January 2, 2017

Long Journey Home: 1998 Television Mini-series

Unisphere Records 09026-68963-2

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1998
Genre: Rock, Classical, Stage & Screen
Style: Folk Rock, Neo-Classical, Soundtrack
01 Shenandoah: Van Morrison And The Chieftains (3:52)
02 Main Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (4:25)
03 Paddy's Lamentation / Ships Are Sailing: Mary Black (4:47)
04 Emigration Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (5:08)
05 The Bard Of Armagh / The Streets Of Laredo: Vince Gill (5:03)
06 Skibbereen: Sinéad O'Connor (4:15)
07 The Night That Larry Was Streched–Jig: The Chieftains and Friends (2:27)
08 White Potatoes: Liam Ó Maonlaí (3:31)
09 Famine Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (3:37)
10 Mildoon, The Solid Man / Grandfather's Tune: Mick Moloney (3:42)
11 An Raibh Tú Ag An Gcarraig? (Were You At The Rock?): Sissel (5:30)
12 O'Carolan's Farewell To Music: The Irish Film Orchestra With Derek Bell (2:30)
13 Bean Pháidín: Kevin Conneff (1:44)
14 O'Donnell's Lament / Reel With The Beryle: Eileen Ivers (2:45)
15 American Theme: The Irish Film Orchestra (2:57)
16 Long Journey Home (Anthem): Elvis Costello With Anúna (4:16)
Art Direction: James O'Mara, Producer: Paddy Moloney
Long Journey Home is the soundtrack for the PBS/Disney production of the story and celebration of the Irish in America. It is produced by Paddy Moloney, which immediately sets it apart. Among others contributing to this dazzling aural painting are the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and the Irish Film Orchestra. This is a strongly consistent work, but if forced to pick out highlights, one might run from the haunting version of "Shenandoah" by Van Morrison and the Chieftains through the controlled power of Sinéad O'Connor's version of "Skibbereen" and the beautiful work of Sissel to the finale of "Long Journey Home (Anthem)," composed by Costello and Moloney and sung by Costello. This is a seamless blend of traditional and original Irish music that stands on its own as an outstanding piece of work, and at the same time not only complements, but also enhances, the documentary it goes with.

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