Header

THE BOOK OF KELLS

Iona

Prog Folk


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Iona The Book of Kells  album cover
3.73 | 55 ratings | 11 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy IONA Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kells Opening Theme
2. Revelation
3. Matthew - The Man
4. Chi-Rho
5. Mark - The Lion
6. The River Flows
7. Luke - The Calf
8. Virgin and Child
9. Temptation
10. The Arrest - Gethsemane
11. Trinity - The Godhead
12. John - The Eagle
13. Kells
14. Eternity - No Beginning, No End

Lyrics

Search IONA The Book of Kells lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search IONA The Book of Kells tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Bainbridge / keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboard and sequencer programming, chimes
- David Fitzgerald / tenor and alto saxphones, flageolet, flute, picclo, Chinese flutes, dizi, suona
- Joanne Hogg / vocals, keyboards
- Nick Beggs / chapman stick, wal 5 string bass, small cymbals
- Terl Bryant / sonor drums, zildjian cymbals, big bass drum, salvation army drum, swiss drum, tabla, bongos, zildjian 36" gong, small bells, varisped cymbals, reverse cymbals, spanner, bamboo 'cracks', ribbon crasher

GUESTS:
- Frank Van Essen / additional percussion, solo violin
- Troy Donockley / uillean pipes, low whistles
- Fiona Davidson / celtic harp
The Peter Whitfield Strings ensemble / violins, viola

Releases information

CD What Records WHAD 1287 (1992)
CD Open Sky Records OPENVP2CD (Remastered Re-Release)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Grendelbox for the last updates
Edit this entry

