Shepherd Moons

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Shepherd Moons
Studio album by Enya
Released 4 November 1991 (UK)
Recorded 1989–1991
Genre New age, Celtic
Length 43:09
Label WEA (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
Watermark
(1988)
Shepherd Moons
(1991)
The Celts
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B (1992)[3]
A− (1993)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[5]

Shepherd Moons is an album by Irish musician Enya, released on 4 November 1991 in the United Kingdom. It won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album of 1993. It was a #1 album in the UK and a Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #17 on the Billboard 200. It stayed in the Billboard charts for 199 consecutive weeks, and 238 weeks overall.[6]

In 2009, a remastered version exclusive to Japan was released as a Limited Edition on SHM-CD with bonus tracks.[7] The remastered version is available on iTunes, Amazon and others.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Shepherd Moons"   3:42
2. "Caribbean Blue"   3:58
3. "How Can I Keep from Singing?"   4:23
4. "Ebudæ"   1:54
5. "Angeles"   3:57
6. "No Holly for Miss Quinn"   2:40
7. "Book of Days" ([8]) 2:32
8. "Evacuee"   3:50
9. "Lothlórien"   2:08
10. "Marble Halls"   3:53
11. "Afer Ventus"   4:05
12. "Smaointe..."   6:07

Singles[edit]

  • "Caribbean Blue" was released with "Orinoco Flow", "As Baile", "Angeles", and "Oriel Window" as additional tracks.
  • "How Can I Keep from Singing?" released with "Oíche Chiún" and "'S Fagaim Mo Bhaile" appearing as additional tracks. (Chiún is an apparent misspelling of Chiúin.[citation needed]) In the lyrics book, the song lyrics are missing a part, although they are the full lyrics of the video, which is a reduced version of the original song.
  • "Book of Days" released with "Watermark", "On Your Shore", and "Exile" as additional tracks.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[9] 3× Platinum 180,000x
Australia (ARIA)[10] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[11] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[12] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[14] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[16] Platinum 15,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[17] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[18] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Nicky Ryan
  • Executive Producer: Rob Dickins
  • Engineers: Gregg Jackman, Nicky Ryan
  • Assistant engineer: Robin Barclay
  • Mixing: Gregg Jackman, Nicky Ryan
  • Arranger: Enya, Nicky Ryan
  • Photography: David Scheinmann
  • Wardrobe by The New Renaissance

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
1993 Shepherd Moons Best New Age Album

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review 1
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review 2
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 280. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=2&storyCode=1035793
  7. ^ http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=459819
  8. ^ Early editions of the album included a version of "Book of Days" with Gaelic lyrics. Later editions substituted a new recording with English language lyrics recorded for the soundtrack of the film, Far and Away.
  9. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Enya – Sheperd Moons". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  10. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  11. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2007". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  12. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ENYA and click OK
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'Shepherd Moons')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "Irish album certifications – Enya – Sheperd Moons". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved February 01, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Japanese album certifications – エンヤ – シェパード・ムーン" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  18. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  19. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. 
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enya; 'Shepherd Moons')". Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Shepherd Moons in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "australian-charts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "austriancharts.at Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 55, No. 9". RPM. 22 February 1992. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Album Search: Enya - Shepherd Moons" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Hungarian Albums Chart". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  29. ^ "エンヤ-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック" [Highest position and charting weeks of Shepherd Moons by Enya]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "charts.org.nz Enya - Watermark" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "swedishcharts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Enya - Shepherd Moons - hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  34. ^ "Enya > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "allmusic ((( Shepherd Moons > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  36. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  37. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Albums 1992". aria.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  38. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  39. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1993". billboard.biz. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  40. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1995". billboard.biz. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  41. ^ http://www.enya.com/about_albumsingle.php

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Preceded by
Greatest Hits II by Queen
UK number one album
16 November 1991 – 22 November 1991
Succeeded by
We Can't Dance by Genesis