Packaged together with an exclusive, Limited Edition Bonus CD (Altan recorded live in Germany in January, 1989), The Best of Altan provides a brilliant companion compilation to the previously released Altan: The First Ten Years. The nine songs and seven tunes chosen for this collection thoroughly illuminate the breadth of talent in this band, highlighting each member’s individual virtuosity as well as the overwhelming strength of their arranging skills.
Undiluted and uncompromised, the music of Altan is all that Irish music ought to be: full of heart, imagination, unwavering respect for the tradition, and a mystical quality lying beyond the reach of words. Dubbed "The best Irish traditional band active on either side of the Atlantic" by New York’s Irish Echo newspaper, Altan has thrice won the coveted "NAIRD Indie Award" for Celtic/British Isles Album of the Year: The Red Crow in 1990; Harvest Storm in 1992; and Island Angel in 1993. They’ve also earned three "Album of the Year" selections from The Irish Echo, "Best traditional or folk act of 1993" from Dublin’s Hot Press magazine, and the "Best traditional act of 1994" category in Ireland’s National Entertainment Awards.
Combining the best of Altan both live and in the studio, this recording will be a must for every Altan fan.
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