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Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
It's hard to qualify what "best of" could mean in the case of a band as prolific as Altan. This was a record label collection (the best of the Green Linnet years) and it is just that from Frankie Kennedy's slow reel, "The ... more »
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It's hard to qualify what "best of" could mean in the case of a band as prolific as Altan. This was a record label collection (the best of the Green Linnet years) and it is just that from Frankie Kennedy's slow reel, "The Sunset," through the jigs, reels and airs that they play so well. Mairead Ni Mhaoinaigh on fiddle also supplies their trademark voice, Ciaran Tourish and Paul O'Shaughnessy are on fiddles as well, Frankie Kennedy is on flute plus various instruments by Ciaran Curran, Mark Kelly and Daithi Sproule. As a bonus there is a second CD, a live recording taken from the soundboard of a 1989 concert. --Louis Gibson
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Myra S. (ignolopi) from SLC, UT
Reviewed on 6/21/2011...
I wouldn't call this selection the 'best' of Altan, but it certainly holds great tunes. A Bhean Udai Thall is much fun. Moll Dubh A' Ghleanna is definitely one of my favorites. The Flower Of Magherally is very pretty, Altan does one of the best versions of that song. I love Dulaman. I also like 'Si Do Mhaimeo I.
Others are pretty, but not favorites. There are a lot of jigs/reels, which can be fun, but also can all start to blend together. As far as jigs/reels go, Altan has some of the most fun, but even then I would rather have the vocal tracks.
If you are looking for an introduction to Altan, you might try this CD, but I would recommend Blue Idol or Another Sky, or Red Crow.
Better Than I Expected
Kenneth French | Montclair, NJ | 03/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm an Irish music snob and tend to shun any band that gets too much attention. So I avoided Altan for a long time until I finally picked up this collection. I couldn't have been more wrong about them. Traditional and high-spirited without being too pop. Highly recommended."
They send you back to better times.
Jason | 03/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm knew to the celtic world and have been diving into buying my music without even knowing what they sound like or whether I'll like them or not. This one I got lucky. I really like this group and album. It took me a few listens to appreciate them but when I did I really did. If your anything like me (and are new to the celtic world) then I recommend this one. It'll make you wanta search for other celtic groups. Altan changes it around pretty well Their instrumentals sound like "blue grass" (Where do you think blue grass got it's roots?) and the singing it'll either make you feel like dancing a jig or holding your love one in your arm. It's never depressing though only either beautifully done or knee slapping good. Give it a shot."