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First 10 Years: 1986-95
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
A Stunning Cross Section of the Repertoire that Preceded the Group's International Breakthrough with Island Angel. All of the Music Here Draws on a Deep Well of Traditional Irish Music but the Youth, Vitality and Performan... more »
A Stunning Cross Section of the Repertoire that Preceded the Group's International Breakthrough with Island Angel. All of the Music Here Draws on a Deep Well of Traditional Irish Music but the Youth, Vitality and Performance Skills Injected Into the Songs, Reels and Jigs Effortlessly Updates the Sound for Contemporary Ears.
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An excellent selection
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the beginning, Altan was characterized by its passionate, full-blooded performances of traditional tunes, and of recent compositions in the traditional manner. Although their personnel varied and they went through several producers, their albums are consistently listenable and of high quality. With the 1994 death of Frankie Kennedy, who co-founded the band with his wife Maire ni Mhaonaigh, the band lost one of its anchors. Although they've rebounded and done some excellent work since then, their sound is different without Kennedy's delicate and thoughtful flute playing.
This CD presents highlights from the five albums the band made before Kennedy's death. The selection is uniformly excellent and showcases the band's range, from wild jigs and reels to the almost corny "Tommy Bhetty's Waltz," the humorous "Donal agus Morag," and the distinctive "Mazurka." The vocals are lovely, and the two solo flute selections are beautifully done. And the final track is heartbreaking: by the time it was recorded, Kennedy was struggling with cancer, and his consciousness of his own mortality gives his performance a profound sadness that almost brought me to tears the first time I heard it. If you already have Altan's first five albums, there are no surprises here, but if you aren't familiar with their work this is a great place to start."
One of the best Celtic Folk Music Groups
Marc Axelrod | Potter, Wi USA | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been delving into Irish music quite a bit, and Altan is one of the best groups around. Some of the songs are instrumental (like the foot tapping "Andy De Jarlis/Ingonish/Mrs. McGhee" and the opening "Pretty Peg/New Ships A-Sailing/The Bird's Nest/The Man From Bundoran," and some are sung by women (like the achingly beautiful "Ceol A'Phiobaire" and the infectious celtic pop "Donal Agus Morag," which will make you want to sing along even when you don't know the language.
This is beautiful celtic music, good for background music or for playing in your store, or in the office, or for humming along in the car.