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 edition)
67:07 (CD Canada)
79:45 (CD/DVD edition)
Label
Producer
Enya chronology
And Winter Came...
(2008)
The Very Best of Enya
(2009)
Dark Sky Island
(2015)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Enya is a greatest hits album from Irish musician Enya. The album was announced by Enya on her official site on 26 August 2009 and released on 23 November 2009. According to the website, it includes Enya's favorite songs as chosen by her, Nicky and Roma Ryan.

Two versions of the album were released: a standard single-disc edition containing only the audio tracks, and a two-disc deluxe edition featuring a DVD collecting a number of her music videos. It made top 20 in almost twenty countries.

The Very Best of Enya received mostly positive reviews from music critics and was a mild commercial success, reaching No. 32 on the UK Albums Chart, No. 55 on the US Billboard 200 and sold more than 1 million copies overall. The album spent 56 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart.[2]

Announcements[edit]

An announcement on Enya's official website stated that the release of the album was scheduled for 16 November 2009. Roma Ryan confirmed the rumor to the media. The release date was later postponed until 23 November 2009 (and until 1 December 2009 for the U.S. and Japan). On 19 September 2009, the first version of the album cover artwork was revealed by Roma Ryan via the official Enya forum, Unity. The final version later appeared on Amazon and other online music stores.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The Very Best of Enya received mostly positive reviews from music critics. James Christopher Monger from "Allmusic" says that the trio seems enamored 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]

Although there are no new songs for the collection, "Aníron", which Enya composed and performed for The Lord of the Rings, is released on this album in a previously unreleased version. The track listing of songs on the CD differs for the CD-only edition and the CD/DVD edition.[4]

Excluded from the DVD are the following videos: "May It Be", "Book of Days", "I Want Tomorrow", "Exile", and "How Can I Keep from Singing?". Of these, "May It Be", "Book of Days" and "Exile" included footage from motion pictures (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Far and Away and L.A. Story, respectively), while "I Want Tomorrow" was originally a segment of the TV series The Celts and is available on the DVD release of that series.

The inclusion of the DVD marks the first North American DVD release of Enya's music videos, following the cancellation of a North American release of The Video Collection in 2001. The DVD includes three documentary featurettes that were originally included in the 2001 DVD release but, while it has been updated to include videos from post-2001 album releases, the videos for "Book of Days" and "Exile", included in the 2001 release, are omitted.

All songs' music is composed by Enya with lyrics written by Roma Ryan, except for "The Celts" and "Aldebaran" (lyrics by both Enya and Roma Ryan); and "Watermark", "Boadicea", "A Day Without Rain", and "Drifting" (instrumental, composed by Enya).

Standard edition
No. Title From the album Length
1. "Orinoco Flow"   Watermark 4:26
2. "Aníron (I Desire)" (previously unreleased version) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 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 / The Celts 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 / The Celts 3:05
14. "Trains and Winter Rains"   And Winter Came... 3:42
15. "Watermark"   Watermark 2:25
16. "Boadicea"   Enya / The Celts 3:31
17. "A Day Without Rain"   A Day Without Rain 2:35
18. "May It Be" (radio edit) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 3:31

Deluxe edition[edit]

The deluxe edition, which includes a bonus DVD, is packaged in a hardcover book-style digipak.

Production[edit]

  • Instrumentation (All tracks), Vocals (tracks 1-14, 16, 18-19) performed by: Enya
  • Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
  • Recording Engineer (All tracks), audio mixing, additional vocals by: Nicky Ryan
  • Lyrics (tracks 1-14, 18), and additional vocals by: Roma Ryan
  • Recorded at Aigle studio
  • Design and art direction by Peacock

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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