The Book of Secrets

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The Book of Secrets
Studio album by Loreena McKennitt
Released September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
Genre Folk, world, new-age
Length 53:00
Label Quinlan Road, Warner Bros.
Loreena McKennitt chronology
A Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season
(1995)
The Book of Secrets
(1997)
Live in Paris and Toronto
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Book of Secrets is an album by Loreena McKennitt released in 1997. It reached #17 on the Billboard 200.[3] Its single "The Mummers' Dance," remixed by DNA, was released during the winter of 1997–98, and peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #17 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[4] The album is certified double-platinum in the US.[5] It has now sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Loreena McKennitt. All lyrics written by Loreena McKennitt except as noted.[6]

  1. "Prologue" – 4:22
  2. "The Mummers' Dance" – 6:07
  3. "Skellig" – 6:07
  4. "Marco Polo" – 5:15
  5. "The Highwayman" (lyric by Alfred Noyes, abridged by Loreena McKennitt) – 10:19
  6. "La Serenissima" – 5:09
  7. "Night Ride across the Caucasus" – 8:30
  8. "Dante's Prayer" – 7:11

Song information[edit]

  • The DNA remix of "The Mummers' Dance" was made into a music video.
  • "Skellig" relates the dying words of a monk from a monastery that existed during the 6th-12th centuries on the island Skellig Michael (Great Skellig), 11.6 km west of Ireland.
  • "The Highwayman" is an adaptation of the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
  • "Dante's Prayer" is a reference to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[7] 33
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[8] 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[9] 25
Canadian Albums Chart[3] 3
Danish Albums Chart[10] 14
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 29
French Albums Chart[12] 16
German Albums Chart[13] 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 9
Norwegian Albums Chart[15] 30
Spanish Albums Chart[16] 16
Swiss Albums Chart[17] 30
US Billboard 200[3] 17
US World Albums[3] 1

Personnel[edit]

This information is directly from the sleeve notes.

Production[edit]

    • As listed in CD booklet.
  • Produced by Loreena McKennitt; assisted by Brian Hughes & Donald Quinn
  • Recorded & Mixed by Kevin Killen (recorded track 1; mixed tracks 1, 2, 5 & 7) & Stuart Bruce (recorded tracks 2-8; mixed tracks 3, 4, 6 & 8)
  • Recording & mix assisted by Jacquie Turner, Justin Griffith, Marco Migliara
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • All songs published by Quinlan Road Music, except in Europe, South America & Southeast Asia (Quinlan Road Music/BMG Music Publishing International)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ g, manos (May 21, 2014). "Review: CD Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets Album". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Book of Secrets - Loreena McKennitt". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  6. ^ CD liner notes
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  8. ^ "ultratop.be - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
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  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  12. ^ "lescharts.com - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Musicline.de - Chartverfolgung - MCKENNITT,LOREENA - THE BOOK OF SECRETS". www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  14. ^ "charts.org.nz - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  15. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  16. ^ "Promusicae". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "hitparade.ch - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-26.