The Very Best of Enya

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The Very Best of Enya
The Very Best of Enya.jpg
Greatest hits album by Enya
Released 23 November 2009 (2009-11-23)
Recorded 1986–2008
Genre
Length 63:17 (CD)
79:45 (CD/DVD)
Label
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
And Winter Came...
(2008)And Winter Came...2008
The Very Best of Enya
(2009)
Dark Sky Island
(2015)Dark Sky Island2015

The Very Best of Enya is the second greatest hits album by the Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya. It was released on 23 November 2009 by Warner Music internationally and on 1 December 2009 by Reprise Records in the United States. After promoting her previous studio album And Winter Came... (2008), Warner Music asked Enya to release a new compilation of her favourite songs of her career, and chose a selection with her longtime collaborators, producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics and peaked at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart and number 55 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It spent a total of 56 weeks at number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart. In a departure from her previous releases, Enya did not promote the album with interviews, appearances, or live performances.

Background[edit]

After promoting her seventh studio album And Winter Came... (2008), Enya's label Warner Music requested that she release a new greatest hits album of her favourite songs of her career. She agreed to the project, and chose a selection with her longtime collaborators, producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. It is Enya's first greatest hits release since Paint the Sky with Stars (1997), but unlike the first collection, Enya did not record new tracks for the release. It includes a previously unreleased version of "Aníron" a song Enya wrote for the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). The DVD included in the album's Limited and Deluxe Editions marks the first release of Enya's music videos in North America, following the cancellation of the proposed The Video Collection in 2001.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The album was released on 23 November 2009 by Warner Music internationally and on 1 December 2009 by Reprise Records in the United States. It peaked at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart and number 55 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It spent a total of 56 weeks at number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart.[2]

The Very Best of Enya received mostly positive reviews from music critics. James Christopher Monger of Allmusic says that the trio seems enamoured by most of the same songs that the general public is, resulting in one of those rare “greatest-hits” collections that goes deep without depriving the listener of the essentials. With tunes like "Orinoco Flow", "Caribbean Blue" and "Book of Days" in the pot and out of the way, it’s easier to appreciate hidden gems like "Cursum Perficio", "Boadicea", "Trains and Winter Rains" and "Anywhere Is".[1]

Track listing[edit]

The Very Best of Enya — Standard Edition
No. Title From the album Length
1. "Orinoco Flow" Watermark 4:29
2. "Aníron (I Desire)" (Previously unreleased version) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2:42
3. "Storms in Africa" Watermark 4:04
4. "Caribbean Blue" Shepherd Moons 3:58
5. "Book of Days" Shepherd Moons 2:55
6. "The Celts" Enya 2:55
7. "Only Time" A Day Without Rain 3:36
8. "Wild Child" A Day Without Rain 3:46
9. "Water Shows the Hidden Heart" Amarantine 4:38
10. "Anywhere Is" The Memory of Trees 3:57
11. "Cursum Perficio" Watermark 4:07
12. "Amarantine" Amarantine 3:09
13. "Aldebaran" Enya 3:05
14. "Trains and Winter Rains" And Winter Came... 3:42
15. "Watermark" Watermark 2:25
16. "Boadicea" Enya 3:31
17. "A Day Without Rain" A Day Without Rain 2:35
18. "May It Be" The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3:31
Total length: 63:59

The Very Best of Enya — Limited and Deluxe Edition DVD

  1. "Orinoco Flow"
  2. "Caribbean Blue"
  3. "Only Time"
  4. "The Celts"
  5. "Amarantine"
  6. "Trains and Winter Rains"
  7. "Evening Falls..."
  8. "Anywhere Is"
  9. "It's in the Rain"
  10. "Wild Child"
  11. "Only If..."
  12. "Storms in Africa"
  13. "On My Way Home"
  14. Enya: A Life in Music documentary
  15. The Making of Caribbean Blue documentary
  16. The Making of Only Time documentary

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's sleeve notes.

Music
  • Enya – composer, performer, vocals, arrangement
Production
  • Nicky Ryan – arrangement, engineer
  • Roma Ryan – lyrics
  • Daniel Polley – digital technical advisor
  • Dick Beetham – mastering at 360 Mastering, London
  • Peacock – art direction, design
  • Simon Fowler – photography
  • David Scheinmann – photography
  • Russell Young – photography
  • Max Adelman – photography
  • Ruth Rowland – lettering

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide 23 November 2009 Warner Music
United States 1 December 2009 Reprise
Worldwide[37] 25 August 2017 LP
  • Warner Music
  • Reprise

References[edit]

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