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Capercaillie -《Roses And Tears》(玫瑰之泪)[FLAC]

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    音乐风格民谣
    发行时间2011年08月08日
    地区美国
    语言英语
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专辑英文名Roses And Tears
专辑中文名玫瑰之泪
歌手Capercaillie
音乐风格民谣
资源格式FLAC
发行时间2011年08月08日
地区美国
语言英语
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专辑介绍:

Capercaillie,来自苏格兰的一支大牌CelticMusic乐队,主唱凯伦.麦特森(Karen Matheson).作为新式凯尔特歌唱艺术的代表,Capercaillie.雷鸟乐队在流行和传统之间找到了平衡点,既能够用凯尔特语来演绎传统的一面,也尝试用英语使自己的作品在更大范围内进行传播.尤其是主唱凯伦.麦特森,她甚至被誉为"当今最佳 凯尔特歌手",极富节奏感的歌谣,哪些对传统民谣进行的现代感改造,令人为之痴狂. 他们喜欢用本民族的盖尔语 演唱那些古老的歌。他们的音乐融合了传统民间音乐和现代流行音乐元素,使那些从曆史上就流传下来的古老音乐有著更多的生命力。
  
  曆史乐队成立于上个世纪80年代早期,最早的成员有歌手KarenMatheson(她是苏格兰著名女歌ElizabethMacNeill的孙女,也曾经是一支民谣乐队theEtives的成员)和键盘手DonaldShaw,他们在同一所中学认识。然后乐队又陆续加入许多成员,包括宝丝蓝鼓(bodhran)手MarcDuff、吉他手JoanMacLachlan、布祖基琴(bouzouki)手ShaunCraig、贝斯和小提琴手MartinMacLeod等。乐队成立后,在当地的几次演出为他们取得了两好的声誉。之后乐队用3天时间快速录制了他们的第一张专辑,Cascade。
  之后的Capercaillie几经人员变动,自始至终参与乐队的成员只有atheson、Shaw和Duff。1991年,英国小提琴手CharlieMacNeill加入乐队,这时候他们的第二张专辑Crosswind出版了。又是一张颇受好评的专辑!Capercaillie也因此展开了第一次美国巡演。在Crosswind出版之前他们已经在本土得到承认,一部关于苏格兰盖尔人曆史英雄的电视片TheBloodIsStrong找到他们做了Soundtrack。
  由于有了爱尔兰著名的凯尔特音乐家ManusLunny(宝丝蓝鼓手,小提琴手和歌手)的参与,Capercaillie很快成为了凯尔特音乐圈最被看好的乐队,他们的观众群越来越大了。从他们的第四张专辑Sidewaulk开始,在ManusLunny和他的弟弟DonalLunny的参与下,Capercaille也开始在专辑中用英语演唱。第五张专辑Delirium可以看成是他们的音乐事业的一个高峰,专辑把传统的苏格兰民间音乐和现代音乐元素融合到了一起。他们改编了一首有著400年曆史的民歌CoisichARuin。这首歌最后登上了英国榜前40名的位置,并被一部英国电视片选中成为主题曲。另外一首歌Breisleach的歌词来自爱丁堡诗人AngusDudb的诗作,也成为另外一部电视的主题曲。
  他们的歌很美,很柔软,好像是贴在你耳朵旁边诉说著一个故事, 声音中似乎带著淡淡的忧伤和思念, 让你禁不住想起那些的遥远的事情, 很美的旋律, 它一定会不断回荡在你的耳边.......
  关于Capercaillie乐队的核心成员Karen Matheson,美国告示牌杂志Billboard Magazine:“这个时代最棒的盖尔语女声”。
  Karen在儿提时期曾参加过Mod音乐节所办的歌唱比赛,除得到“最佳歌手”的奖项外,亦在当时得到“当今最美的凯尔特女声”赞誉,那时Karen的年纪虽然不大,但却懂得相当多的凯尔特字汇与传统歌谣,主要因素是由于Karen的外婆Elizabeth MacNeill是一名传统歌谣的歌者,她的许多克尔特歌曲都是从那裏学来的,而且“雷鸟”乐团之所以有坚实的凯尔特民族元素为创作素材的原因也是源自于此。
  “雷鸟”乐团从八四年出版第一张专辑“Cascade”是以民谣团体的姿态出现,而后该团亦为凯尔特音乐创作了无限可能的出路,他们尝试将其民族乐音加以结合转化,不论流行节奏还是非洲等其他民族的音乐纹脉皆是他们创作素材,九五年他们参加英国的WOMAD音乐节时早已是举世之名的当代凯尔特乐团了。不过在转化的过程中,该团使用的乐器以及成员架构与来自爱尔兰的Clannad家族合唱团(Enya的姐姐Maire (Moya) Brennan为主唱)有些近似,也因此许多乐迷都喜欢将这两团做为比较。若您听过Clannad与Capercaillie的作品,其实您能发现这之间还是有明显不同,前者虽然来自凯尔特民族根据地之一的爱尔兰但是其音乐元素比起后者较感觉不出有凯尔特民族的传统风韵。
  评论Karen Matheson可以说是最传统、最正宗的Celtic风格的代表,Clannad乐队其实无论成就的数量还是质量都无可比性,倒是另外一支著名的Celtic乐队Altan与之相似程度更高,当然风格也是有差异的。
  Karen Matheson的演唱,是一种起伏变化迅速的“哼唱”类型,与Enya的慢速吟唱相比,这样的风格要想唱得出优美、纯净、连贯的旋律,对歌手来说难度极大,但Karen Matheson却完美地做到了,抛开突出的音乐创作能力不谈,这本身就已经足够吸引人了。“这个时代最棒的盖尔语女声”的确实至名归。
  也许是不懂盖尔语的缘故,国内知道Karen Matheson的本来就不多,大多局限于她的单独的三张个人专辑,知道把她和Capercaillie(雷鸟)联系在一起的人更少(Capercaillie也只在一些Celtic合集裏偶尔露面而已),殊不知Karen Matheson的主要成就恰恰就是在Capercaillie之中,这与Celtic在音乐界如雷贯耳的事实很不协调。由于搜集的专辑比较多,逐一筛选也是份苦差事,索性直接发个全集,让大家自己来鉴赏。
  专辑收录截止2008年该乐队的21张专辑(全集)、其核心歌手Karen Matheson的三张个人专辑以及Karen Matheson客串与其他音乐家合作的部分单曲