IONA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy IONA The Book of Kells Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Mozart. Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 5. Iona Brown. Academy St. Martin Fields US $3.29 [0 bids]
1h 33m
IONA Blueness and Numb 1995 CD US $10.00 Buy It Now 2h 27m
Journey into the Morn - Iona (CD-1996, Forefront) US $0.01 [0 bids]
3h 11m
CKXR...presents/Shuswap Singers/Christmas is/IONA/Canada/NM- RARE HEAR US $9.95 Buy It Now 3h 50m
* PHILIPS - IONA BROWN - HANDEL - THE SOLO SONATAS - 5 LP * US $28.00 [0 bids]
4h 35m
Mozart - Symphony #33 & Serenade #9 Germany CD Hannsler Iona Brown US $9.09 Buy It Now 5h 46m
TELEMANN - OBOE - HEINZ HOLLIGER -IONA BROWN- ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS US $9.99 Buy It Now 5h 48m
TELEMANN 5 VIOLIN CONCERTOS IONA BROWN PHILIPS HANOVER CD 411 125-2 US $8.60 Buy It Now 8h 50m
IONA & ANDY - Going Gone - Excellent Condition 7" Single Barge BGE 7-1004 US $6.42 Buy It Now 11h 20m
FOREFRONT SINGLES 1993 V/A CD Christian Geoff Moore IONA ETW Adrenaline DJ PROMO US $9.50 Buy It Now 15h 3m
NEW - Serenade by Brown, Iona US $4.93 Buy It Now 15h 30m
Iona Beyond These Shores CD US $4.09 Buy It Now 16h 37m
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 - Iona Brown US $3.99 Buy It Now 17h 4m
Iona - Nutmeg & Ginger CD-R [CD New] US $12.98 Buy It Now 17h 43m
Mozart Symphony No.33 KV 319/ Serenade No.9 KV 320 Iona Brown New Unsealed US $2.65 Buy It Now 18h 57m
VINTAGE ANDY IONA HAWAIIAN MUSIC " ALOHA HAWAII " 78 RPM 4 RECORD ALBUM US $35.00 [0 bids]
19h 24m
Iona, Journey Into the Morn Audio CD US $4.79 Buy It Now 19h 43m
Woven Cord - Iona (Audio Cassette), Iona with the all souls orchestr, Good US $3.95 Buy It Now 20h 18m
"Aloha hawaii" 78 Album 4 Discs - Andy Iona & His Orchestra Columbia Set C-39 US $8.99 [0 bids]
US $34.99 Buy It Now
22h 39m
9500 714 Vivaldi Sammartini Recorder Concertos Michala Petri ASMF Iona Brown US $12.85 Buy It Now 23h
GEORGE JACKSON & MAGGIE MACINNES Cairistiona IONA LP IR006! US $16.08 Buy It Now 1 day
Journey into the Morn by Iona (CD, 1996, Chordant) US $13.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Journey into the Morn by Iona (CD, Feb-1996, Chordant) BMG CD US $4.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Celtic & Irish Folk, 19 Vinyl Record Lot, 17 LP's & 2 DLP's, All 1st Prs, Iona US $49.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY MUSIC FROM THE HOUSE OF IONA CD US $2.53 Buy It Now 1 day
cd B3 TARTAN AMOEBAS IMAGINARY TARTAN MENAGERIE Iona US $20.79 Buy It Now 1 day
Iona The Book of Kells CD Christian, Rock, Blues, Metal, Celtic New Age Album US $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto LP 3 Track Iona Brown On Violin And Conducted By Nevil US $12.40 Buy It Now 1 day
IONA COMMUNITY Coming And Going LP 7 Track (p105) UK Action US $8.43 Buy It Now 1 day
IONA COMMUNITY Through Wood And Nails LP 7 Track (146recs) UK Wild Goose 1984 US $11.56 Buy It Now 1 day
Iona Journey Into The Morn CD Christian, Rock, Blues, Metal Celtic New Age Album US $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Iona Open Sky CD Christian, Rock, Blues, Metal, Celtic New Age Album US $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PHILIPS PHCP-9270 MOZART SINFONIA CONCERTANTE IONA BROWN NOBUKO IMAI JAPAN CD US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
VINTAGE Andy Iona HAWAIIAN MUSIC " ALOHA HAWAII " 78 RPM 4 RECORD ALBUM US $50.00 Buy It Now 1 day
410 280-1 BEETHOVEN / IONA BROWN / MARRINER NEAR MINT US $12.85 Buy It Now 1 day
Iona You Oughta Be In Pictures (PS) 12" Vinyl Single US $16.89 Buy It Now 1 day
MICHALA PETRI Iona Brown VIVALDI The 6 flute Cocertos Op 10 Dutch LP 1981 EX+ US $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Grieg: Holberg Suite / Nielsen: Music for Strings - Iona Brown US $13.99 Buy It Now 1 day
pic OLIVER SCHROER - JIGZUP cd Iona records US $20.79 Buy It Now 1 day
Baroque for Dummies [ECD] by George Malcolm, Paul Davies, Iona Brown (CD, EMI... US $3.00 Buy It Now 1 day
IONA PHILHARMONIA BROWN - DAVID BLAKE VIOLIN CONCERTO (UK) NEW CD US $30.41 Buy It Now 1 day
LOS ROMEROS Vivaldi Guitar Concertos IONA BROWN LP Philips 412 624-1 Digital US $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
IONA BROWN Bartok Violin Concerto 2 LONDON LP 414 531 1 NM nice US $13.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Iona Brown - Serenade/Handel [CD New] US $15.49 Buy It Now 1 day
James Moody-Iona Wade/That Man of Mine-Mambo with Moody/Prestige 890/WLP/E-/V++ US $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
NEVILLE MARRINER Vivaldi Double Concertos PHILIPS Holland Digital NM Iona Brown US $16.95 Buy It Now 2 days
IONA - Beyond These Shores - CD, original 1993 issue on Forefront NEW US $7.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Mozart Symphony No.33 KV 319/ Serenade No.9 KV 320 Iona Brown US $4.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Iona - Celebration Of Twenty CD US $23.83 Buy It Now 2 days
