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3.30 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La Dame du Lac (4:34)
2. Morgan (2:28)
3. Camaalot (Hymn I) (3:23)
4. Guenievre (4:30)
5. Le Chant de Taliesin (3:00)
6. La Blessure d'Arthur (2:02)
7. Le Val Sans Retour (3:47)
8. Belenton (2:50)
9. Olwen (4:01)
10. Quest (4:08)
11. An Advod (2:33)
12. Horses on the Hills (5:22)
13. Strink AR Grall (4:38)
14. From Avallac'h (3:38)
15. Gaelic Tribes Gathering (3:03)
16. The Return (Hymn II) (5:25)

Total time 59:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Alan Stivell / acoustic & electric Celtic harps, vocals, Irish flute, Scottish bagpipes, bombard, keyboards, arrangements, producer

- Colin Bell / vocals
- Polly Bolton / vocals
- Gwenvael Cochevelou / backing vocals (7)
- …cole Diwan Saint-Brieuc (school choir) / backing vocals (7)
- Neil Ferguson / guitar (5,10-16), programming
- Patrice Tison / guitar (7)
- Kevin Dempsey / guitar (12,14,16)
- Will Jackson / keyboards
- Frederik Rousseau / keyboards, programming
- Jean-NoŽl Chaleat / keyboards, programming
- Troy Donockley / Irish flute, Uillean pipes
- Chris Leslie / violin
- Marcus Cliffe / bass (5,11,12,14,16)
- John Gibblin / bass (4,7)
- Charlie Morgan / drums (4)
- Mike Bedford / drums (5,11,12,14,16)
- Paul Brook / percussion

Releases information

Artwork: NoŽl Quidu (photo)

CD Disques Dreyfus ‎- FDM 36197-2 (1991, France)

LP Mercury ‎- 510 9881 (1991, Italy) New cover

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars Gone are the new age 1980s, and with the 1990s comes a greater eclecticism, which is where Mr Stivell excels. "The Mist of Avalon" is his "Myths and Legends of King Arthur", a mythic tale with a Celtic slant. This is a lusciously produced work with some of his most spirited harp playing, often seemingly strummed like a guitar, not to mention a cornucopia of pipes, woodwinds, and female vocal accompaniment to go with the man's own beyond trilingual tongue. It also rocks more than most of Stivell's earlier material.

The album opens strongly with "La Dame du Lac", which introduces all its best elements in barely 4 minutes. A moving song, it bodes well for the disk, and the next few tracks, whether instrumental or vocal (such as "Guenievre") maintain that high level of appeal. However, quality if not adventurousness seems to decline somewhat as the CD suffers from that, "gee I have 60 minutes to fill when 35 used to be enough" syndrome. It seems to lack a focal epic of sorts, with the longest tracks clocking at less than five and a half minutes, the fine "Horses on the Hills" and closer "The Return". And in general the vocal exercises seem to work better as they approach his vision of a unique historical document. Particularly admirable is the foretelling of the more electronic influence adopted by groups that were barely yet on the scene such as Afro Celt Sound System, Martyn Bennett, or Deep Forest, but Stivell seemed to incorporate the dance rhythms without the heavy technology, which is all the more impressive.

A flawed "masterpiece", "The Mist of Avalon" is nonetheless a fascinating work that holds up to repeat listens, even if its entertainment objectives are sometimes mist.

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