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Concert

Alan Stivell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B0000258N7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alan Stivell Olympia Concert

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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Harp on about 31 July 2005
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in the early seventies, this is Alan Stivell at his best. The first few songs are accoustic, with Alan, singing and playing the harp accompanied by accoustic guitars. However, on what was side two on the original vinyl, things are ramped up with a full rock band joining in - peaking with the stunning Tri Martolod, which is apparently a Breton fishing song.

If you like Songs from the Wood era Jethro Tull you should try this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a l'Olympia - THE essential Stivell album 23 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was everyone's favourite Alan Stivell album in the 70s. It was originally called a l'Olympia (that's 'a' with an accent over in it as in French - I could probably figure out how to do that with my keyboard but I can't be bothered). In the 90s a lot of the material on this was revisited on the 'Again' album with a star guest list including Shane MacGowan. 'Again' is quite a good album but this is a great one. I don't know anything about the band on 'Again'- whether they played with him regularly or were session musicians brought together for the album - but on the Olympia concert he's with the band that was his regular outfit for years, including wonderful guitarist Dan ar Bras (sometimes spelled Braz), and it's got the feel of musicians who've played together a lot, and are well on top of it and into it. This is up with Fairport Convention's 'Liege and Lief' as one of THE essential folk-rock albums. Stivell is a Breton (from Brittany in France for those who don't know)and he plays a variety of Breton, Scots and Irish tunes and songs, sings and plays the celtic harp sometimes with full rock band and a piper and fiddler. Quite ethereal, haunting music. Brittany is like Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Ireland one of the places that was a last outpost of the Celtic peoples who were subdued by the Romans and then replaced elsewhere by the Germanic tribes in the dark ages, and like Cape Breton in Newfoundland and the Appalachian mountains in the USA (both settled by emigre Scots) Brittany has a musical tradition recognisably related to Scots and Irish music. And for those English who might feel excluded by this, I have to say that I'm not entirely convinced that the Celtic connection has a lot to do with it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the past 30 Dec 2011
By TonyC
Format:Audio CD
I bought this as part of my vinyl replacement programme: which of the LPs I haven't listened to in the ten years since we got rid of the last record player were still worth having? This one hasn't disappointed.

I had forgotten just how of his time Stivell was, and this really shows in the "let's pretend we can do heavy metal" opening of Pop Plinn. I had forgotten how bad his English accent is: "in squaydrons" for "in squadrons" in The Foggy Dew. But that is all dismissable as the warmth and colour of The King of the Fairies, or the intensitity of Telenn Gwad take over. Suite Sudarmoricaine is a fantastic ending and confirms just how much of a live album this is.

I remember in 1974 when I bought the LP wishing that I had been to this concert. Listening again at the end of 2011, I still wish I had been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then......... and love it now 5 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album has been with me for years. I bought it recently as it was now on Cd and I was worried my cassette might be getting worn.....

This is why people rated Stivell. The sound quality is a bit iffy by today's stqandards but the performance more than makes up for it. I had the privilege of seeing Stivell play most of this set again a few years ago in St Malo castle - memorable to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Stivell Olympia 18 Nov 2011
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I bought this as an LP when first issued in the 1970's, which dates me. It captivated me when young, and still does, so I was very pleased to find it on CD, thank you Amazon. This live recording followed the seminal 'Renaissance of the Celtic Harp' which I unreservedly also recommend. In addition to championing the harp - and being an excellent player - which that recording showcased beautifully; Stivell introduced many to music from Gaelic speaking countries and in particular his native Brittany. This live recording could probably be described as emerging from the folk rock movement of the late 1960's, but that does it an injustice. It is a combination of traditional folk instruments (harp, bombard, fiddles), cellos and electric guitars, keyboards etc; and a combination off a few familiar folk songs and many much less familiar Breton pieces, all beautifully played with great feeling and, when appropriate, gusto: just listen to the electric guitar of Dan Ar Bras on Pop Plinn. Has it aged? I'll leave those who explore it to judge, but to my mind, anyone listening now will find it fresh, new and I think, still exciting. Try it. If uncertain, several of the pieces are on YouTube so you can sample first.
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