Shepherd Moons

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Shepherd Moons
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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)
Singles from Shepherd Moons
  1. "Caribbean Blue"
    Released: November 1991
  2. "How Can I Keep from Singing?"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Book of Days"
    Released: July 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.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[27] 3× Platinum 180,000x
Australia (ARIA)[28] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Belgium (BEA)[29] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[30] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 250,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[34] Platinum 15,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[36] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

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. ^ "australian-charts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "austriancharts.at Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 55, No. 9". RPM. 22 February 1992. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Album Search: Enya - Shepherd Moons" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hungarian Albums Chart". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "charts.org.nz Enya - Watermark" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "swedishcharts.com Enya - Shepherd Moons" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Enya - Shepherd Moons - hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Enya > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "allmusic ((( Shepherd Moons > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Albums 1992". aria.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  25. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1993". billboard.biz. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1995". billboard.biz. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  27. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Enya – Sheperd Moons". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  28. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  29. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2007". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  30. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  31. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". Music Canada. 
  32. ^ "French album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ENYA and click OK
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'Shepherd Moons')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  34. ^ "Irish album certifications – Enya – Sheperd Moons". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved February 01, 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  35. ^ "Japanese album certifications – エンヤ – シェパード・ムーン" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  36. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  37. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  38. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enya; 'Shepherd Moons')". Hung Medien. 
  39. ^ "British album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Shepherd Moons in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  40. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – Shepherd Moons". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  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