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The Celtic Book of Days

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David Arkenstone 21/0/1998
Anyone who loves the Chieftains but is looking for music with more of a beat will likely end up wearing out this jewel of a CD, 66 minutes of some of the most delectably written and produced Celtic-themed instrumental music ever recorded by anybody. "Equos Fair" starts off with a spirited quotation of original and traditional themes (especially one piece that is often quoted by Alan Stivell) on pipes, tin whistle, harp, guitar, and drums, with horns -- the effect sort of makes one think of the Chieftains imitating Ennio Morricone. There are some gorgeous choral passages as well, and swelling, airy new age interludes (after all, this is a Windham Hill release), and synthesizer-ornamented sections that may recall Mike Oldfield at his most lyrical. Some tracks, like "Heart of Spring," move a little too close to Celtic-flavored movie music, but even there it's good Celtic-flavored film-style composition. Overall, this is memorable, alternately exciting and soothing, and one of the most worthwhile releases in the Windham Hill catalog. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Equis Fair PT4M27S
  3. 2 Heart of Spring PT4M46S
  4. 3 Storm Cry PT4M40S
  5. 4 Road to the Faire PT5M26S
  6. 5 Light of the Water PT4M36S
  7. 6 In the Ancient Time PT3M31S
  8. 7 The Festival PT5M5S
  9. 8 Yearning Hearts PT3M29S
  10. 9 Behind Walls of Stone PT5M19S
  11. 10 The Boats PT5M2S
  12. 11 Cailleachs Whisper PT3M31S
  13. 12 Children of the Sun PT3M11S
  14. 13 The Turning of the Year PT4M52S
  15. 14 The Dragon's Breath PT3M28S
  16. 15 The Quest of Culwch PT4M48S

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