on 17 February 2003
Alan Stivell is Britanny's finest musician and this is his finest album, although there are many others which could claim that title (e.g. 'Before Landing', 'A L'Olympia', 'Renaissance Of The Celtic Harp', etc.). This album is defiantly pan-Celtic with songs from Ireland ('Susy MacGuire'), Scotland ('Oidhche Mhaith') and Wales ('Can Y Melinydd') as well as Britanny.
Astounding musicianship from Stivell and his recruits. He's famous for his harp playing but check out the bombarde on 'An Dro Nevez' and the bagpipes on the storming 'Ian Morrisson Reel', truly one of Stivell's triumphs. Those who appreciate the strains of Celtic nationalism that pervade Stivell's work will enjoy the sentiments expressed here: "hep Brezhoneg Breizh ebet" - "without the Breton language there is no Britanny".
Traditional folk elements are augmented with an at times substantially heavy rock component. The two styles make for an album of great diversity, range of mood and tempo and the all-round virtuosity of Stivell makes this a must have.
My mate here beside me who has furnished us with the cultural information in this review has implored me to not be too snotty about the previous reviewer. However, we must point out that folk-rock was born some time earlier ('Liege & Lief'  and 'Basket Of Light'  can both claim to have invented the genre of traditional folk-rock), but in providing us with the pleasure that is 'Chemins De Terre' Stivell has simply done a sterling job of providing us with another indispensible artifact of this style of music.
on 8 February 2014
I saw an Alan Stivell concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London when I was in school in the early to mid 70's. I was into Genesis at the time, but I was absolutely blown away by the experience, and it lives as one of the best concerts I ever went to. The happy songs touch that deep fresh inner joy that just make you want to celebrate being alive - they are just SO happy! The soulful songs are just that; soulful... haunting.
I bought this album all those years ago, but it disappeared along with the rest of my vinyl as I upgraded to cassette tapes. I am so pleased all these years later to have bought the CD again, like a long lost friend...a best friend! Sounds just as good now as it did then. Great musicianship is timeless and enjoyable. This is a truly great and uplifting album, whatever your musical preferences. Don't miss out on it!
on 7 May 2010
Forgive my gushing but I've been listening to this album since I first drew breath, it was a family favourite on vinyl, as children we would dance to it full blast by firelight. Alan's passionate vocals, the raw guitars and heavy drums mixed with the sweet celtic harp stir fires long forgotton. Personal favourites are the rousing Brezhoneg Raok, and the Ian Morrison reel- prepare to do some "riverdance" moves! I love this rendition of She moved through the fair, Alan's english is a little broken but the feeling is there. If you like Peatbog Faeries, Steeleye Span, Show of Hands or any folk, buy this too, it's his best album and a great mix of ballads and tunes to dance around a fire toxxx