The Book of Secrets

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The Book of Secrets
Album Cover-The Book of Secrets.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
GenreFolk, world, new-age
Length53:00
LabelQuinlan 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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

The Book of Secrets is the sixth studio 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 United States.[5] It has now sold more than four million copies worldwide.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Loreena McKennitt. All lyrics written by Loreena McKennitt except as noted.[7]

  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 of the same name by Alfred Noyes.
  • "Night Ride Across the Caucasus" was featured in the 1998 film Soldier.
  • The music from "Night Ride Across the Caucasus" was featured in the song Kokli by Ulytau.
  • "Dante's Prayer" is a reference to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997–98) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 25
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 3
Danish Albums (Tracklisten)[12] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[13] 29
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[17] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 30
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 30
US Billboard 200[21] 17
US World Albums (Billboard)[22] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 91
French Albums (IFOP)[24] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 92
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 74
Chart (1998) Position
Canadian Albums (RPM)[26] 40
US Billboard 200[27] 67

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 Quan
    • 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)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[28] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[29] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 110,000[31]
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[34] Gold 30,000^
Italy 100,000[31]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Gold 70,000[31]
United States (RIAA)[37] 2× Platinum 1,867,000[36]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
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