Past Present

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Greatest hits album by Clannad
Released 1989
Genre Compilation
Clannad chronology
Atlantic Realm
The Angel and the Soldier Boy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Pastpresent is an album by Irish folk group Clannad, released in 1989. It is a compilation of the band's work up to 1989. It includes two new songs not found on any previous or (to date) successive Clannad album, "The Hunter" and "World of Difference". Three singles were released to promote the compilation: "The Hunter", "In a Lifetime" (re-issue) and the band's only double A-side "Hourglass"/"Theme from Harry's Game". A book of sheet music for all songs except "Stepping Stone" was also produced.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from Harry's Game" – 2:26
  2. "Closer to Your Heart" – 3:28
  3. "Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)" – 4:48
  4. "The Hunter" – 4:53
  5. "Lady Marian" – 3:19
  6. "Sirius" – 5:34
  7. "Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair" – 5:56
  8. "Second Nature" – 3:19 (Not on Vinyl album)
  9. "World of Difference" – 4:00
  10. "In a Lifetime" (a duet with Bono) – 3:07
  11. "Robin (The Hooded Man)" – 2:49
  12. "Something to Believe In" – 4:44
  13. "Newgrange" – 4:02
  14. "Buachaill Ón Éirne" – 3:07
  15. "White Fool" – 4:37
  16. "Stepping Stone" – 3:52 (Not on Vinyl album)


Chart (1989) Peak
UK Albums Chart 5


  1. "The Hunter"
  2. "In a Lifetime"
  3. "Newgrange"


Author Clannad
Country Ireland
United States
Language English
Publisher Wise Publications
Publication date
ISBN 0-711919-19-4
OCLC 65126191

Pastpresent is a sheet music book by Irish band Clannad. The book was published to coincide with their album and video of the same name. The book provides sheet music for all songs except "Stepping Stone". The book is now out of print. Credits in the books vary depending on the edition, of which there are two.


  1. "Theme from Harry's Game"
  2. "Closer to Your Heart"
  3. "Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)"
  4. "The Hunter"
  5. "Lady Marian"
  6. "Sirius"
  7. "Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair"
  8. "Second Nature"
  9. "World of Difference"
  10. "In a Lifetime" (a duet with Bono)
  11. "Robin (The Hooded Man)"
  12. "Something to Believe In"
  13. "Newgrange"
  14. "Buachaill Ón Éirne"
  15. "White Fool"


Original cover
Directed by Various
Produced by Various
Music by Clannad
Distributed by RCA Records
BMG Records
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Language Irish

Pastpresent was released on both VHS and laserdisc. The video for Pastpresent is still widely available online, but has not been republished by the record companies involved. Rumors have been brought to the forefront on a possible DVD release, although no evidence has been shown to prove the foundations for these rumors.


  1. Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) – opening sequence
  2. Harry's Game
  3. An Mhaighdean Mhara
  4. Closer To Your Heart
  5. Something To Believe In
  6. Teir Abhaile
  7. Robin (The Hooded Man)
  8. Newgrange
  9. Hourglass
  10. Buachaill Ón Éirne
  11. The Hunter
  12. In A Lifetime
  13. Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) – closing sequence

Times vary between scenes with the closing credits on some United States versions of the video showing the full track Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) at the end of the VHS.


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