Audio CD (8 Aug 2011)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Vertical
ASIN: B0013LNGII

The Graham Weekly Album Review #1525

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Capercaillie: Roses and Tears
by George Graham

(Compass 4477 As broadcast on WVIA-FM 5/21/2008)

The revival of Celtic music, which began more or less in the 1970s with the Chieftains, shows no signs of abating. Many performers of different generations and from different countries continue to release worthwhile new recordings. And the scene has also been showing a good deal of eclecticism, with traditional music mixed with all manner of styles, from rock to hip-hop to Salsa.

This week we have a new release from one of the best-known long-running bands from Scotland, Capercaillie. Their new CD is called Roses and Tears.

Named after a species of bird, Capercaillie has been together for more than 20 years. During that time they have helped expand the audience for Celtic music beyond the hard-core traditionalists. In the course of their career they have had cumulative album sales of over one million worldwide and were also featured in the popular film Rob Roy. The group's personnel has varied somewhat, but its founders were keyboard man Donald Shaw, and vocalist Karen Matheson who has become respected so much in the UK that she was awarded an Order of the British Empire title.

The latest incarnation of the Capercaillie is up to eight members, with the usual combination of guitars, pipes, whistles, fiddle, percussion and bass. Donald Shaw came from a traditional folk background, with accordion being his first instrument, and on which he won various honors, including the All-Britain accordion championship. But his musical interests have been wide ranging -- he won the accordion competition by playing a Paganini classical piece. He has been involved extensively in creating music for films, and not surprisingly, that broad musical approach has found its way into Capercaillie's music. It's interesting that while many of the Irish-based Celtic groups take a fairly traditional direction with the music, there are several Scottish bands who have been going off in very non-traditional trajectories, including Shooglenifty, Mouth Music and their original vocalist Talitha MacKenzie, and the highly unlikely fusion in the appropriately-named band Salsa Celtica.