IONA - Live: Heaven's Bright Sun, 2 CD Set ( 1997 ) US $6.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Håkan Hardenberger Telemann Trumpet Concertos Iona Brown PHILIPS DIGITAL EX+! US $19.90 Buy It Now 2 days
Iona Brown - Serenade/Handel CD US $20.19 Buy It Now 2 days
HAENDEL violin sonatas IONA BROWN, VIGAY, KRAEMER - PHILIPS 2xLPs stereo HL US $22.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Sound of Iona - Iona New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping US $19.18 Buy It Now 2 days
78RPM Columbia C 19 Set of 4 Musical Hawaii w Andy Iona, Hoopii, Lani McIntyr V US $21.95 Buy It Now 2 days
PREMEK & GINA Sounds of the World IONA IRS 77-022 Canada VG+ US $5.35 Buy It Now 2 days
Messages cd Troy Donockley NEW Sealed (2012, Lantern) 10tk in CELTIC band IONA US $10.65 Buy It Now 2 days
SEALED MOZART Violin Concerto/Sinfonia IONA BROWN/SUK Decca Digital US US $10.99 Buy It Now 2 days
IONA - BEYOND THESE SHORES - NEW CD US $10.02 Buy It Now 2 days
LEGEND Light In Extension - 1992 JAPAN CD W/ OBI - RARE PROG ROCK NEO-PROG iona US $14.99 [0 bids]
2 days
(LP) Vivaldi 5 Cello Ctos Heinrich Schiff; Iona Brown; ASMF/PHILIPS 411126 1 LP US $39.99 Buy It Now 2 days
G.F. Handel Iona Brown, Academy Of St Martin - Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 9-12 US $4.68 Buy It Now 2 days
CD Baz Luhrmann 'Something For Everybody' Music from House of Iona DIGIPACK US $0.99 [0 bids]
2 days
Beyond These Shores by Iona (Scotland) (CD, Original 1993 Release On Forefront) US $0.99 [0 bids]
2 days
Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1-4, Iona Brown US $9.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Open Sky by Iona (CD, Open Sky) US $6.99 Buy It Now 3 days
IONA - CD self titled debut 1990 Joanne Hogg US $7.99 [0 bids]
3 days
IONA CD Celtic Folk Prog Rock 2002 Remaster English Christian mysticism US $15.00 Buy It Now 3 days
IONA, Live - Heaven's Bright Sun, 2 CDs (CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN, CELTIC) US $7.95 Buy It Now 3 days
VARIOUS : A celebration of hymns golden songs of praise from Iona CD US $10.00 Buy It Now 3 days
MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTOS NO.1,5/ IONA BROWN.. US $25.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Handel 12 Concerti Grossi, Op.6 Iona Brown US $13.99 [0 bids]
3 days
IONA Iona LP 1st album Original NEAR-MINT copy! US $38.60 [0 bids]
3 days
PHILIPS Vivaldi IONA BROWN Four Seasons Academy of St. Martin HOLLAND 9500 717 US $8.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Rattle On the Stovepipe by Mad Pudding (CD, Jul-2007, Iona) US $23.70 Buy It Now 3 days
ANDY IONA-ROYAL BLUE COLUMBIA-3132-D-COCOANUT ISLAND/RED HIBISCUS VG+ HAWAII !! US $50.00 [0 bids]
3 days
SERENADE-ACADEMY ST. MARTIN FIELDS /IONA BROWN M- CD US $4.98 Buy It Now 3 days
THE SKIDS uk 7" 45, IONA~BLOOD AND SOIL, Virgin 449, 1981 US $6.30 Buy It Now 3 days
THE HUMPFF FAMILY MOTHERS IONA RECORDS US $20.79 Buy It Now 3 days
Mozart. Violin Concertos No. 3 and No. 4. Iona Brown. Academy St. Martin Fields US $3.29 [0 bids]
4 days
Mozart Digital Violin concertos No. 2 & 3 Iona Brown Jubilee LP US $8.00 Buy It Now 4 days
IONA "JOURNEY INTO THE MORN" CD US $4.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Various Artists The Sound of Iona CD US $4.78 Buy It Now 4 days
Skids(7" Vinyl)Iona-Virgin-VS 449-UK-Ex/VG US $9.63 Buy It Now 4 days
LEIGH IONA - BESIDE THE WAVES OF TIME - CMOON032009 US $19.07 Buy It Now 4 days
Blake:vioin Cto/in Praise of Krishna - Iona Brown New & Sealed Compact Disc Free US $22.40 Buy It Now 4 days
IONA-JOURNEY INTO THE MORN CD NEW US $18.14 Buy It Now 4 days
IONA - BEYOND THESE SHORES NEW CD US $21.77 Buy It Now 4 days
ARGO ZRG D99D 3 *IONA BROWN* VIVALDI LA CETRA *3 LP SET* *AS LIST AUDIOPHILE* US $14.46 Buy It Now 4 days
Iona - Beyond These Shores [CD New] US $13.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Gemminiani Concerti Grossi Op. 7 Iona Brown MHS LP NM US $5.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Coachmen Teen Bride / Merianne 7" 45 Iona Rockabilly DJ US $20.97 Buy It Now 4 days
VIVALDI - GUITAR CONCERTOS -LOS ROMEROS - IONA BROWN - PHILIPS W.GERMAN NO IFPI US $6.42 [0 bids]
4 days
VICTOR 18054 WILLIAM BARNES MY OWN IONA + BILLY MURRAY 10" 78 RPM RECORD US $5.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Iona Brown: Telemann 5 Violin Concertos LP VG++/NM Holland Philips 411 125-1 US $12.49 Buy It Now 5 days
78RPM Columbia 2059 Elizabeth Brice w/Charles King, My Own Iona, When the Sun V US $7.95 Buy It Now 5 days
VIVALDI 5 CELLO CONCERTOS SCHIFF IONA BROWN W.GERMANY US $9.99 [1 bids]
5 days
Vivaldi-5 Cello Concertos-N Mint Lp-Philips-411 126-1-Heinrich Schiff Iona Brown US $15.04 [0 bids]
5 days
IONA - SPIRIT NEW CD US $15.27 Buy It Now 5 days
Heaven's Bright Sun - Live by Iona US $4.00 Buy It Now 5 days

