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Loreena McKennitt — Marco Polo
Album: The Book of Secrets
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 2067









Released: 1997
Length: 4:59
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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 triskele wrote:
Created my first solo belly dance choreography to this song.... 
 
Maybe there is some footage you can upload?
This was one of my favorite albums when it came out. Love LM!
Long Live   Radio Paradise
Rating only 7 to me but I  stay because I like Loreena McKennitt 
Great tune!  Bill, a big thank you for all the Canadian content...
 pinto wrote:

I really doubt you'll go that far
 
Please do us all a favor. Go that far!
I don't enjoy Arabesque
 saellig668552 wrote:
Back in the 90ies this sort of music was calles/filed under NEW age

today this is as inventive as a old unwashed dusty sock

boring


 
 
It was released in 1997

It's timeless
 tinypriest wrote:
Has anyone noticed how this Loreena McKennitt song sounds...
... like every other Loreena McKennit song?
 
It's called a style
 Kaw wrote:
This feels like when you buy Gouda Kaas (cheese) somewhere in the world expecting it to be excelent Dutch cheese and ending up chewing a sort of plastic with the smell of sweaty feet.
It's just not the real deal.
 
I think you know as much about cheese as you do about music

 Biscobret wrote:
time wasted that could be spent listening to Lisa Gerrard.
 
IMHO a lot of  the time spent listening to Lisa Gerrard IS wasted


Has anyone noticed how this Loreena McKennitt song sounds...
... like every other Loreena McKennit song?
Now lets play a game....Marco.........Polo{#Cheesygrin}
.......choreographed my first solo in belly dance, 1997... sigh.....
 saellig668552 wrote:
Back in the 90ies this sort of music was calles/filed under NEW age

today this is as inventive as a old unwashed dusty sock

boring


 

 
Well, I, for one, still like it.  In fact, I like it a lot, and I'm glad I can hear stuff like this on RP without having to dig out old LPs or CDs.
Back in the 90ies this sort of music was calles/filed under NEW age

today this is as inventive as a old unwashed dusty sock

boring


 
This reminds me of Jeff Beal's score for the HBO series Rome. Mesmerizing. 
 markybx wrote:
I disapprove of what you play, but I will defend to the death your right to play it.

 
I really doubt you'll go that far
Incredibly boring.
Stunning voice.
Enchanting
She was here in Eugene this year, and I have to say I LOVED the current show, what a smart, intelligent, talented woman! {#Bounce}
 1wolfy wrote:
 Lucky you...I want to see her  MargoMallen wrote:
Totally Godlike.  I have seen her 3 times and each time I feel like I am transported to another time!  I love it!  The percussion are phenomenal!!!

 

 
Completely agree. She and her band are incredible live. Go see them if you have a chance.
 below72 wrote:
Bill - you have excellent taste in music and you are a master at segues
{#Clap}{#Clap}
 

 
agreed! 
 markybx wrote:
I disapprove of what you play, but I will defend to the death your right to play it.

 
Do they allow flag burning on your planet?{#Tongue-out}
Bill - you have excellent taste in music and you are a master at segues
{#Clap}{#Clap}
 
 markybx wrote:
I disapprove of what you play, but I will defend to the death your right to play it.

  
...a righteous statement, and I approve of both you and RP.


I disapprove of what you play, but I will defend to the death your right to play it.
 Lucky you...I want to see her  MargoMallen wrote:
Totally Godlike.  I have seen her 3 times and each time I feel like I am transported to another time!  I love it!  The percussion are phenomenal!!!

 


Totally Godlike.  I have seen her 3 times and each time I feel like I am transported to another time!  I love it!  The percussion are phenomenal!!!
No need to go to such extremes.  There are numerous ways to lower the volume on your computer or device.  Hit mute.  Lower the volume on the link to 0.  Turn off your speakers.  Or leave the room.  Either way, no damage to your external auditory meatus. 

Biscobret wrote:
Good thing that the PSD button is there — or I would have to jam metal forks into my ears just to make it stop.

{#Frustrated}

 


 Biscobret wrote:
time wasted that could be spent listening to Lisa Gerrard.

 
Hmm, well I'm a big and long-time fan of Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard, but her oeuvre can be pretty 'challenging' and a tough chew. There's room for a 'lite' version in Loreena McKennitt. For all that Loreena's celtic-inspired work is fairly lightweight, it's enjoyable and a nice introduction to celtic music for newbies, IMO.
This feels like when you buy Gouda Kaas (cheese) somewhere in the world expecting it to be excelent Dutch cheese and ending up chewing a sort of plastic with the smell of sweaty feet.
It's just not the real deal.
nought wrong with this, good production, fabulous instrument playing, a voice to die for, good sound i'll buy this album, great going home late at nite
i often feel very optimistic at the start of her songs, expecting that i'm about to like what i'll be hearing, but by the end of the song, whatev. i think i even bought this album long ago and listened to it 2-3x and that's it. 

