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The Celts Import

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  • Audio CD (June 27 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002MSM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
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1. The Celts
2. Aldebaran
3. I Want Tomorrow
4. March Of The Celts
5. Deireadh An Tuath
6. The Sun In The Stream
7. To Go Beyond (I)
8. Fairytale
9. Epona
10. Triad: St. Patrick/Cu Chulainn/Oisin
11. Portrait (Out Of The Blue)
12. Boadicea
13. Bard Dance
14. Dan Y Dwr
15. To Go Beyond (II)

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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

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Format: Audio CD
"The Celts" was my first exposure to Enya approximately ten years ago (could have been longer). The only song I had heard by Enya was "Orinocco Flow" from the old Crystal Light commercials (whoever thought of using that song for a Crystal Light commercial was brilliant). I bought the cassette version of "The Celts" on a whim. Ten years plus some, it still remains heavily played. I have a couple of Enya's cds (her last album and her greatest hits cd) and used to own "Caribbean Blue". None of her cds following "The Celts" really matched up to the quality I heard on "The Celts". Not to say that Enya's other cds aren't any good but I do think that "The Celts" is her best work. I love every single song. The lush instrumentation and melodies are breathtaking. The music doesn't sound nowhere as sappy as some of the songs off "A Day Without Rain" (solid album but too short). What I really love about this particular album is the stringed instruments used on the songs, especially on "I Want Tomorrow". The stringed instruments gives an emotional feel to the songs. There isn't any songs that I didn't like or felt was only so-so. I hope Enya releases a new album very soon. Her music is soothing and very relaxing to listen to after a long day at the office.
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This work was actually released in 1986 on vynil not 1987.
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!
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Enya, former member of 'Clannad' brings together in 'The Celts' a project of stories, images and impressions that are a part of Celtic history and mythology. Set to beautiful digital, piano, percussion, uilleen pipes and harp music combined with the lush, mystical vocals of Enya. This may not be one of her best offerings compared to her other more recognize albums, 'Watermark' and 'Shepherd Moons.' I'm not saying it's a bad album, but most of her stronger works are found in the mentioned before. You may find this enchanting and a different approach of her work. This soundtrack creation portrays it's story into music about the various themes on the album.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
Though this may be Enya's most ethereal album, her first in popular release, it is the one cited the least of her output. Which is curious, since it is the one that was engineered from the beginning as a soundtrack, something most of her later music turns into, anyway. "The Celts", the title track, in fact, may be the only well-known tune on the album!
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.
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