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Alan Stivell Un Dewezh 'Barzh 'Gr / Journe  La Maison album cover
3.27 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Let's Clink Glasses (4:18)
2. The Apple Tree (4:31)
3. Hidden Ways Stivell (2:45)
4. Wrath in Quimper (3:12)
5. After Dinner (2:35)
6. The Three Nights (5:48)
7. In Front of the Hearth (5:20)
8. The Black-Haired Maiden (3:10)
9. O'Carolan's Farewell (1:13)
10. North of Midnight Islands (3:09)

Total time 36:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Alan Stivell / Celtic harp, vocals, Irish flute, Scottish bagpipes, piano, bombard, arranger

- Herv Derrien / cello
- Yann-Jakez Hassold / vocals
- Marc Perru / acoustic guitar
- Jean-Claude Olivier / sitar
- Claude Nicault / accordion
- Chris Hayward / flute, percussion
- Michel Valy / bass
- Michel Delaporte / tambora

Releases information

Title translates as "A Home Coming"

Artwork: Dominique Andrieux with Claude Jarroir (photo)

LP Keltia III ‎- AZ/2 375 (1978, France)
LP Keltia III ‎- 0060.138 (1978, Germany)

CD Rounder Records Corp. ‎- CD 3062 (1987, Canada)
CD Disques Dreyfus ‎- FDM 36195-2 (1988, France) Entitled "A Home Coming" , new cover

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars This late 1970s effort, "Journey at Home", shows Stivell casting a wider stylistic brush over the still mostly traditional songs and dances. From the opening notes of "Let's Clink Glasses" we can discern subtle jazz inflections and a greater emphasis on textures in the interplay of the musicians.

In terms of overall themes, this is not the Moody Blues' look at the drudgery of daily existence a la "Days of Future Passed", but more of a happily reflective return to the hearth, with spring in one's step, and the simple pleasures of being at home with friends and family. The album returns occasionally to such thoughts without overplaying them or holding to them dogmatically. For those practicing patience, the reverent beauty of "The Three Knights" will reveal itself in time. It leads gently into "In Front of the Hearth", in which his lovingly plucked harp is joined by mystical whistles. At times they seem to be running different tracks, respectful like a long wedded couple in which each recognizes the others' unique gifts.

Curl up by the fire with your favourite companion in any guise, and enjoy this comfort food for the ears and spirit.

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