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The Standing Stones of Callanish


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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • ASIN: B0000018X9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chloe's Day
2. Blessed Land
3. Eye of the Hawk
4. Mist on the Morning Hills
5. Standing Stones of Callanish
6. Raven in the Oak Tree
7. Stag Running Stream and the Greenwood
8. Coming of the North Wind
9. Autumn Leaves Fall One by One
10. Winter's Story by the Firelight
11. Leaving
12. Soft Light Still Water
13. Journey Across the Crystal Sea
14. Remembering

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Off the northwest coast of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis, rise the Standing Stones of Callanish. The main ring of these stones is often called the Scottish Stonehenge. The importance and purpose of the stones is not known. Theories suggests possibilities such as a transducer for healing energy, an astronomical observatory, a place of sunmoon worship, or an entryway to places that exist in Celtic myth. Jon Mark's The Standing Stones of Callanish conveys the mystery and otherworldly quality of these stones. The melodies have a gentle Celtic quality and repeating themes drift dreamily through various harmonic backgrounds. The music is intelligently constructed and deeply inspired. Using synthesizers, Jon Mark creates a delicate and rich orchestral sound that seems to arise directly from the misty Isle of Lewis, the hallowed site of the Standing Stones of Callanish.

About the Artist

A top English session musician in the 60s, Jon Mark played with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull, to blues sensation John Mayall. As the decade came to a close, the vocalist, composer and guitarist began exploring the potential of jazz rock fusion as coleader of the highly influential Mark-Almond band. After the group dispersed in the late 70s, Mark moved to New Zealand.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dreamer Girl on 4 Sep 2011
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I used to own this in cassette form a very long time ago. And yes, I am an aging hippie chick. This music still calms my soul and helps me let go of all those parts of my life that seem unbearable. I use it for meditation. I use it for reading. I use it for Reiki and Yoga background music. I use it when I'm in the midst of a panic attack. I use it when I want to remember a kinder, gentler world. I have always loved the songs on this and unlike some 'New Age' recordings that just haven't aged very well, it is still an album that stays in my iPod at all times. This review is very subjective, I know... but I don't know how else to approach it.
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For lack of another relevant label, this is new age music - ie - it is suitable for background listening, quiet contemplation or even meditation and it is instrumental, using synths, but the overall feeling is traditional rather than electronic.

"Callanish" stands apart from so much of the music in this style in that it is well composed, interesting, moving...
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By witchygirl on 17 April 2014
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Having visited the Standing Stones at Callanish I found this album spoke to me. The music brings the stones to life. One of my favourite Pagan CDs.
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By jhock on 18 Mar 2013
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Tendency towards the soporific.Though in fairness I have not continually played it so it may prove to be a grower.Much prefer his work with Johnny Almond a great jazz-rock partnership and well worth checking out.See also Mayall's Beyond the Turning Point.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Mesmerising 28 Jan 2003
By Second Attention - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the new age ....
Jon Mark has a unique sonic signature in the world of new age music. 'His' sound is realised, beautifully, on this CD. Unfortunately he has milked it for all it's worth on many projects after and this sound has worn thin, very much like Enya's music.
That aside, The Standing Stones of Callanish is a very unique and haunting work. The whole piece is produced using synthesizers to create an ethereal drone of simple melodies and deep atmosphere that captures the imagination and transports the listener to ancient times. It's the subtle use of sounds and textures coupled with beautiful melodies that really makes this CD stand out from the majority of new age dross.
The track 'Coming of the North Wind' in particular is utterly spellbinding in its hypnotic force and movement. The music really does conjur up a feeling of distant times and romantic scenery.
In 1989 I travelled to the Lake District (England) for the first time and looked over Ullswater in the late afternoon as the steel grey clouds gathered in an early autumn sky.
The lake reflected the distant mountains and the moving clouds. A light, chill breeze blew over the water.
At that moment the music from this album entered my mind and the whole scene connected. Everytime I listen to this CD I think of those days and that particular memory.
I appreciate that this is a personal thought but I feel it is relevant in illustrating the emotional and atmospheric feel of Jon Mark's work.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonerdul Solitary Music 26 May 2000
By Richard C. Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording is a wonderful piece to listen to while enjoying a fire in the fireplace on a dark and stormy night with you and nothing but a glass of port. It transforms your spirit into joy and solitude. I have all of Jon Mark's recordings. He is outstanding.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Moody, somber and haunting! 28 Aug 2004
By Distant Voyageur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 1988 debut album from New Age guru Jon Mark is a haunting tribute to the distant Ancient past and is a vivid musical portrayal of the Standing Stones of Callanish in the British Isles. The music is dark, melancholy, and ambient. "Chloe's Day" is my favorite song on this album having a celtic tone to it and a gray cloudy-evening atmosphere to it. Not all of this album is dark. "A Journey Across the Crystal Sea" is a very pleasant song with a much sunnier mood than the rest of this album. The last song "Remembering" is a tear-jerking closer with an eerie mood. This is one of the best New Age electrnoic albums of the 1980s and is highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
remember the past 8 Mar 2001
By paul meuleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was discovered many years ago that the best music has a beat slower than our own heart. The `sacred fifths` beat is still valid today as then. Re-discover what`s in our shared memories and listen to the semi-medivel refrains as this album suggests we wonder at the presence of these stones and the meanings they hold for us. You need to be able to get into it without being interupted. If you connect with it, try also` The Land of Merlin`
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Top Rated! 22 Mar 2005
By David F. Mamrak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who loves ambient, "new age" type music, this disc is a must. The pieces here are very soothingly played on synthesizer. This album is one that is great to play after a long taxing day. I have had this in my collection for 15 years and it always close to my CD player. The songs "Chloe's Day" and "Journey Across the Crystal Sea" are worth the price of the disc alone. Highly recommended!
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