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Riverdance (Music From the Show) [Album Recording]

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Label: Celtic Heartbeat
Album: Riverdance (Music From the Show) [Album Recording]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Reel Around The Sun Album Version More Info... 8:42
2)    The Heart's Cry Album Version More Info... 2:28
3)    The Countess Cathleen / Women Of The Sidhe Album Version More Info... 5:42
4)    Coinneadh Cu Chuliann Album Version More Info... 4:11
5)    Shivna Album Version More Info... 3:38
6)    Firedance Album Version More Info... 6:04
7)    Slip Into The Spring Album Version More Info... 3:46
8)    Riverdance Album Version More Info... 5:45
9)    American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set) Album Version More Info... 3:09
10)    Lift The Wings Album Version More Info... 5:00
11)    Macedonian Morning Album Version More Info... 2:56
12)    Marta's Dance / The Russian Dervish Album Version More Info... 6:04
13)    Andalucia Album Version More Info... 4:21
14)    Home And The Heartland Album Version More Info... 3:27
15)    The Harvest Album Version More Info... 3:38
16)    Riverdance Remix Album Version More Info... 3:48

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Bill Whelan (arranger, handclaps); Juan Reina Gonzalez (vocals, handclaps); Aine Ui Cheallaigh (vocals); Des Moore (guitar); Rafael Riqueni (Spanish guitar, handclaps); Eileen Ivers (acoustic & electric fiddles); Maire Breatnach (fiddle); Nikola Parov (gadulka, kaval); Davy Spillane (whistle, Uilleann pipes); Ronan Browne (Uilleann pipes); Cormac Breatnach (susato whistle); Mairtin O'Connor (accordion); Kenneth Edge (soprano saxophone); David Hayes (keyboards); Eoghan O'Neill (bass); Desi Reynolds (drums, tom-tom); Tommy Hayes (bodhran, dumbeq, clay drum, spoons, percussion); Michael Flatley, Jean Butler, The Irish Riverdance Dance Troupe (taps); Noel Eccles (percussion).
  • Anuna includes: Michael McGlynn (conductor); Sarah Clancy, Katie McMahon (vocals).
  • Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • RIVERDANCE won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
  • The Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the popular Riverdance stage show has been re-released with a bonus remix of "Riverdance," as well as deluxe packaging which includes photographs from the show. Bill Whelan, who has worked for twenty years as a composer, producer, and arranger (his credits include work for Kate Bush, Hothouse Flowers, Van Morrison, and U2, among others), achieved international recognition for RIVERDANCE.
  • Whelan incorporates a variety of ethnic musical traditions as well as modern and choral music and the hypnotic, rhythmic hard-shoe Irish dancing for which RIVERDANCE is famous. This album traverses the continents, assembling an amazing group of international and Irish musicians. Standouts include the Irish choral group Anuna performing "Shivna," a haunting piece whose Irish lyrics are based on an 11th Century text.

Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.87) - "[With] fine ensemble playing....Certainly worth re-exploring."

Producer:Bill Whelan
Format:CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:23 June, 1997
Guest Artist: Eileen Ivers; Davy Spillane
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Hari on
If you've ever seen The Show, then you know what I mean when I say WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE WHAT YOU HEAR. Riverdance -- Music from The Show is the best CD ever, it's even been released 3 Times by different records labels, and with each new release more tracks are added and the music just gets better and better. If you find the Atlantic Records version you will hear the "taps" from the dancers on Tracks 1, 3, and 16. If you get the Universal/Celticheartbeat version you will hear the taps only on tracks 1 and 3 but you will hear an EXCELLENT REMIX of the Title Track RIVERDANCE!
If you haven't seen The Show, go see it, then buy the CD, or BUY the CD, then go see THE SHOW.

The Original International Dance Phenonmenon The Magic, Energy, and Passion...

Riverdance -- The Show Experience the Original
Jess on
Another great Irish music CD.
Similar to Lord of the Dance, but I think the other is slightly better. I think my favourite song is Lift the Wings, even though it is a vocal rather than a dance song. Most of the songs are really good and you won't be able to stop your feet from tapping!
Recommend for anyone who likes Irish music. Don't bother trying to pick between this one and Lord of the Dance, just buy both!! The complement each other so well.

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