Iona - The Book Of Kells (Remastered) British Product Audio Samples Available

The Book Of Kells (Remastered) by Iona

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Celtic, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
Considered by connoisseurs to be Iona's greatest album.

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  1. 1. Kells Opening Theme
  2. 2. Revelation
  3. 3. Matthew - The Man
  4. 4. Chi-Rho
  5. 5. Mark - The Lion
  6. 6. The River Flows
  7. 7. Luke - The Calf
  8. 8. Virgin And Child
  9. 9. Temptation
  10. 10. The Arrest - Gethsemane
  11. 11. Trinity - The Godhead
  12. 12. John - The Eagle
  13. 13. Kells
  14. 14. Eternity - No Beginning, No End
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

A classic album from 1992 from the Celtic fusion pioneers which has lost not one iota of its artistry in the passing years. The 1992 version of the band was a superb one with David Fitzgerald's sinuous saxophone and floatingly delicate flute a perfect counterpart to Dave Bainbridge's epic keyboard washes and bitingly elegant guitar work. These are shown off beautifully here, particularly on the evocative instrumentals which pepper this album of 70-odd minutes of music. But if the instrumental dexterity of the band is a highlight (and one must also namecheck Nick Begg's tasty chapman stick and Terl Bryant's dextrous percussion here) it's Joanne Hogg's hauntingly ethereal vocals which capture and enthuse the listener. As most people will know, the CD is inspired by the 8th century illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels the band looked at in Trinity College library in Dublin. Creating music which reflects the work of ancient illustrators and calligraphers may not have seemed the most obvious or commercial step for a band who back then were still in their formative years but the fact is, this is a complete creative success and often named as Iona's greatest work. Four selections focus on images for the four Gospels ("Matthew - The Man", "Mark - The Lion", "Luke - The Calf" and "John - The Eagle"), a 32-minute suite of instrumentals portraying Christ's temptation in the wilderness, arrest and resurrection. Hugely ambitious and hugely successful this re-mastered version brings out the full majesty of the work.

Style: Celtic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 12243
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Open Sky OPENVP2CD
Items: 1
Release Date: 10 Jan 2005

Considered by connoisseurs to be Iona's greatest album.

The book of Kells' is an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels, written in Latin and dating back to the 8th century. This album, based on the book, took just a few of the many amazing illustrated pages as its inspiration, along with related scriptures from the Bible, Natural sounds, such as those of the sea, wind and rain are used on the album as they are the sounds that would have been heard by the monks who began the book on the island of Iona.

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Posted by Craig in Cambridge, United Kingdom at 00:53 on Jul 9 2008

Book of Kells is Iona's second album, and is an apt follow-up to their self-titled debut. Generally, the album is remarkably complex and daring, but is not easily accessible. However, I strongly recommend it; the composition and the performances are genius.

Craig's rating: 10/10

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