More places to buy IONA music online Buy IONA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for IONA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

IONA The Book of Kells ratings distribution


3.73
(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (18%)
18%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

IONA The Book of Kells reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars While their self titled debut album focused more on the Island of Iona and it's history, this release draws our attention to the "Book of Kells". As the band notes "The "Book of Kells" is an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels, written in Latin and dating back to the 8th century. It was created by the monks probably at the monastaries of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, and Kells in County Meath, Ireland. Seen by many as the pinnacle of Celtic art, it stands as a testament to the faith and devotion to God of those who spent more than thirty years working on it. It's 680 hand written pages are beautifully illustrated with the most intricate detail...Natural sounds, such as those of the sea, wind and rain are used on the album as they are the sounds that would have been heard by the monks who began the book on the island of Iona....The actual "Book of Kells" is housed at Trinity College Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland."

The band plays less of the traditional Celtic instruments than they did on the debut. I was surprised that this record is even more atmospheric than their debut,which really makes the vocal led songs sound even more dramatic when they arrive. I was actually reminded of "The Sky Moves Sideways" at times because of all the synth waves on this record, but that is where the similarities end. Sax, flute and guitar are the main supplements to the synth washes.

"Kells Opening Theme" is one of the best songs on the record. What a way to start ! It opens with waves of synths as the haunting and beautiful vocals of Joanne proudly appear. Some sparse Celtic instruments only add to the atmosphere. "Revelation" is a straight forward tune really with great vocals and guitar.The sax towards the end is a highlight. "Matthew-The Man" opens with a nice contrast between the tribal-like drums and the synth washes, that contrast continues until we get some acoustic sounds followed by synths.There is an explosion of sound before 8 minutes in as vocals come back and the tempo speeds up.This song is a ride ! Dave Bainbridge wrote " For me, this is one of the key pieces of the whole album as it combines all the elements that I believe are at the heart of the music of IONA.There are powerful rhythmic sections, atmospheric passages, the use of traditional acoustic instruments in conjunction with electronically created sounds, tightly arranged and also improvised sections and of course Joanne's haunting vocal and incredibly evocative lyrics." "Chi- Rho" is musically a triumph, with the beautiful acoustic guitar melodies and her perfect vocals. Drums come in 1 1/2 minutes and some fantastic sax follows. Amazing song about Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, while the chorus is inspired from Colossians 1:13- 23. "Mark-The Lion" has a strong drum rhythm from two drummers for a thunderous effect, while Bainbridge doubled his improvised guitar solo in the studio. "The River Flows" was inspired by the book of Revelation that describes a river running through the Holy city. This one has some uilleann pipes on it (the song not the city silly).