 

misterio
{#Cheers}
 malcyc wrote:
nothing wrong with this, in fact it's damn good, now how do you spell eclectic again

 
Why are you asking?  You spelled it correctly.  The word no longer has  "K" or "Q" as it did during the reign of Æthelred the Unready.
LOVE this!    {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
                            
Overdone
Created my first solo belly dance choreography to this song.... 
 kdarwish wrote:
voice and music dreamy, thank you Radio Paradise.

 
Agreed
voice and music dreamy, thank you Radio Paradise.
 Cynaera wrote:
POLO!!!!!  Sorry - I was in the bathroom...
 
We miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my homeless camps loves this groovy song...  we be dancing among the thickets... 
 ScottN wrote:
Generally like LM's work.  This is a self-indulgent miss, imo.

 

Miss Self-Indulgent takes belly-dancing lessons...
Generally like LM's work.  This is a self-indulgent miss, imo.
i like this song!!
Screw this song and it's jaunty take on a classic song. 
aaaaahhhhhhhh, ! , !, {#Bounce} beauty and brains, love it.....{#Clap}...thank you B & R    {#Dance}....or should that be R & B ?  either way it's SOUL MUSIC
 Biscobret wrote:
time wasted that could be spent listening to Lisa Gerrard.
 
Excellent comment.
Lovely!
It's 9.20 AM AEST (AU) - I find myself wobbling my hips as I work the desktop.. Ha ha.. life is good!
time wasted that could be spent listening to Lisa Gerrard.
Good thing that the PSD button is there -- or I would have to jam metal forks into my ears just to make it stop.

{#Frustrated}
 hbs47 wrote:

If this is annoying , I'm prepared to be even more annoyed. {#Lol}{#Angel}

 
I said this song was annoying, Loreena that is.
I do like the exotic music, but at times she seems pretentious.
Just not my cup of tea, you know? 
Love this track and overall work...
and we are saddened with you.

so why do you come back when rp is only 95% amazing and not worthy of your support?



JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.

 





nothing wrong with this, in fact it's damn good, now how do you spell eclectic again

 JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.

JanioV, you sound a closed-minded bigot and more than a tad ridiculous!  It also spurred me on to make a small monthly donation to RP to make up for all the fabulous music RP has introduced me to!  Thank you RP!!!


 MirageRF wrote:
Loreena finds so many ways to be annoying.  {#Beat}
 
If this is annoying , I'm prepared to be even more annoyed. {#Lol}{#Angel}
Loreena finds so many ways to be annoying.  {#Beat}
 JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.
 
Seriously? If you want 100%, you'll have to start your own radio station and even then I bet you'd play something that you liked, say, 10 years ago that you no longer like. And then what would you do? I think a 95% amazing ratio is pretty outstanding and certainly more than worthy of a donation. Personally, I think you're just looking for a excuse not to support the station. 
 martinc wrote:
Got me tickets first week of Dec at Arts Centre here in Ottawa. Shoudl be sweet. Tonight it is the Boss at Scotai Bank Place - sold out!
 
Not to self - this was a great show. Her voice was in great form and Hugh Marsh of violin was superb. Good band and the Arts Centre was perfect venue. Canadian national treasure. Hugh Marsh played and tour with Bruce Cockburn many moons ago. He hasn't lost anything with age.
Wow, moving and eclectic, thank you!
 siskinbob wrote:

Just jacked my rating from a 7 to a 9 on the basis of your comment. {#Dancingbanana}
 
Excellent... you have just driven me to give it a 1
 Poacher wrote:

I'll tell you what's sad, the fact you need to have 100% amazing to consider contributing. 95% not enough? Shame on you.

edit: I just read your comments and you appear to be a racist because apparently any music created outside of the USA is not to be tolerated. Just a suggestion but you might want to pull you head out of your arse.
 



👍
 JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.
 
Just jacked my rating from a 7 to a 9 on the basis of your comment. {#Dancingbanana}
 JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.
 
I'll tell you what's sad, the fact you need to have 100% amazing to consider contributing. 95% not enough? Shame on you.

edit: I just read your comments and you appear to be a racist because apparently any music created outside of the USA is not to be tolerated. Just a suggestion but you might want to pull you head out of your arse.
 JanioV wrote:
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.
 



Hm. Kinda sad.

Every time Bill puts up a world track like this, or, say something from Mali, I take the opportunity to discover something I'd never get to enjoy anywhere else.

And then get back to Pearl Jam or The Allman Bros or Neko Case or Duke Ellington or ... Come back more often dude!
 unclehud wrote:

You got a belly?  Dance away ...
 

Oh that's good!
 fuzzy wrote:
Middle east music. Not my cup o' tea. Unless there's some belly dancing.
 
