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    Posted: May 28 2007 at 20:26

Any other fan of this great British prog band?

I love every of their recordings to date (with no exception) and I find it difficult to point a favorite release from this band, anyway I'd say that "Book of Kells" and "Journey Into the Morn" have been on the top of my listening sessions for quite a long time. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to buy their latest album yet (The Circling Hour), but I can hardly wait to get it. Another must is their Live in London recent DVD, that I also liked a lot. Clap

And as for the solo efforts of Iona members, which are the best ones? I loved Dave Bainbridge's Veil of Gossamer and found David Fitzgerald's Breath of Heaven pretty interesting too. Troy Donockley & Dave Bainbridge's When Worlds Colide is also good, even though not as great as his aforementioned solo effort IMO.

So, how about your favorites?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2007 at 20:35
Hey, Progger. I've gotten into Iona within the past 8 months, but started buying their stuff pretty heavily the past couple of months.

I love all of their stuff, and like you, I can't really pick a favorite yet. The Woven Cord is pretty powerful, but may lean towards Journey Into The Morn, Open Sky, and their newest disc The Circling Hour. I can't recommend it enough.

I love how they've blended spirituality, celtic music, and prog into a beautiful, forceful ride for the listener. I can't get enough of them.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2007 at 21:15
I only have Journey Into The Morn and while its very pleasant, it hasn't really struck me as anything special. Maybe I need to listen again? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2007 at 21:27
Originally posted by E-Dub

I love how they've blended spirituality, celtic music, and prog into a beautiful, forceful ride for the listener. I can't get enough of them.
 
That's a pretty good description of Iona's awesome music. Glad to know you also enjoy them. Thumbs%20Up
 
 
Originally posted by Walker

I only have Journey Into The Morn and while its very pleasant, it hasn't really struck me as anything special. Maybe I need to listen again?
 
Journey Into the Morn is very representative of the typical Iona sound (as very well described above by our fellow E-Dub). The music is really very spiritual, atmospheric sounding, with Christian/Celtic elements. If I am not wrong this is one of the Iona recordings featuring the guest collaboration of Robert Fripp.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2007 at 21:39
One of my favorite bands.  I got into them by accident.  Back in the early 90's I went to get a cassette of another band and The Book of Kells was what packaged instead.  Gotta love mistakes like that!

Even though I love all their albums I keep gravitating towards Beyond These Shores.  Nick Beggs and Terl Bryant are awesome and there's a lot of feeling in it.  Tracks like Beachy Head, Murlough Bay and Bird of Heaven always give me chills.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2007 at 23:11
I have all Iona's releases including The Circling Hour. It won't disappoint you Progger.

My favorites are Open Sky and Woven Cord.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2007 at 00:07
I recently got The Book Of Kells from emusic about a week ago after accidently finding them on last.fm. Haven't really had a chance to listen to it yet, maybe tomorrow. If so I'll get back here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2007 at 06:07
Originally posted by Trademark

I have all Iona's releases including The Circling Hour. It won't disappoint you Progger.
 
Can't wait to get it. Woven Cord is the other I don't have yet. Smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2007 at 07:17
I saw them in concert several times, in Holland and in England. They're really good.
 
I consider "Book Of Kells" as their masterpiece.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2007 at 08:53
I've had "Book of Kells" on my to-buy list for many moons now but never took that leap of faith.  With the positive feedback this thread has injected into my psyche I just might spring for it this summer.  It seems like it would be something I would enjoy.  Thanks, guys/gals.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 29 2007 at 09:43
Originally posted by Progger58

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Originally posted by Trademark

I have all Iona's releases including The Circling Hour. It won't disappoint you Progger.

 

<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2>Can't wait to get it. Woven Cord is the other I don't have yet. Smile

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<FONT face=Verdana size=2>Demetrio.


The Woven Cord will literally give you a shiver up your spine. An amazing disc.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 30 2007 at 19:00
So far I've only got "The circling hour", which I really like. I'm certain I will buy more of them soon.
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