"Luke- The Calf" is surrounded by the sounds of the sea, as a beautiful flute melody is played. Nice. "Virgin And Child" is very atmospheric with a Celtic harp playing. Gorgeous. "Temptation" opens with a spacey soundscape before drums take over, then finishing with a souna which is a Chinese instrument. "The Arrest-Gethsemane" is Eastern sounding with sax and synths. "Trinity-Godhead" is a floating song with lots of atmosphere. Sax melodies after 3 minutes and it ends with the sound of rain and thunder. "John-The Eagle" features sax and synths, with a floating keyboard melody. "Kells" may be my favourite song. After so much atmosphere when the vocals come in they are so uplifting ! They sound fantastic ! I'll let the band describe the final track "Eternity-No Beginning,No End" "The end of the track was inspired by a passage from the Book of Revelation in the Bible:...Revelation 5:9-14. The aim was that the end of the track should sound like a glimpse into this scene,almost peering into the heavenly realm !...The sea of voices on the album was the response that came as David Fitzgerald and Dave Bainbridge came to the end of their performance of the piece and as people spontaneously began to worship God through the Spirit-a very emotional, humbling and joyous experience." Robert Fripp would play on their next studio release "Beyond These Shores", as well as on the live "Woven Cord".

As for this one ? 4.5 stars. Breathtaking !

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#126443) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, June 21, 2007

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars If there are some out there who don't think that progressive music can be breathtakingly beautiful without becoming a tedious bore then I recommend that you give this album a spin. I was (and will probably continue to ever be) in search of a sound that would be different yet challenging, emotional while still maintaining a high level of integrity and thoroughly captivating in its profundity. After reading positive reviews of this CD I felt that "The Book of Kells" would be something I would enjoy immensely and I'm happy to say that I'm not disappointed in the least. I only hope my humble observations do it justice.

It's rare to find a female vocalist in the realm of prog but within seconds of starting "Kells Opening Theme" you find yourself walking into a spiritual world where a bonafide angel sings to you. Joanne Hogg's amazing voice is the first indication that you've found something unique with Iona and the cavernous depth of Dave Bainbridge's keyboards along with his skillful guitar work is the second. I really can't think of anything or anyone to compare them to. A wonderful acoustic guitar starts "Revelation," followed by the entrance of dynamic drums and Joanne's arresting vocal. It's an excellent, moving song and the lead section features what is either an instrument that I'm not familiar with or an exceptional guitar effect.

Next is almost 12 minutes of primo prog. "Matthew - The Man" creates the lofty sensation that you are bursting out of a cloud and flying into clear skies above the earth. When Hogg's immaculate voice comes in singing lines like "There is a place of peace/there is a sea of calm/where the spirit gently breathes/life into the soul of man" you believe her without question. Guest Troy Donockley's Uilleann Pipes are quite effective here before David Fitzgerald's tenor sax and Nick Beggs' fretless bass guide you to a majestic peak. Joanne sings the final verse, then the entire band erupts with the electric guitar and soprano sax leading the charge to the exciting climax. Multiple tracks of splendid acoustic guitars introduce you to the haunting melody of "Chi-Rho," then Terl Bryant's drums kick in with undiluted strength and confidence. Hogg's vocal is again strikingly pure, the harmonies are inventive and the tenor sax at the end is top notch in this well-written song.

"Mark - The Lion" is a stirring instrumental that begins with tribal-like drums leading you to an explosion of symphonic keyboards, sax and an impressive electric guitar solo for a finale. "The River Flows" is a relaxing tune with a smooth Latin/Indian feel to it that provides the listener a nice change of pace. Nick's exquisite bass work really shines on this tune and the reappearance of the Uilleann Pipes is a treat.

The heavenly "Luke - The Calf" is the first of six instrumental numbers in a row but none of them are as blissful and enrapturing as this one. Dave's resplendent keyboard tones blended with David's divine flute performance and the sound of ocean waves will transport you to another dimension. It's an amazing track. "Virgin and Child" starts with guest Fiona Davidson's Celtic Harp, then she is accompanied by Fitzgerald's fine flute and Bainbridge's spacious keyboards to weave a luxurious tapestry of sound. "Temptation" sets up a mysterious aura at first, then the group drops into an infectious, rhythmic groove where an unusual instrument of some kind (many are credited) injects a devilish dissonance into the flow.

