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  • Traveling On

    Rita MacNeil

    Traveling On

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    Rita MacNeil

    Traveling On

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    This compilation of Rita's most beloved songs includes many of her cherished songs. From Born a Woman to Saving Grace, Rita's son and long time manager, Wade, carefully selected, with the assistance of her many fans, and people she worked with, songs from every album she released.

     

     

     

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  • Saving Grace

    Rita MacNeil

    Saving Grace

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    Rita MacNeil

    Saving Grace

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    Rita's last album released prior to her passing. Saving Grace, is the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter's 24th release with all original material. Backed by a young group of musicians. Produced by long-time touring guitarist Chris Corrigan, except the last track, which was produced by Douglas September. Saving Grace paints an intimate portrait of one person's journey through life.

    "Over the last number of years I have found myself living a reality of certain difficulties that have caused me many changes in my life as well as the way I see things now. Some of us experience these things as part of life and we move on in spite of it all. I feel this album has my journey in it and maybe yours as well.” - Rita MacNeil

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  • Rita MacNeil & Frank Mills: The Spirit of Christmas

    Rita MacNeil

    Rita MacNeil & Frank Mills: The Spirit of Christmas

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    With 2010 marking the 30th anniversary of Frank Mill's phenomenally successful single 'Music Box Dancer', Rita approached Frank with the idea of a seasonal tour and album, and Frank, happily in semi-retirement, was surprised by the call but after careful consideration decided to take to the stage and studio one more time! 'The Spirit Of Christmas' brings together four brand new Rita & Frank recordings, and also presents 8 of each of these Canadian legends biggest and best known seasonal favourites, giving friends and fans the definitive seasonal release, that will surely become a perennial favourite for years to come!

    Here on one CD, Rita MacNeil and Frank Mills truly capture the musical essence of the season, ‘The Spirit of Christmas’.  Enjoy – even beyond the Christmas presents!


     

     

     

     

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  • Pocket Full of Dreams

    Rita MacNeil

    Pocket Full of Dreams

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    Rita MacNeil

    Pocket Full of Dreams

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    It’s charming, it’s whimsical – fanciful and sentimental – it is Rita’s own labour of love – her only children’s album, Pocket Full of Dreams.
     
    With three of the tracks dating back to the late 70’s, and the majority written in 1999, 12 of the 15 tracks sat untouched and roughly demoed until this year. Now brought to life, this very unique offering has something for the whole family.
     
    Rita seamlessly segues between the happy and bouncy lyrics of “Billy Goat Loose in My Soup”, “Cardboard Box” and “Ducky Boots”, to the very hip, catchy and child friendly rap styled “Halloween”. There’s the swinging jive of “Several Cats”, the soft lullaby “One by One”, the Celtic flavoured “Rain” featuring bagpipes by Rita’s nephew and the award winning singer’s signature styled lament, “Pocket Full of Dreams”.
     
    Cleverly interspersed on a number of tracks are melody lines from classic children’s songs and bringing it all together are the delicate and endearing voices of the Children’s Choir from Sydney River Elementary School. 
     
    There are three covers on the 15 track CD – Eileen Burton’s #1 hit “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake”, “Land of a Thousand Dances” written by R&B artist Chris Kenner, but made famous by Wilson Picket in 1966, and Roger Miller’s 1967 hit, “Walking in the Sunshine”.
     
    All told it is a truly delightful collection of songs for a child, a parent or a grandparent. As a mother and now a grandmother, Rita MacNeil’s “Pocket Full of Dreams” is a treasure chest of songs that has finally been opened and shared. The production is brilliant, the instrumentation playful and Rita’s warm delivery in keeping with the sound that has endeared her to countless over the course of her 33 year-plus career.
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  • Songs My Mother Loved

    Rita MacNeil

    Songs My Mother Loved

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    Rita MacNeil

    Songs My Mother Loved

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     "While growing up in Cape Breton, my mother was a great encouragement when it came to my singing. Both mom and dad had favourite songs that they really enjoyed and many times after school they would ask me to sing these songs.  Being shy I was often reluctant, but with a little coaxing I would oblige. I had to sing out of their view, so the hallway was a good place to go where I didn’t feel so scared.

