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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • ASIN: B000005COF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The word Altan means a "stream", but "raging river" might better describe the career of this band. Harvest Storm was a watershed album, offering a solid mix of forward-looking idealism while holding fast to tradition. It earned the group numerous awards, and paired with Island Angel, may be the best work they'll ever produce. They pay close attention to their Northern roots here. Songs like the title track and "Pretty Peg" attain high energy while the closing track, "Dobbin's Flowery Vale", remembers the power of the sad, subtle ballad. There's no lack of history to their vision, and no lack of interest in the new sounds of Celtic music, but Altan was still staying above the coming tide of synthesised swoosh that defines Celtic music in the 1990s. --Louis Gibson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have had 3 copies of this album now, and I'm about to buy another one! I gave the first 2 away, and lost my last one - and still keep coming back for more! The album is fantastic. Unlike most albums (even the best ones), there isn't a single track on it that I would prefer wasn't there. There is a wonderful mix of tempos, the raucous opening tunes, the haunting Mo Choill, the quirky and humourous Si Do Mhaimeo and the beautiful ethereal Dobbin's Flowery Vale (my favourite). I have all the Altan albums, and to my mind this is the best - it is certainly my favourite. I'd be very surprised if everyone couldn't find something on here to enjoy, and I defy anyone to keep their feet still when the old favourites Drowsy Maggie and Rakish Paddy are given the treatment! All I can say is I wouldn't be without this beside my CD player!
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By Bertie on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this on the strength of its reputation. Yup, they're right, it's really very good. My young daughter wanders the house humming the tunes.

I've listened again and again, each time it seems to get better.
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By Herbie on 12 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am not sure which is the best Altan album it is either Harvest Storm or Island Angel both are great.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The best work by the best Celtic group of the last 20 years 12 Jan. 2000
By Colin R. Glassey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Harvest Storm is the perfect Altan album. There is not a weak song here. The playing, the singing, the arrangements are all perfect. The song "King of the Pipers" is just about the best song they ever recorded (only An Mhaighhdean Mhara from Island Angel is better).
Truth is, Island Angel (their very next recording) and this record are two of the most beautiful records you will ever hear.
Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself here. What is so special about Altan? Well they play Irish/Celtic music. Very traditional yet somehow modern in the way they approach the music. They take this music VERY seriously. Not that they aren't having a good time but this music matters and they play it with a cool but fierce passion.
Whatever their motivation, Altan picks great songs and then plays them BETTER than anyone has ever played them before. They don't write much original material (usually one or two songs per record) but when you hear their version of the song, somehow, it feels right!
One must also mention the singing of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. She doesn't sing on every track, about half of each record is pure instrumentals. But when she does sing, she can break your heart.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Single Best CD of Irish Music ever! 31 Jan. 2003
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is only one thing you need to know about this disc: It is the best CD of Irish Music ever created. Altan is every bit the artistic and creative equivalent of the Miles Davis group with Coltrane and Evans. In the jazz world, the music never ever got that amazing after them, and the world was by no means ready for works like "Kind of Blue."
Say the same for this outfit. Especially since at the time of the recording, leader Frankie Kennedy knew his life was running out. Maybe that is what infuses every breath he plays on this CD with a sense of urgency. Maybe that is what took his remarkable colleagues to unprecedented heights on this collective outpouring of emotional and compelling music. This is genius from the very beginning note until all dissolves painfully away in "Dobbins Flowery Vale."
One more disc with this lineup would follow and it would be Frankie's coda, and leave a legacy that will be treasured and preserved long, long after all of us are gone. But right here is when it all went supernova. Mairead is the greatest Irish fiddle player ever in the entire history of the tradition. She rips through these reels, schottisches and slips jigs with unbridled passion. Her voice comes from someplace mystical and transports the listener to the realms only aislings can see. She brings the very best out of Ciaran Tourish and Daithi Sproule as they counter her parries on fiddle and in daithi's case on vocals. Holding down the rhythm as no one else, including the esteemable Mr Lunny, is Ciaran Curran. As co-founder with Mairead and Frankie, he knew well the precipice they were approaching with Frankie's illness. Bravery infuses his indomitable spirit in centering all the proceedings on this disc. Live at this stage, they were incandescently brilliant. White hot! In the studio, a sense of the divine settles in and the entire confidence that Music brings to those who are devoted from the heart pours out at times on fire, at times like honey.
If you are only to own 1 CD in your life of Irish music, this is the one. This is the Holy Grail of an entire tradition. The remarkable thing is they did it again with "Island Angel."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant traditional Irish fare with a twist 9 Mar. 1999
By R. Banfield - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who think Celtic music is limited to Riverdance or those droning new-age "Celtic Moods" compilations, welcome to Altan. This is exciting, traditional, Saturday-night-at-the-pub music that will have you dancing one minute and crying the next. But just when you think you can't deal with one more second of fiddling, here comes "Si Do Mhaimeo I" with its unusual accompaniment. I love this CD and so will you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for any fan of Irish music. 27 Jan. 2003
By Tom Knapp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are certain albums that rank somewhere above "excellent," which are almost mandatory pieces of a Celtic music collection. Silly Wizard's Live Wizardry is one. Leahy's debut album is another. And then there's Altan's Harvest Storm.
Altan lays claim to an extremely talented bunch of musicians who keep the instrumental pieces tight and lively. They are, without doubt, among the best ensemble players calling Ireland their home.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best album from the best current traditional band 20 May 1998
By P. Lozar - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I like all the recordings from Altan's first ten years, but this is my favorite. It has all the characteristic Altan sounds: lively reels, bumptious humor (Donal agus Morag), and lovely vocals. But the final track, Frankie Kennedy's flute solo (with electronic accompaniment, uncredited but I suspect it's Donal Lunny) is one of the most haunting pieces of music ever recorded: two versions of a traditional tune, beautifully played, and with a melancholy undertone that perhaps reflects Kennedy's struggle with and impending death from cancer. No lover of traditional Celtic music should be without this album.
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