A tragic, ominous undercurrent characterizes "The Arrest - Gethsemene" where David provides a seemingly free-form tenor sax solo over Dave's hypnotic, cascading synthesized orchestrations. "Trinity - The Godhead" follows and its cosmic beginning summons a sensation of approaching the enormous, omnipresent but unimaginable power source at the center of the universe. Chimes drift in, giving it an ethereal flavor and then Fitzgerald's sax and Beggs' bass intertwine in a spectacular dance. The restful sound of a rainstorm brings you gently back to terra firma. The last instrumental in this stretch, "John - The Eagle" is a combination of sax, symphonic keys and piano that is, in a word, gorgeous.

If you're thinking this is all just some kind of sleepy new age music, the bold and triumphant reprise of the main theme of "Kells" comes barging in to dispel that notion. Joanne's brilliant voice is a welcome return and Terl's driving, pounding drums will rouse you from your pensive daydreams. This is not lightweight pop at all. This song rocks. They end the album with another towering instrumental, the all-encompassing and descriptively titled "Eternity - No Beginning, No End" in which the keyboards, sax, drums and flute each get a moment in the sun before the congregation of Kensington Temple Church enter to create a celestial chorale of praise as they all float away into the soft glow of God's unwavering grace.

What a special pleasure in life it is to discover a band whose music engulfs me with satisfaction and pleasure like these gifted musicians have. If you are not enamored with thick, dense keyboard-generated soundscapes or female vocalizations then this isn't for you. (If the genre of Christian Prog sometimes offends, you'll be glad to know they only say the name of Jesus one time and they never, ever get preachy for a second.) However, if you are the type that loves to be carried away from your daily grind by your prog then this is perfect for you. This is without a doubt the best progressive folk I've ever heard. Bravo, Iona!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#128699) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, July 15, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars This long album holds very few jewels. If it weren't for these sweet and melancholic vocals,from Joanne (which are scarce), there would be little to be remembered. It is funny that several folk-prog bands are featuring female vocals. Maybe to give this little extra kick.

Jewels aren't plentyful to say the least on this album but "The River Flows" is probably the weakest of all. I can hardly point out any particular songs here. Just a serie of average numbers with little feeling. Quiet and ambient music. At times, some inspired instrumental parts are holding the comparison with the very good vocals work. In this respect, I like "Luke The Calf" and its prog- wave-sound. Very much in the "Lands End" style. Peaceful, tranquil and relaxing. Nice to listen to on a Sunday afternoon (just as I am doing now).

Most of the album is leading into a sleeping mode. One just be awaken here and there with some more enjoyable music. But overall, I can't be overwhelmed with this work. Not that it is totally poor, but it is just flat and mostly boring. Some special folkish sounds and instruments during "Temptation" are more than welcome; but they do not sound as a constructed track. More as an improv type of music. Not bad though.

This album is almost instrumental (but that's not a new feature). As I have said in my review of their debut as well, this album sounds almost as a (weak) soundtrack for which no script is to be found. Hence the difficult job to detail this album which is just a cascade of individual short tracks all linked one to another but without any vital lead.

This album sounds very much more like a spacey item than a folk one. I'm trying hard to find any great outstanding number out of here; with no success. This album is just good as a background music when you invite some friends at home. But be sure that the conversation is interesting, otherwise the whole party will just fall asleep.

I like the good sax part from "Trinity", but I can't hardly talk about a highlight. Two stars for this work because in it is not bad per se. Just ordinary.

I really wonder where there is an inch of relation with "Yes" or "Genesis" in their music as it is said in their bio. This is completely misleading IMHHO. At least in my case. Don't bothe rwith this recording.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#151619) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, November 18, 2007

