In October, Celtic Woman saw its debut album end an 82-week run at the top of Billboard's world music chart. It's replacement? ''Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration.''
With ''Celtic Woman _ New Journey,'' the group may be about to top itself again.
On this latest CD, the women demonstrate their individual lyric abilities, then blend in ensembles that lead you to think they have performed together all their lives.
The original group of four singers and a fiddle player is joined this time by Hayley Westenra, a New Zealander _ but one with Irish roots. She collaborates on five tracks, and her operatic voice just adds another dimension to the folksiness of the group's Celtic sound.
Along with the diverse performances by the singers and the fiddler, musical director David Downes has chosen tunes ranging from Simon & Garfunkel (''Scarborough Fair'') to Handel (''Lascia Ch'io Pianga'' from ''Rinaldo'') then arranged them with traditional Celtic instruments. The Irish Film Orchestra and the Aontas Choral Ensemble join the group.[/size]
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This post has been moved from 'Celtic Woman - A New Journey DVD'.
HI,I just bought my CD of "Celtic woman the new journey",I see the CD differs from the DVD& probably the U.S. DVD is different than other countries,, On mine CD the pictures on the back are top to bottom,Chole,Orla,Lisa,Mairead,Meav& our Hayley,Mine has only 20 tracks to it,the last 4 listed as bouns tracks & of those the last 3 as "Live at Slane Castle".mine came in a sorta box set, with the CD I got a free Claddagh charm in sliver color.The CD cover matches the outer box cover.The outer box is just like what were posted of the DVD, except for those pictures across the front & there's a small window on the left side to view the charm,with the words above that,that reads
"DELUXE EDITION" Features 4 bonus tracks! Plus a Claddagh charm,the irish symbol of love,Loyalty and Friendship.
With a yellow background And printed on a paper scroll picture
This morning I bought my copy of the 'Celtic Woman - A New Journey' DVD in HMV at 150 Oxford Street. While I was there, I noticed they also have both versions of the CD in stock.
Both versions are imports, with the standard 16-track edition priced at £18. The deluxe boxed edition has a 20-track CD, including three tracks recorded live at Slane Castle, and a Claddagh charm, ideal for a charm bracelet. This is priced at £24.
Here is the track-listing of the deluxe edition, from Amazon.com:-
1. The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun 2. The Prayer 3. Newgrange 4. Over The Rainbow 5. Granuaile's Dance 6. The Blessing 7. Dúlaman 8. Beyond The Sea 9. The Last Rose of Summer 10. Caledonia 11. Laschia Ch'io Pianga 12. Carrickfergus 13. Vivaldi's Rain 14. The Voice 15. Scarborough Fair 16. Mo Ghile Mear Bonus Tracks: 17. Sing Out! 18. Shenandoah - The Pacific Slope (Live from Slane Castle) 19. At The Céili (Live from Slane Castle) 20. Spanish Lady (Live from Slane Castle)
There are some good reviews, so click on the link and scroll down to read them.
I should have mentioned that I found the CDs in the Irish section in the basement of HMV, the branch between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. The DVD was in another section nearby to the right, possibly called Celtic Collections. I haven't checked the other branch near Bond Street yet.
The DVD correctly credits 'The Last Rose Of Summer' to Méav and Hayley. See Tony's scans HERE. If I remember correctly, Hayley sings the first verse and Méav the second. Does Hayley sing it as a solo on the CD?