Celtic, folk-rock band Clannad are celebrating 50 years with a new career spanning anthology due April 3rd from BMG. The new release titled "In A Lifetime" features five discs of music covering all sixteen of the studio album that the band has released over the course of five decades. Clannad are also planning on a U.S. and Canadian tour this fall to support this new release.
The set begins with the traditional Irish folk sounds of "Thíos Cois Na Trá Domh" and "An Mhaighdean Mhara" from their self-titled debut album. Most of the early tracks of this 86-song set is sung in the band's native Irish Gaelic language, but there are the occasional English sung songs, like the wonderful folk melody of "Two Sisters" and the beautiful ballad "The Last Rose Of Summer." Clannad became more well-known worldwide when they recorded the "Theme From Harry's Game" for the three-part TV drama, which also appeared on the band's 1983 album, "Magical Ring."
The following year, Clannad won a BAFTA award for the music they created for their soundtrack to the television series "Legend." Four of the tracks from that album appear on this new anthology, "Robin (The Hooded Man)," "Heme," "Together We" and "Lady Marian." At this time in their career, Clannad's sound also absorbed the electronic music of the 80's. The title song for this set "In A Lifetime" comes from a song on the band's 1985 album "Macalla," which was a duet with U2's Bono giving their music a much more pop sound. This song also opened the door for other guest musicians (Bruce Hornsby, Steve Perry, J.D. Souther, Paul Young) to be featured on songs like "Second Nature," "White Fool" and "Something To Believe In."
In the nineties, Clannad would mix in some of their traditional Celtic music along with pop gems like "Why Worry" and "Mystery Game." They would be nominated twice for the Grammy Award for "Best New Age Album," before finally winning the award in 1999 for their album "Landmarks." The four studio discs of this set finish with the appropriate lush ballad "Who Knows (Where The Time Goes)." The fifth disc in this set is where we find the rarities, like the many remixes of songs like "I Will Find You" and "Crói Cróga." Also included is their holiday hymn "Christmas Angels" and a special, live, A capella version of "Gaothbearra."
This set will be available as a deluxe 5CD/3LP/7" single release with a hardcover book, poster and postcards. There is also a 2LP set pressed on smokey colored vinyl along with a 2CD set and a U.S. only exclusive single CD of their "greatest hits." To find out more about "In This Lifetime," the new anthology release from Clannad, please visit clannad.ie.