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars I am not afraid of humbly anointing Iona as one of my favorite groups all-time. There is something about their music that leaves me wordless (not an easy task, I assure you), an overpowering sense of fulfilled strength that has nothing to do with fiery guitars, buzzing keys and frenetic bass and drums (though I enjoy those immensely). It's just that Joanna Hogg has a voice that rustles my soul, a deeply emotional, crisp, serene and dynamic delivery. For many fans this was the first salvo in a distinguished career, yet for me, I arrived at it just now and I remain intensely aware of their now apparent progression. The best way to describe this recording is to underline the profound spirituality, the sense of historic pride, age old traditions and deep felt customs that permeates the grooves. Yes, the content is quite Christian in intent but it does not come across as preachy and formulaic. In fact, the strong Celtic instrumental undercurrents make the words personal as opposed to communal, thus elevating the music beyond substance. The imperial "Opening Theme" and equally lush "Revelation" are enchanting digressions into the misty realms of Northern European folklore , the epic qualities really shine through the clouds on "Matthew-the Man" , an 11 minute + adventure where the bass, polyrhythmic beats and dense mellotron unite to rekindle the spirit of one of the apostles, a cinematographic historical documentary where guitarist/keyboardist Dave Bainbridge gets to display his implausible talent, a master of shadow and filigree, nimble acoustic guitars and that angelic voice that IMHO is miles ahead of any other female singer including Annie Haslam. The various pipes, saxes and flutes only add more dramatics to the core, a majestic symphonic torrent that streams fluidly, supremely held together by the fabulous Stick man Nick Beggs (of Kajagoogoo infamy) and former Peter Murphy drummer Terl Bryant. Funny about great musicians, they know where to improve their craft! Anyway, this is mindless symphonic beauty. "Chi-Rho" remains a perennial concert darling as the groove really swoons mightily, soft and pastoral at first for the ethereal vocal to develop, a true tour de force. When the beat kicks in, the entire object takes form, a concisely artful expression of Celtic folk balladry, bouncy and carefree featuring a sensational sax solo that will churn your innards. "Mark-the Lion" is a percussion-fueled cruise with twirling synth fluffs, suddenly evolving into a massive wall of sound, sax afire and booming drum fills and a Holdsworthian guitar blast that keeps everything in perspective. "The River Flows" has an aquatic cadence that flutters gently, an eternal medieval breeze of past intricacies and inspirations that is pure restraint and perhaps closer to folk than anything up to now. "Luke- the Calf" is a ponderous piece where the opaque atmospherics rule supreme, billowing clouds and crashing waves caress the ears and thus the soul. "Virgin and the Child" is an obvious religious theme and yet the music stays out of the moralizing norms, beatific flute and mandolin coalesce with ease and utter peaceful intent. "Temptation" wishes to show a darker side at first, a bruising maelstrom of sonics restraining the impending charge, led by a smooth guitar sizzle, Arabic horns and some solidly placed Middle Eastern beats, evidently evocative of the Holy Land. Very refreshing stuff! "The Arrest" is more disturbing emotionally; some very powerfully felt underlying pains that are aptly expressed by deep synthesized colorations and a haunting sax explosion. The gentle "Trinity" is another whopping slice of dense prog- folk, an ambient scape that little by little builds into a shimmering cloudburst with another cascading sax solo and some nimble fretless excursions. The sea again careens into the foreground on "John- the Eagle" with David Fitzgerald's expansive horn blowing a sorrowful lament, certainly a sax fiend's delight, intertwined between some superb piano delicacies. The tremendous "The Kells" has a more military backbone, pulsed by marching drums, rattling guitars and a glistening Hogg vocal that scours the heavens, remaining patriotically reflective even as the axe rages history's pain. The grand finale is "Eternity" a title that does not surprise in view of the themes expressed on the entire recording and a fitting farewell to a harrowing recital. Again very ambient and vaporous, I can understand some who may find Iona too reflective but powerful emotions is not always the realm of crunching speed guitars and thunderous double bass drum rolls. Though not religious, I play this on Sundays for my Christian friends who look at me in bewilderment. For you newbies get Open Sky first or even better the Live in London DVD+CD . 4.5 resting leprechauns

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to tszirmay (BETA) | Report this review (#249447) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, November 09, 2009

Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams
4 stars Ethereal. Breath-taking. Soaring. These are three words that help describe Iona's "The Book of Kells". This prog folk band outdid themselves with this stunning tribute to Celtic history and the Bible.

This album contains a variety of songs that range from instrumental movements to folksy ballads that feature incredible female vox. The range of variety here is really great, and you never will feel bored as you join this spiritual journey.