     
    This CD is a collection of some of those songs and while recording it, I had lots of flashbacks. My father particularly liked "A Rusty Old Halo" and it always brought a smile to his face. My mother’s tastes were very eclectic. The first time she heard "From a Jack to a King" on the radio, she waited for me to come home from school and together we listened until they finally played it again - oh my, her eyes were dancing.
     
    Mom died of cancer in 1972 and when she was in hospital, I sang her the "Green Green Grass of Home", one of her favourites. Dad died years later, but memories of them both I relived again while recording this CD.
     
    Music has been a big part of my life and they were the inspiration. I hope when you listen to this CD, my friends some fond memories will return hearing these great old tunes once again."  - Rita MacNeil
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  • Reason To Believe: Songs of Inspiration

    Rita MacNeil

    Reason To Believe: Songs of Inspiration

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    Rita's Tea Room Collections:

    A remastered compilation of songs from Rita's catalogue in the theme of 'Inspiration'.



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  • Higher Power: Songs of Praise

    Rita MacNeil

    Higher Power: Songs of Praise

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    Rita MacNeil

    Higher Power: Songs of Praise

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    Rita's Tea Room Collections:

    A remastered compilation of songs from Rita's catalogue in the theme of 'Praise'.



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  • Home I'll Be: Songs of Home

    Rita MacNeil

    Home I'll Be: Songs of Home

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    Rita MacNeil

    Home I'll Be: Songs of Home

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    Rita's Tea Room Collections:

    A remastered compilation of songs from Rita's catalogue in the theme of 'Home'.



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  • Sweet Memory: Songs of Reminiscence

    Rita MacNeil

    Sweet Memory: Songs of Reminiscence

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    Rita's Tea Room Collections:

    A remastered compilation of songs from Rita's catalogue in the theme of 'Reminiscence'.



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  • Shining Strong: A Country Collection

    Rita MacNeil

    Shining Strong: A Country Collection

    $9.95

    Rita's Tea Room Collections:

    A remastered compilation of songs from Rita's catalogue in the theme of 'Country'.



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  • Blue Roses

    Rita MacNeil

    Blue Roses

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    Rita MacNeil

    Blue Roses

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    Written as she entered her 60th year, Blue Roses, was her 20th release and perhaps her most complete body of work to date.

    Blue Roses offers an honest and forthright collection of songs penned from experience. The gentle piano based ‘Floating’ takes us to summers spent on the porch of her beloved home in Cape Breton sharing the heady feelings of first love while ‘Time and Again’ reminds us that dreams really do come true. There’s the New Orleans blue’s style intro of ‘Memphis’, lamenting the hopelessness of lost love; two songs ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Knowing When to Go’- that were written in the late 80’s at the beginning of Rita’s career, and the country tinged title track, and the finality of goodbyes - Blue Roses is a diverse journey through life.
     
    Music is timeless and ageless,” noted the legendary singer, ‘the passion I feel for what I do can’t be put aside with a number and a year. It is a big part of my life – the concerts, the touring, the letters and the joy the audience gives back to me when the music touches a chord with them.”
     
    In many ways it was this realization that brought about ‘Please Believe Me’, a signature song on the album. Life is full of second chances and when you finally find your purpose there is a wonderful peace that envelops you and stays with you through the inevitable ups and downs.
     
    Blue Roses was recorded off the studio floor with Rita’s road family, making it a unique and very intimate experience. It’s the turn of a phrase, the warmth of a melody and the heartfelt passion in the voice. Blue Roses marks a personal and professional milestone– it’s a celebration of love, life and experience.


