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The Book of Secrets

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]

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]

Contents

Track listingEdit

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 informationEdit

  • 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 "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
  • "Night Ride Across the Caucasus" was featured in the 1998 film Soldier.
  • "Dante's Prayer" is a reference to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

Chart performanceEdit

PersonnelEdit

This information is directly from the sleeve notes.

ProductionEdit

  • 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)

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[21] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[22] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[25] Gold 30,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 1,867,000[27]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ g, manos (May 21, 2014). "Review: CD Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets Album". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Book of Secrets - Loreena McKennitt". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  4. ^ "The Mummers' Dance - Loreena McKennitt". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  6. ^ http://www.universalmusic.es/es_ES/524/loreena-mckennitt/biografia
  7. ^ CD liner notes
  8. ^ "australian-charts.com - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
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  13. ^ "lescharts.com - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  14. ^ "Musicline.de - Chartverfolgung - MCKENNITT,LOREENA - THE BOOK OF SECRETS". www.musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  15. ^ "charts.org.nz - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  16. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  17. ^ "Promusicae". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  18. ^ "hitparade.ch - Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Loreena M – The mask and mirror". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Loreena M – The book of secrets" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Loreena M; 'The mask and mirror')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  25. ^ "Greek album certifications – Loreena M – The mask and mirror" (in Greek). IFPI Greece.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Loreena Mc Kennitt – Book of Secrets". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  27. ^ "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2018.