In listening to the new Capercaillie album, it occurred to me that this particular lineup of the group reminded me of a traditional Celtic band into which a jazz piano trio has been dropped. Shaw also often uses Rhodes or Wulitzer electric pianos which evoke some of the fusion jazz of the 1970s. He also uses subtle and not-so subtle jazz techniques like a bit of swing in the rhythm, more complex rhythmic figures, chord substitutions, and general musical sophistication that is not usually a part of traditional Celtic music. Shaw, bassist Ewan Vernal and drummer Che Beresford sound as if they might be as comfortable playing Duke Ellington as the traditional material. They also draw on the similarities between the rhythms of funk music and some of the figures of jigs and reels.

The material on the CD includes some fairly newly discovered traditional songs, found in the archive of Gaelic songs at the School of Scottish studies. Of the vocal pieces on the album, the majority are sung in Gaelic. Unfortunately, except for English listings of the titles, the translations of the lyrics are not provided in the CD's package.

Opening is a piece typical of the band's eclectic sound, Him Bo which translates as "I am in Distress." The band gives the song a distinctly funky rhythmic approach. <<>>

The following track, whose title is translated as The Stormy Voyage, is also given an interesting rhythmic transformation, while Ms. Matheson and the Celtic contingent of the band evoke the traditional aspect. <<>> In the second section, the traditional jig is spun into a jazz waltz. <<>>

One of two songs sung in English is Don't You Go, by the long-time English folk artist John Martyn. It's an anti-war song sung from the standpoint of a mother pleading with her son not to go off to war. <<>>

A bit more traditional in sound is a medley of jigs called The Aphrodisiac. It's two traditional pieces, plus an original by Shaw. It's a great showcase for the instrumental virtuosity in the band. <<>>

There's a Scottish tradition of so called "waulking" songs, sung by women workers processing fabric. A medley called Barra Clapping Song incorporates some of that, again mixing with rhythmic touches of funk. It's a particularly appealing piece. <<>>

The more mellow side of the band comes out on the song whose Gaelic title translates as I Sing the Praises of the Brave Lads. Michael McGoldrick's Uillean pipes give the song an Irish sound. <<>>

The other song in English is an original by keyboard man Donald Shaw. Soldier Boy also considers war and peace, and contains the lyrics line that the band used as CD title. <<>>

The CD's lengthiest track is another impressive medley of instrumentals, called The Rose Cottage Reels, consisting of one traditional tune and three originals by Shaw. I suppose you could say that it's as close as you can come to a Celtic jam band. <<>>

Roses and Tears, the new CD from the long-running Scottish band Capercaillie, is an outstanding recording that captures both the traditional aspects of the music, including the great majority of the lyrics being in Gaelic, with perhaps a bit wider-ranging sense of musical eclecticism than previously with the band. The expanded personnel -- eight members is large by Celtic standards -- and founder Donald Shaw's increasingly jazzy tendencies add to the music's breadth of sound and style. Karen Matheson's vocals are again transcendent, making for wonderfully engaging music, even when one has no idea of what she is singing about. And that is perhaps the one complaint I would have about the CD -- the lack of translations of the actual lyrics, more than just the song titles.

Sonically, Roses and Tears gets one of my relatively rare grade A's. There is good clarity and warmth to the sound, and the recording has relatively little volume compression. You may have to turn up the volume a bit compared to most of today's totally maxed out super-compressed CDs, but you'll be rewarded by music that can ebb and flow.

Over two decades Capercaillie have remained one of the most popular and respected Celtic bands. Their new CD branches out some in sound and influences, which might raise some eyebrows, but they do it without artistic compromise, and further elevate the standard in the lively Celtic scene.

© Copyright 2008 George D. Graham. All rights reseved.
This review may not be copied to another Web site without written permission.
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专辑曲目

01. Him Bo (4:20)
02. Turas An Anraidh (4:31)
03. Don't You Go (5:02)
04. The Aphrodisiac (4:16)
05. Barra Clapping Song (4:37)
06. Seinneam Cliu Nam Fear Ur (4:13)
07. Oran Sugraidh (3:57)
08. The Quimper Waltz (4:03)
09. Soldier Boy (5:20)
10. A' Racan A Bh' Againne (4:42)
11. Rose Cottage Reels (6:18)
12. Leodhasach An Tir Chein (5:29)

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