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Macalla Original recording, Import


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Clannad, the legendary Irish family group responsible for such timeless music as ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, ‘In A Lifetime’, ‘I Will Find You’ and the soundtrack to the ‘Robin of Sherwood’ TV series, make a welcome return to recording with a new album to be released in September 2013.

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording, Import
  • Label: Tara
  • ASIN: B001GNNSMM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Original 1985 Irish Tara label LP edition featuring U2's Bono

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Londonist on 1 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I own six Clannad albums, the first of which I bought twenty years ago. Macalla, originally released in 1985, is not just my favourite Clannad album, but one of the best-loved albums in my entire collection. I believe it is their strongest and most widely accessible work. Whereas their earlier albums were strongly rooted in the traditional folk genre (lovely, but not always accessible to the eclectic listener) and their later albums leaned more strongly towards pop and new age (to my folk-leaning ear, usually too sweet and over-produced), Macalla is a beautifully conceived crossover album. The majesty and beauty of Clannad's traditional folk harmonies and Celtic musicianship are enriched and enhanced on Macalla by exciting, sophisticated pop, rock and jazz influences. The lead vocalist, Máire Brenna, is the star of the album. Máire's haunting, clear and delicate voice has never sounded more beautiful or compelling than it does here. Her vocals on the standout track 'A Wild Cry' are nothing short of ravishing. Other particularly fine tracks are 'Caislean Oir', 'In a Lifetime', 'Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)', 'Buachaill on Eirne' and 'Northern Skyline'. Interesting changes in pace throughout the album provide entertaining contrasts. 'Indoor' is a sparkling, exhilarating pop-rock track with guitars, drums, sax, heartracing lead vocals by Máire and gorgeous harmonies which are all reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac at their very best. 'Closer to Your Heart' is a jaunty, enjoyable, guitar-based pop track, and one of their best-known songs. Perhaps the odd track out here is Blackstairs, with one of the Clannad men on lead vocal, which nevertheless provides a pleasant, gentle interlude.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I couldn't make up my mind which version to buy, the original RCA release here Macalla or the remaster. But then I realized that neither costs very much and ended up getting both. I guess I'm glad I did.

The album itself is excellent, and there's nothing to add to the other reviews. On the remastering I'm not particularly impressed. There's a little more detail, but nothing that's a revelation. The new bonus remix of the opening track is, I'm afraid, a disaster. It's so tried to take a tune, to add a driving beat, and call it a remix. And the opening is very ethereal, moody. This is destroyed in the remix. I suppose it's just not for me.

On the other hand, at least the remastered version has a decent booklet, the original release is rather sparse. The only downside of the new booklet is the horrid new cover art. You can get around it somewhat because - on the back page of the new booklet - the original artwork has been included (thank goodness).

So anyway, if you're looking to buy this disc, I'd say go with whatever the cheapest option is. The newer version is okay, but the new cover art and the needless remix are really poor.

It's certainly good music though!
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 14 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
A very sublime and atmospheric album consisting of ten thought-provoking songs - including the upbeat 'Journeys End' - slipped in just before the end which is somewhat different from the rest of the album.

I was first drawn to this group by the hit 'Theme From Harry's Game', ('Caislean Oir' is a similar track here) and was later 'sold' when I saw the video of 'Almost Seems Too Late To Turn' shown on a late night TV show.

All ten songs are full of atmosphere and when you're in a certain mood really impressive, and these have great impact. No wonder I later became a big fan of 'Enya'!

A very beautiful album!

N. B. Also features the hit 'In A Lifetime' featuring U2s 'Bono'!
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By David Alec Pybus on 13 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having seen them live a few weeks ago this disc did not disappoint. Although nowehere near as good as a live performance Macalla showed up all the facets of their work very well indeed.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lovely and restful, great to listen to when cooking as it really calms me down after a stressful day, the good stuff never dies!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Wharf on 27 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
I first purchased this album on cassette when it was originally released and I finally updated to CD last week. It's taken me a long time to do this as I never really liked Macalla when I first bought it. I was hoping something might have happened in my physche over the years and I would love this album. Nothing has changed as I still don't like it. I know that this album is touted as one of Clannads best - I just don't understand why. My favourite tracks are Caislean Oir and the beautiful Buachaill on Eirne. I must also be one of the few who don't really like In A Lifetime - at least when I saw them perform this there was no screeching Bono or Brian Kennedy - so that was good. One surprise track was Blackstairs - mainly as one of the Brennan men is singing lead which is always a nice change - I think it's Pól as he wrote it and it doesn't sound like Ciarán. The absence of flute and whistle on this album is really annoying to me as I love these instruments. Too much synth , not enough Irish songs and too pop orientated for my liking. I'm pleased I have now completed my Clannad CD collection with this album (don't have Sirius - that's a different story) and I am sorry I still don't like it. Thank goodness they have -as Pól stated - gone back to go forward - with their new album Nádúr.
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