You got a belly?  Dance away ...
Every time you play these world-music wailing songs, I switch away. Sometimes I'm gone for weeks at a time. If you would stick to the AAA stuff you're best at, I might send money. Mostly, though, I just end up wondering why I come back. You're 95% amazing and 5% infuriating. That's sad.

Did anybody know that it was indeed Marco who

brought back the ballgame (Polo) to Italy. He first saw it

in the steppe of what is Kazachstan today!


Saw her in Providence a couple of years ago. Phenomenal show! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 erjobitt wrote:
spent it dancin with the five year old love it!!
 
Sweet!
I bought this album the day it came out.  I can't believe it's been 15 years ago.  Shit.
Got me tickets first week of Dec at Arts Centre here in Ottawa. Shoudl be sweet. Tonight it is the Boss at Scotai Bank Place - sold out!
spent it dancin with the five year old love it!!
this is a very very very old tune - been played in the middle east for more than centuries.. 
thnx to Loreena McKennitt for revising it - surely would have been nice of her if she was sharing her references for this music :)
 TerryS wrote:
Much better than faux Celtic.
 

? Are you referring to her 'faux Celtic' or are you having a go at Celtic music in general? That comment's so concise it's gnomic.
Much better than faux Celtic.
I'm in heaven.....she is a genius, combining celtic and middle-eastern.....if you like this, check out her albums Book of Secrets
and The Mask and the Mirror! 
 shakitten wrote:
Can't stop my hips...got me moving! Love this!
 

Same here!
haven't heard this for a year or two..........sounds all the better for it.
Can't stop my hips...got me moving! Love this!
Is it over yet. Such a 6.5
 ianmoff wrote:

And I'm cooking a curry - Bill are you telepathic?
 
 

Curry, you say?  I'll be right over.
If RP was a concert, this unending dirge would make a wonderful bathroom break.  You wouldn't miss anything and it goes on enough to defeat any long line.
It is amazing how many people have found her music. From basically a street performer in Toronto to a world artist and a lady who has controlled the entire direction of her career. I love her stuff. Don't play it 24/7 but when I do it sounds best cranked
 paraclete wrote:
GREAT Segues!
Traffic - 40,000 Headmen
to
Pentangle - Waltz
to
Loreena McKennitt - Marco Polo

 
Well it started off alright anyway

 Cynaera wrote:

POLO!!!!!  Sorry - I was in the bathroom...

 
{#Lol}


 gvan wrote:
Marco...

Marco...

 
POLO!!!!!  Sorry - I was in the bathroom...

If you like this you'll love Lisa Gerrard and Dead Can Dance.
Oh, I am melting...
That segue (Pentangle - Waltz  —> this tune) was oddly fun. {#Notworthy}
Beautiful. The entire CD.

Mmmmm... I love this entire album.


Tasty goodness.
This always seems to transport me...great production too
Marco...

Marco...

She was great in concert. Saw her in the 90's in Phoenix, AZ {#Music}
Indeed, a great album.  Despite the negativity of some, I find the fusion of Eastern and Western culture fascinating and capable of yielding works of great beauty.  Go to Venice to see some of what this cultural interchange wrought over the course of 1000 years.  The USA has some distance to go before it boasts the longevity of "La Repubblica Serenissima", which inspired this song.

This song won me concert tickets back in '97 or '98.  The radio station was giving away tickets to the first caller who could name any other song than Mummer's Dance from Book of Secrets.  It was the first and only tickets I have ever won!  And it was FRONT ROW (until they brought in extra chairs and added 2 more rows in front of front row....)  Loreena is AWESOME to see live.  {#Notworthy}
Her best album.
Ready to bellydance now. :)
 Bosami wrote:
Niceness. I like.
 
And I'm cooking a curry - Bill are you telepathic?
 
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Alrighty!  I was in the mood for some snake charm music....Now.. where that little bugger slither off to?
 
He's heading for the kitchen!!!!
Niceness. I like.
That was a nice transition from Pentangle to this.  Exotic music always makes me wanna get up and undulate a bit!  :)

whole album is good!
Alrighty!  I was in the mood for some snake charm music....Now.. where that little bugger slither off to?
Works for me!{#Clap}
 snorlax75 wrote:
make it stop

 
the part where east meets west?

make it stop

 reedifus wrote:
Man ... all the frickin mid-eastern crap on this station. Lay off the hashish, Bill.
 
{#Clap}

 The_Shrike wrote:
This is mediocre for its genre.  Arab artists do it better.
 

That is how I always feel about McKennitt's music.  It's not bad, but it is not great, either, and it certainly is not authentic.


I always enjoy her music.
 reedifus wrote:
Man ... all the frickin mid-eastern crap on this station. Lay off the hashish, Bill.
 
Despite my own critics - I do not wanna be in your team - reedfus!
Get yourself a yogurt. Or a cow, for that (or another) matter....

This is mediocre for its genre.  Arab artists do it better.