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Relativity Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • ASIN: B000005CMT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Hut On Staffin Island/Sandy MacLeod Of Garafad/The Soft Horse Reel 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. There Was A Lady 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gile Mear 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gracelands 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. When Barney Flew Over The Hills 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Leaving Brittany/The Pernod Waltz 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. An Seanduine Doite 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. John Cunningham's Return To Edinburgh/Heather Bells/The Bell Reel/The Limerick Lasses 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ur-Chill An Chreagain 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Connections... 24 Feb 2011
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Nice, if rather ethereal little album from post Bothy Band members Micheal O Domhnaill, sister Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, and Scots folkie brothers Johnny and Phil Cunningham, produced way back in 1984. It still plays well today and unlike its successor maintains a relatively natural, minimally 'synth'/etic sound base.

There are just nine tracks - a mix of songs and airs. Stand out tracks for me include Triona's 'There Was a Lady' a story of love - lost and found, which manages to be both poignant and humorous simultaneously.

Gracelands - a tune composed by Phil Cunningham, is particularly engaging. However the highlight has to be Micheal's stunning rendition of 'Ur-Chill an Chreagain'. His inimitably sensitive vocals, and clear delivery, is reason enough to add this neat, but worthwhile Celtic offering to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must 30 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
amazing, fantastic... for some version I would say "non plus ultra"... ah! notice the sound arrangements with when they were done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relativity 23 Mar 2000
By Gregory S. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful cd. Every cut is heartbreakingly beautiful and the music pulls you in and captivates you. You will listen to it again and again and again and never tire of it. The second cut is especially tender and loving and a joy to hear. You'll never regret having spent the money to buy it. And if you have friends you love, you'll buy it for them also. No greater gift than beautiful music.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Celtic music 7 July 2000
By dannyboy4@bluewin.ch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just when you thought Silly Wizard were from another planet...here we have Relativity. The Cunninghams confirm themselves as musical masters.Their genius matched with wonderful vocals of Triona Ni Dhomhnaill created one more masterpiece. Going through each songs would just force to repeat myself..just one question why should I give just 5 stars? I'd like to give at least 10 as this music is just so beautiful as a summer Irish sky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic album that should attract all young ears. 20 Dec 2003
By Frank Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John Cunningham's recent death reminded me how much I love this album: although I listen to Celtic music far more seldom than 20 years ago, I play this CD a good 6+ times a year. There aren't many songs (just one set of a number of tunes), but the nine that are here are all marvelous, and they provide a wonderful variety. Slow, faster, soft, louder, instrumentals, and songs both in English and Gaelic. The two Dhomnaill siblings (one female and one male) also sing lead vocals, providing additional contrast. All the music is well-played, and you'll do well with this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Brilliant 8 May 2007
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a shame that this group broke up, because the combination of musical talents is awesome. This treasure is a must-have for any Celtic music lover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some uncomfortable tension between traditional, acoustic tunes and fancy electronics, but there are good tunes here 3 Feb 2011
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Phil and Johnny Cunningham (Scotland) and Tríona and Michael Ó Domhnaill (Ireland) were major figures in their countries' traditional music revival in the 1970s and 1980s. Among all their various separate projects (Silly Wizard, The Bothy Band, Skara Brae, etc.), these two pairs of siblings collaborated under the name Relativity for two albums on the Green Linnet label. The eponymous RELATIVITY was the first, released in 1986.

The album is a typical mid-1980s effort in that it seems torn between traditional acoustic music and synthesizers, and between energetic folk music with its basis in live village performance and the more contemplative, New Age sound that many artists were to explore in the 1990s (as did Johnny, Triona and Michael under the name Nightnoise).

I greatly prefer the more unplugged tracks. The opening "The Hut on Staffin Island/Sandy MacLeod of Garafad/The Soft Horse Reel" takes some time to find its footing, but eventually proves confident "John Cunningham's Return to Edinburgh / Heather Bells / The Bell Reel / The Limeric Lasses" is as strong as any traditional instrumental performance these musicians have ever given. "Gile Mear" and "An Seanduine Doite" are rousing songs in Scottish Gaelic and Irish respectively.

On the other hand, "There was a Lady", "Gracelands" and "When Barney Flew Over the Hills" have overly slick modern production. The closing "Úr-Chill An Chreagáin", a setting of Art Mac Cumhaig's Gaelic poem, is lethargic.

Thus I'm left with mixed feelings about the album. RELATIVITY will appeal to fans of "Celtic" music, who would certainly develop an appreciation for these artists from other projects, but I'm reluctant to recommend it to a general audience.
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