Iona Live: Heaven's Bright Sun

Performers Iona

Forefront Records | June 22, 2007 | Compact Disc

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For years Iona loyalists have been saying "but you must see them live" in defense of their lengthy, ambient-laden instrumentals and sometimes partially realized studio concepts. They have a point to an extent. A greater intensity and sense of purpose does exist in this two-disc live set, but invariably, whenever that dynamic reveals itself, Iona drifts further from anything inherently Celtic, and closer to '70s pop/prog like Camel, Renaissance and Genesis (which isn't a knock, because Iona doesn't place labels on themselves). An obvious exception is the previously unrecorded reel medley, "Mountain Road/Ivy Leaf/Hunter's Purse/Rip the Calico," which boasts a stunning seven-minute uilleann pipes clinic by Troy Donockley. Now that's Celtic rock! "When I Survey," utilizing the traditional melody of "Waly Waly" and the lyrics of 17th-century English theologian/hymn writer Isaac Watts, is sure to please devotees of both the folk-rock and progressive camps. Lead vocalist Joanne Hogg displays tendencies that evoke comparisons to Karen Matheson and Annie Haslam. Evidently, guitarist Dave Bainbridge picked up a few tips from Robert Fripp (who appeared on their previous two studio albums), as his epic, impressionistic 12-minute guitar intro on "Survey" eventually gives way to a fiery solo which wouldn't sound out of place on an early-'70s King Crimson album. Throughout Heaven's Bright Sun, Mike Haughton's unsolicited wailing sax outbursts do little to solidify Iona's classification as either a progressive or folk-rock group. And Iona wouldn't have it any other way. ~ Dave Sleger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2007

Genre: Contemp. Christian

Style: Gospel

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Forefront Records

UPC: 604388656325

Found in: Contemporary - Christian

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Iona Live: Heaven's Bright Sun

Performers Iona

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2007

Genre: Contemp. Christian

Style: Gospel

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Forefront Records

UPC: 604388656325


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Turning Tide --
2.Treasure --
3.Flight of the Wild Goose --
4.Today --
5.Irish Day --
6.Luke --
7.Inside My Heart --
8.Trilogy --
9.I Will Give My Love an Apple --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Island, The --
2.Iona --
3.Columcille --
4.Heaven's Bright Sun --
5.Chi Rho --
6.Bi-S‚ I Mo Shul, Pt. 2 - (part 2) --
7.Kells Theme --
8.Reels --
9.When I Survey --

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For years Iona loyalists have been saying "but you must see them live" in defense of their lengthy, ambient-laden instrumentals and sometimes partially realized studio concepts. They have a point to an extent. A greater intensity and sense of purpose does exist in this two-disc live set, but invariably, whenever that dynamic reveals itself, Iona drifts further from anything inherently Celtic, and closer to '70s pop/prog like Camel, Renaissance and Genesis (which isn't a knock, because Iona doesn't place labels on themselves). An obvious exception is the previously unrecorded reel medley, "Mountain Road/Ivy Leaf/Hunter's Purse/Rip the Calico," which boasts a stunning seven-minute uilleann pipes clinic by Troy Donockley. Now that's Celtic rock! "When I Survey," utilizing the traditional melody of "Waly Waly" and the lyrics of 17th-century English theologian/hymn writer Isaac Watts, is sure to please devotees of both the folk-rock and progressive camps. Lead vocalist Joanne Hogg displays tendencies that evoke comparisons to Karen Matheson and Annie Haslam. Evidently, guitarist Dave Bainbridge picked up a few tips from Robert Fripp (who appeared on their previous two studio albums), as his epic, impressionistic 12-minute guitar intro on "Survey" eventually gives way to a fiery solo which wouldn't sound out of place on an early-'70s King Crimson album. Throughout Heaven's Bright Sun, Mike Haughton's unsolicited wailing sax outbursts do little to solidify Iona's classification as either a progressive or folk-rock group. And Iona wouldn't have it any other way. ~ Dave Sleger
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