The Celts Import
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Reissue of Enya's debut album from 1986, on which she perfected the spectral vocals and Celtic musical textures that were to bring her platinum on Watermark . Includes one song, Portrait , remixed for this re-release.
Born Eithne Ni Bhraonain, this classically-trained pianist was kid sister in the musical family that became Clannad, joining the Irish band in 1979 but dropping out amicably three years later to pursue her own muse. This music, produced in the mid-'80s as the soundtrack to a BBC series, was released as her debut in 1987 and promptly ignored--yet its mix of atmospheric soundscapes and Enya's lush, layered vocals, sung in both English and Gaelic, is the template for her subsequent global hits, beginning with Watermark the following year. --Sam Sutherland
Top Customer Reviews
At a time when 'New Age' music wasn't really defined. I have the original vynil AND CD with the front cover showing Enya, in black high heels, posing with two, snarling, stuffed wolves! Hard to imagine now, but at that time she didn't have the name or image she has now.
Her music is now well known, but Celts still remains her finest work. Because her 'sound' was so unique at the time it has proven difficult to create other works that stand out. I feel the next 2 albums worked well (Orinico Flow and Shepherd Moons) but the sound starts to wear thin on more recent releases.
The Celts contains so much atmosphere and innovative sounds that it is difficult to pin down just what it is that makes it such a fantastic album. Enya's ethereal voice is a good starting point, coupled with the talents of producer Nicky Ryan, the lush synthesizer backdrops and multi-tracked vocals create a fantasy world of sublime mystery and magic.
If you are a fan of 'New Age' music and haven't heard this, well, all I can say is get it. Now!
Each piece is a work and interpretation of the legends of the Celts. 'Aldebaran' begins the journey of the future Celts to new territories. 'I Want Tomorrow' are thoughts of the present and echoes from the past in 'March of the Celts.' 'Deireadh an Tuath' and 'The Sun in the Stream' inspires the fertile earth and possession of truth. 'To go Beyond' reflects on the future. 'Fairytale' is a story of great love, jealousy, secrets and endurance. 'Epona' set to harp music protrays the Horse Goddess. 'Triad: St. Patrick, Cú Chulainn, Oisin,' protrays the final loss of Celtic beliefs are converted to Christianity, the hero saga of Táin Bó Cualgne, Tir na n Og-the Land of Youth are set to vocals. 'Portrait (Out of the Blue)' is a piano sound piece. 'Boadicea,' Queen of the Iceni tribe is vocal humming, drums and digital syths. 'Bard Dance' represents the image of ancient Celt set to drums and harp music in the ancient king's court. 'Dan y D`wr' a violin lament of Welsh village Capel Celyn-memories buried beneath the waters of it's sad fate. If you close your eyes and see the images of the ancient Celts, you get the feeling that you're visiting the times of kings, queens, heros and legends that shaped the land of the Celts. Just use your imagination.
However, if you ever wanted to score a science fiction or fantasy movie, this would the one album of hers to mine from. One cut, "Aldebaron", is even dedicated to Ridley Scott, who, at the time this album was written and recorded, was well known mostly for his visually impressive sci-fi and fantasy films.
The titular tune, "The Celts", is a rambling piece that puts you in mind of a pack of wild mustangs or Shetland ponies galloping across a mountainous plain, kicking up dust as their heads bob up and down in time to the music. This is one album where Enya hardly seems to sing one discernible, storytelling lyric. The songs all seem to be "breathed", rather than sung, when they ARE sung, but the effect is still enchanting. (Sheesh! I almost NEVER use that word!)
EVERY cut on this album is superb, but it still stands as the great overlooked album of the Enya catalog.
Most recent customer reviews
Right in line with her other recordings in regards to composition and performance. My third album from Enya.Published 4 months ago by Alpina Roadster-S
This is the first Enya CD I ever bought. It sold me and I have been a big fan ever since. Every song is a winner.Published on June 26 2004 by M. Alther
Supposedly, listening to Mozart's music helps you concentrate, retain information and give you a calm, balanced state of mind. Read morePublished on May 25 2004
This is a gorgeous CD. The music beautifully reflects the Celts, from it's fiesty brutality to it's lovely and inspiring Pagan beliefs. Read morePublished on May 8 2004
Firstly, most of the tracks in this album is in of course, Gaelic. When you listen to the song I want tommorow, what you hear is a younger and higher pitched Enya, but still good. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Christine
This is totally her best.
I adore this Cd. It's really great music.
The sun in the streem is so beautiful, I felt I could faint the first time I heard it. Read more
Can words describe the breathlessness and shivers I feel whenever I hear "Fairytale", "Triad: St Patrick", and "Bard Dance"?
No. Read more
I first heard this in the original BBC recording from a cassette tape owned by an old school friend of mine in 1987... awesome.. it reflected all the emotions I had then and now.. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Andrew in Kent
I find this music to be relaxing, especially after a long day at work. I also do massage therapy on the side and most of my clients have found this music to relax them. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Brandi Bechtel
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