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Import only remastered reissue of the band's 1984 collection with new artwork features 11 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Together We' (Cantoma Mix). Includes new sleeve notes & rare photos. BMG.


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All Artists: Clannad
Title: Legend
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor Europe
Release Date: 9/1/2003
Album Type: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Celtic New Age
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766482918140


Album Description
Import only remastered reissue of the band's 1984 collection with new artwork features 11 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Together We' (Cantoma Mix). Includes new sleeve notes & rare photos. BMG.

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Runnin' Through the Forest
Craobh Rua | N. Ireland | 09/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Clannad are a family band made up of three siblings (the Brennans) and their two uncles (the Duggans). They grew up in Gaoth Dobhair, the Gaelteacht area of County Donegal that is also home to Altan. Enya, a sister, is also a former member - she featured on the band's 1982 release, "Fuaim".

"Legend" is the soundtrack to an old British television series called "Robin of Sherwood", and it led to a BAFTA for the group. The show, which ran for three seasons, was based on the legends of Robin Hood and was first broadcast in 1984. (The album was first released that same year). Michael Praed played Robin for the first two seasons, before moving to America to take a role in "Dynasty". (He also appeared on the album's original cover). Jason Connery, son of a well-known 007, took over the role for the third season. A fresh-faced Ray Winstone appeared as Will Scarlet, though it was Judi "Maid Marion" Trott that had me tuning in every week....

"Legend" is less traditional than much of Clannad's previous work - there's a greater use of 'modern' instruments and there are definite moves towards a more 'new age' sound. Although there isn't a great deal of singing on the album, this was the band's first release not to feature any vocals in Irish. Including a remix of "Together We", there are eleven tracks on the album. Most of them are around three minutes long - the exceptions being the remix of "Together We" and "Scarlet Inside" (both just over five minutes long) and "Battles" (which just makes it past the minute mark). Despite being so short, "Battles" is - for me - one of the better songs on the album - although the guitar features, the songs' focus is really on the percussion.

Aptly enough, given that Maid Marion was (ahem) my favourite character in the show, "Lady Marion" is my favourite track on the album. It's the closest in sound to a trad tune, a beutiful track featuring the harp and register. Two of the other tracks dedicated to individual characters also deserve special mentions. "Herne" is a great track, very gentle and relaxing. (Herne is said to have been a favoured keeper of Richard the Second, who now haunts Windsor Great Park. It is possible he is an 'updated' version of the Celtic God Cernonnos, and the character in the show seemed, to me, closer to this role). "Robin (The Hooded Man)", which served as the show's theme tune, is a little more acoustic and upbeat. Meanwhile, "Ancient Forest" and "Strange Land" both feature very enjoyable vocal performances.

The 'Cantoma Mix' of "Together We" stands apart from the rest of the album - it's entirely different to the original version of the song and it feels a little strange hearing something like this on a Clannad album. It is, however, very pleasant and relaxing (it's a gentle dance-type remix) and - of the song's two versions - this is the one I actually prefer.

I loved the album when it was first released and - although nostalgia may play a little part - I've been listening to it pretty often since I picked up this re-mastered version. Recommended.
Wonderful album
JB Shmults | Franklin, MA USA | 12/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't own the remastered version (yet) but the original album has been a long-time favorite of mine. The music is very soothing and expresses that mystical mood of the British TV series about Robin Hood, which I watched religiously in the 90s.. A great album and certainly a must-have for any Clannad fan as well as fans of the Robin Hood series. I can't wait to hear the remixed version and I'm sure i will like the bonus tracks..."
Michael A. Clark | Londonderry Northern Ireland | 01/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a hard core Moody Blues fan, I read an article about Tony Clarke producing this album in the Moody Blues magazine Higher and Higher. Since Tony Clarke did a fantastic job with the Moodies, I thought I'd try this album out and see just what it was like. The article I read indicated that Tony Clark was asked to produce Clannad's Legend album, a task which he under took. He was supposed to incorporate the sounds of the Moody Blues, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd rolled into one. Again, Tony Clarke came through. Legend is one brilliant album and if you listen closely, you can hear the Parsons, Moodies, and Floyd influences in this recording. This is one of the best recording I have heard in a very long time. It is relaxing, a bit New Age yet quenches the thirst of the soul for some brilliant entertainment. If your an Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd and/or Moody Blues fan, you're going to love this CD. Incorporating the sounds of three supergroups, I would imagine, would be a very difficult task. Tony Clarke in all his brilliance managed to do that and yet kept the Irish roots of Clannad rolled into one. This is a definate must for anyone!"