I have to admit my interest was perked for this album because of my love for "The Secret of Kells", the best animated movie I've ever seen. This album digs into some of the same musically territory as we experience a true sense of spirituality through the emotive vocals and the wildly appropriate instrumentals for each of the Gospel authors. "Mark (the Lion)", for instance, is very regal and stout---rightfully so. This band knows how to compose for certain themes, and I immensely enjoyed this album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Second Life Syndrome (BETA) | Report this review (#991439) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars By the summer of 1990 Nick Beggs had joined Iona as a permanent bassist and a few days later Dutch drummer Frank Van Essen took his place behind the drum kit.In early 91' the band started working on two different projects.One of them was dressing with music and lyrics the 8th century illuminated manuscript ''The book of Kells''.With Van Essen based on The Netherlands things did not work the right way and, although he joined the group on several stage performances, a more proper solution had to be found.This was Terl Bryant, who had also played with Iona as a guest musician.By the dawn of 92' the album had been recorded with Troy Donockley on pipes and whistles, Fiona Davidson on celtic harp, Frank Van Essen on percussion and The Peter Whitfield Strings ensemble as guest appearances, and it was eventually released in July 92' on What Records.

Iona had become masters on producing ethereal, Celtic-influenced music with Rock tendencies and ''The book of Kells'' shows a band on the rise, creating monumental, ancient soundscapes, flashed with modern tunes and echoes via the use of electric guitars and the rhythm section.Crossing the territories of MIKE OLDFIELD and KATE BUSH was more than expected, as the music is performed with plenty of cinematic keyboards in the background, series of acoustic parts and an angelic voice like the one of Joanne Hogg, which is pretty similar to the crystalline chords of ENYA with bits of MAGENTA's CHRISTINA BOOTH.The smooth performances on guitar, bass and drums are accompanied by a mass of instruments like sax, bagpipes, whistles, flutes and percussions, the result is an album full of Ethnic images and Folk tastes, executed under a contemporary sound.Extremely atmospheric material, lacking some sort of energy, but containing a great lyricism and some beautiful, dreamy melodies.Moving a bit further, Iona appear to have adapted some influences from the twisting Neo Prog sound of MARILLION circa-''Holidays in Eden'' and later ''Brave'', music with an electroacoustic sound, some poppy sensibilities, clean and expressive voices and use of cinematic synthesizers.Actually if ''Brave'' was a Celtic-influenced album, I could see it sounding a lot like ''The book of Kells''.

Calm, ethereal and gentle Celtic/Folk-based Prog/Art Rock with a fantastic female singer.Great listening late at night, highlighted by the combination of light electric tunes and traditional, mostly acoustic instruments.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to apps79 (BETA) | Report this review (#1261315) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Latest members reviews

4 stars "The Book Of Kells" is quite a special album, following an interesting concept where the music and lyrics follow the theme throughout. It's more passionate than the first album, with more of the band's remarkable talent shining through. The music is hard to describe, there are crosses between ... (read more)

Report this review (#635014) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Friday, February 17, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I find this album a liitle tedious (specially some instrumentals), only recommended for some moments of relax or meditation. Nothing special for me, but good songs anyway. My favourite songs are -Kells-, -Revelation- and -The River Flows-, all of them granted with the powerfull and beautiful voice ... (read more)

Report this review (#133821) | Posted by Chumaker1969 | Sunday, August 19, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I've been a fan of The Corrs for over a decade now. Their music has always been the greatest for me and for no apparent reason I had never had the patience to explore other folk options (it happens the same with metal, although fortunately I have recently discovered Dream Theater). I had liste ... (read more)

Report this review (#59428) | Posted by shyman | Wednesday, December 07, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Contemplative music, with Celtic and prog influences. You really have to be in a certain mood to enjoy it. When I'm in the right mood, I like The Book of Kells a lot, but at other moments I find it a bit tedious. The most progressive song is the 11-minute epic: Matthew - The Man, which is one ... (read more)

Report this review (#39314) | Posted by harm s. | Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars If possible I will keep this review brief, as I am known to gush over music that I am so passionate about! Within the Iona discography that I own (Iona, The Book of Kells, Journey Into The Morn, Open Sky, Treasures), 'Kells' stands out as their most ambitious and operatic. A concept albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#16073) | Posted by ScottAN | Friday, October 29, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of IONA "The Book of Kells "

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.44 seconds