‘Ahead of his time and seriously accomplished…pulses with creative energy’ – Irish Music Mag
Why the 40th Anniversary Edition?
‘Gael’s Vision’ 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates the 1977 album release of ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’ by Celtic fusion violinist Joe O’Donnell.
The original album received wide acclaim and made a lasting impression. It still commands affection and respect today. It blends haunting Celtic melodies, lush orchestrations, searing rock feels and Indian musical influences.
Top musicians of the day played on the album, especially guitar legend Rory Gallagher. Joe and Rory enjoyed a warm musical friendship. The others were Steve Bolton (Atomic Rooster, The Who, guitar), David Lennox (Ginger Baker, Blodwyn Pig, The Equals, keyboards), Jon Field (Jade Warrior, woodwinds), Theodor Thunder (Alan Price Band, drums), and Bill Smith (Long John Baldry, Leo Sayer, bass).
Delving into the master tapes Joe has added 18 minutes of material, all remixed, re-mastered, and some arrangements enhanced. There are four tracks which were not included on the original vinyl for space reasons. One of these Joe has completed now for the first time. He has also brought to light some previously unheard contributions by Rory Gallagher. Rory plays both his much loved Strat and his rarely heard Martin acoustic guitar. His presence is as vibrant as ever, perhaps even more so with the help of today’s technology!
01. The Vision
04. Sea Crossing and Storm
05. The Battle an Retreat Underground
07. The Feish
08. The Provincial Kings – track recently completed from original recordings
09. The House of Hostages
10. For trades and Hospitality
11.House of Warriors
12. The Great Banqueting Hall
13. Poets and Storytellers – with Rory Gallagher
14. Lament for Coire Sainnte – with Rory Gallagher
Here Joe shares the story about the legend behind ‘Gael’s Vision’ and reminisces about making the album (8 mins)
Included in the package is the full-length live DVD of ‘Gael’s Vision’ performed by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla with guest musicians, Irish and Indian dancers, narration and dramatic images, filmed at the Coventry Belgrade Theatre.
Features to look out for:
- some tracks are now longer than on the original vinyl
- new and extended, tonally improved lead guitar by Rory (electric and acoustic)
- previously unheard additional track
- enriched orchestral passages
- contributions by Joe’s powerful Coventry band Shkayla and other guest musicians
There is also a fine 16pp illustrated souvenir booklet with insights into the original album and the 40th Anniversary Edition by John O’Regan and Pete Clemons.