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A missed opportunity,
This review is from: Legend (Audio CD)
"Legend" might well be the best soundtrack accompaniment to any TV or film feature EVER. Anyone complaining that Clannad "aren't using traditional instruments" is barking up the wrong tree; the ultra-tight, synthesised sound achieved by the group on the album fits the new-age influenced mystical / spiritual side of "Robin of Sherwood" absolutely perfectly.
I'll freely concede that you need to be into "Robin of Sherwood" to really get "Legend", but - hey! - it's a soundtrack. And with that proviso, there just isn't a duff track; it's flawless from beginning to end. The range of emotions achieved with such understatement beggars belief; this is a band at the absolute peak of their powers. (Album producer Tony Clarke deserves huge credit, which he never appears to get.)
So "Legend" itself is five stars all the way - my one complaint with this reissue is that, as an "extra", we get a throwaway rubbishy dub-and-bass-techno-ambient-jungle-hardcore remix of one of the tracks which my nephew could have done in 5 minutes on any PC. There remain 10 or 12 fantastic Clannad "Legend"-era tracks which were used in "Robin", but which didn't make the original album, lying dormant somewhere. Why didn't THESE make the reissue?
A clue to the hidden (lost?) bounty is to be found right at the end of "Scarlet Inside", where the band shake off the "quick hit" requirements of a TV soundtrack, and drums, synth and bass start improvising to fantastic effect. It sounds like it would have been worth listening to for another 10 minutes at least - but of course, it gets faded after about 30 seconds.
Clannad, if you're reading - whilst writing and recording "Legend", you were out of this world; why can't we have more of it?
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2010 01:05:28 GMT
Tim H says:
Hi to add that up if you get Clannad live in concert from 2010, theres a melody which contains new music.
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