Clannad, Legend (1984)
I went to a Clannad concert once. Not as a reviewer. As a paying customer. I went by myself too – that part’s probably not surprising; there wasn’t even a queue when I went to buy the ticket (over the counter in those days; no internet purchasing). At university I tried to get to whatever “big name” shows were on – anything. Everything. I paid to go and see bands that I probably wouldn’t cross the road to hear or see now. So, anyway, I’m sitting in the theatre – I remember it being full, or close enough to sold-out, and the lights dim. And the band sounded amazing. Incredible live singing and all this stuff you never see with bands – Celtic pipes and flutes and percussion. And it was incredible. But it was also fucking naff. I knew that right then and there. But I stayed. And I took it. I took it all! Well, I never thought too much about that experience – it wasn’t that I tried to forget about it, but like a lot of the band’s music I guess, it just faded with time; disappearing in to the ether. Or something like that. And then I get four crates of records back from my parents. Stuff that had been “clogging” my father’s wine cellar. And I thumb through and one of the first things I find is this – the band’s soundtrack album to the Robin Of Sherwood TV series. Yes, and they even played the TV show’s theme tune at the gig. I shit you not. (And yes, of course I put this back on my turntable and even made it all the way through. I guess I wanted to check, with time, that Richie Blackmore hadn’t snuck his way on to the album).
Sample Track: Robin (The Hooded Man)
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