|1. The Celts|
|3. I Want Tomorrow|
|4. March Of The Celts|
|5. Deireadh An Tuath|
|6. The Sun In The Stream|
|7. To Go Beyond (I)|
|10. Triad: St. Patrick/Cu Chulainn/Oisin|
|11. Portrait (Out Of The Blue)|
|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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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!
Always a subtle artist, Enya has created an album of musical "bits" that tell an invisible story of a time gone by. Some of the pieces feature a little bit of gentle Gaelic singing. But most pieces are instrumental only, and they range from pieces that sound like warriors on the brink of a raid, to pieces that sound like women sharing secrets of magic. One piece sounds like a sun rising over rolling hills. How can a piece of music "sound" like that? I don't know. You have to hear it to understand. It invokes a vision.
I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys Celtic music or who is interested in the age of the Celts' glory. Though subtle, this music transports you back in time better than ballads ever could.
And I would also recommend this to Enya fans, because whether or not you're intrigued by the topic, this is one of her very best albums.
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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
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