ENYA - Only Time - The Collection (2002)
A wonderful gift, this handsomely packaged four-CD box set (purple velvet cover, gold-foil lettering) also serves as an inviting midcareer retrospective of an uncommon vocalist-sonic architect. Only Time: The Collection is a mix-and-match assortment of tracks spanning Enya's first five U.S. releases (including her 1987 debut, The Celts) and embellished with a half-dozen B-sides not found on her previous U.S.-released albums. Chief among them are "May It Be" (from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack); "Isobella," a hushed, slowly evolving beauty formerly available only in Japan; and "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)." The set's fourth disc is an enhanced CD that includes 1996 video footage of Enya performing "Oiche Chiun" during a BBC special. Also included is a 44-page, tall-format booklet filled with regal artist photos, song lyrics, and commentary on each track written by lyricist Roma Ryan. Some notations are throwaway items. Others are insightful, such as the unfinished lyrics (about lost love) for the instrumental title track to A Day Without Rain. The order is a jumble, usually mixing tracks from two recordings onto one disc. The stylistic difference between her dated 1987 debut and the sophistication of 1988's Watermark makes for some occasionally jarring listening on disc one. On the other hand, the opening sequence on disc three ("After Ventus," "No Holly for Miss Quinn," "The Memory of Trees") is mesmerizing. Overall, nicely done. This Collection is the first career spanning collection of Enya's work, gracing 4CDs with 50 tracks. Featuring signature Enya favorites such as 'Orinoco Flow,' 'Only Time,' 'Caribbean Blue,' 'The Celts,' 'Book Of Days,' 'The Memory Of Trees' and much more. Also includes tracks not previously available on any domestic release such as 'Isobella,' 'Book Of Days' (Original Single Version) and 'May It Be' (Single Version). 48 page booklet features liner notes by lyricist Roma Ryan, a discography and archival photos. The 4th disc is enhanced with the previously unreleased performance of 'Silent Night'. - amazon.com HERE
DISC 1: 01. Watermark 02. Exile 03. Aldebaran 04. March Of The Celts 05. Boadicea 06. The Sun In The Stream 07. On Your Shore 08. Cursum Perficio 09. Storms In Africa 10. The Celts 11. Miss Clare Remembers 12. I Want Tomorrow
DISC 2: 01. Orinoco Flow 02. Ebudae 03. River 04. The Longships 05. Na Laetha Geal M’Oige 06. Book Of Days 07. Shepherd Moons 08. Caribbean Blue 09. Evacuee 10. Evening Falls 11. Lothlorien 12. Marble Halls
DISC 3: 01. After Ventus 02. No Holly For Miss Quinn 03. The Memory Of Trees 04. Anywhere Is 05. Athair Ar Neamh 06. China Roses 07. How Can I Keep From Singing? 08. Hope Has A Place 09. Tea-House Moon 10. Pax Deorum 11. Eclipse 12. Isobella
DISC 4: 01. Only Time 02. A Day Without Rain 03. Song of The Sandman 04. Willows on The Water 05. Wild Child 06. Flora’s Secret 07. Fallen Embers 08. Tempus Vernum 09. Deora Ar Mo Chroi 10. One by One 11. The First of Autumn 12. Lazy Days 13. May It Be 14. Oiche Chiuin
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