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(08 November 2003) The name Clannad stands for an abbreviation of
Clann As Dobhar, in English Family from Dore (Gweedore, Co. Donegal).
This group from Ireland has been successfully existing for over thirty
years now, and in addition to enhancing the status of Irish language
which they use as their mother tongue, they have also been able to
boost the strong Irish music culture even further. Not forgeting
the fact that Clannad has been a springboard to the solo career of
the lead vocalist of the group, Máire (Moya) Brennan as well as
her sister Enya who was performed in Clannad in 1979-1982. As a
mark of the success, the group has been able to win numerous
major music awards such as Bafta and Ivor Novello, as well as
make music for many movies and television series.
One part of Clannad's anniversary as a band is the release of a
new collection entitled In A Lifetime, as well as reissuing
some of their older studio albums with new remixed songs as bonus
tracks. This collection covers the material from Clannad's first
big hits (such as the duet"In A Lifetime" with Bono of U2 and
"Theme From Harry's Game" which was a number one hit in the UK in
1982-1983) to the "Robin of Sherwood" TV series (starring Michael
Praed) music as well as music from latter albums Anam (1990),
Lore (1996) and Landmarks (1998).
Although this compilation is not Clannad's first, it certainly
deserves special attenton. Whereas previous compilations have covered
mostly the group's earlier career and the more traditional songs
and pieces, this one spans from years 1982 to 1998 and continues
the series of the group's compilations. Band members--Máire and
her brothers Paul and Ciarán as well as her uncles Noel and Padraig
Duggan--have chosen their own favourites for this compilation.
Of course many long-time fans of Clannad, Máire and Enya may already have almost all of the original albums and other compilations as well, but this one contains some great tracks that may be difficult to obtain elsewhere. These tracks include "What Will I Do" from the film Message In A Bottle (1998), a great duet between Máire and Paul Young, "Both Sides Now," from the movie Switch (1991), a piece called "Christmas Angels," originally released as a single in 1997 as well as the new, great remixes of some Clannad songs (and Máire's collaboration piece "Saltwater" with Chicane) on the bonus disc of the Limited Edition.
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So, no matter if you are new to the band or a long time enthusiast, this compilation is really a must listen!--Suvi Kaikkonen