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  • The Ultimate Collection

    Rita MacNeil

    The Ultimate Collection

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    Rita MacNeil

    The Ultimate Collection

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    Themed collections and popular favorites released in 2003. The Ultimate Rita MacNeil Collection is a 3-CD box set containing over 40 songs featuring the following recordings:

    MINING THE SOUL: Rita MacNeil with The Men of The Deeps
    A NIGHT AT THE ORPHEUM (Live with The Vancouver Symphony)
    COMMON DREAM (inspirational release)
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  • Common Dream

    Rita MacNeil

    Common Dream

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    Common Dream

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    With the release of her 18th album, COMMON DREAM, Rita MacNeil turns a spiritual corner. It’s an eclectic blend of Gospel that sways from the simple acoustic opening of the title cut to the reverent country and bluegrass strains of ‘Peace In The Valley’ and then onto the celebratory sounds of revival in ‘Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody’ (a song which was also sung recently by MacNeil as a duet with the legendary Patti LaBelle).
     
    “It’s not about religion” notes Rita, “it’s about the common dream people have of love, joy and peace. I think most people believe in a greater power. In times of sadness and celebration we search for meaning and understanding and for me, that comfort is found through music.”
     
    Indeed the album speaks to the two extremes of human emotion. ‘Take Comfort’ speaks of the fragility of the world following September 11th while ‘When We Overcome’ speaks of the healing that now needs to take place:
     
    “It’s hard to imagine a world where there’s peace
    And gentle persuasions can settle our deeds
    We live in the promise when that day will come
    Sweet rejoicing when we live as one”
     
    Those who have seen Rita in concert will be familiar with favorites ‘Higher Power’ and from her recent recording, MINING THE SOUL, the Ben Harper spiritual ‘I Shall Not Walk Alone’.
     
    Featuring 11 songs penned by MacNeil herself, COMMON DREAM resonates passionately with a voice that holds you in sorrow and celebrates with you in joy. Joining Rita on several of the tracks is the amazing Dutch Robinson. A former lead singer of the Ohio Players, Dutch has performed on stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, and the great B.B. King. 
     
    Rounding out the ‘choir’ of voices are Yvonne ‘Muzzy’ Marshall (one of the most powerful performers on the East Coast), the renowned harmonies of Lucy and Stewart MacNeil of The Barra MacNeil’s, and Jamie Foulds. Also featured on most of the tracks is Rita’s current touring band – Kim Dunn, Bruce Dixon, Geoff Arsenault, Chris Corrigan, and Ray Legere lending his bluegrass touch with fiddle and mandolin. Doug Riley guests on piano for the jubilant ‘ You Never Know’ and Ed Woodsworth performs acoustic bass on select numbers.
     
    The result is a unique 15-track collection weaving threads of faith, comfort and the spiritual in a way that, as Rita describes, ‘speaks to the soul’. It’s a celebration, a walk with faith, and above all else, a COMMON DREAM from an extraordinary artist.
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  • Late December

    Rita MacNeil

    Late December

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    Late December

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    With the release of Late December Rita MacNeil brings back the warmth and innocence of the Christmas season.
    The recording is a departure for the award-winning artist who chose to go with a more natural, organic sound. The majority of the album was in fact put to tape in Rita’s living room! Musicians and background singers gathered in the heat of summer, recording what is essentially a live album. The result is a CD featuring 9 original and one classic song that expertly capture the sentiments and tradition of Rita’s favourite time of the year.
    Writing new Christmas classics can be a daunting task but for the Cape Breton songstress it was a labour of love. Surrounded by her youthful memories it was easy to recall the emotions that define the season. From the country tinged title track of missing loved ones who have come and gone to the bells that ring on Christmas morning in “As Seasons Come” Late December is a charming collection of personal reflections.
    “For Mary, For Joseph” is a lovely ballad that evokes the beauty of winter with the snow laden evergreen branches, nights that linger forever and candles that burn brightly in frosted windows.
    “All Around the World Tonight” reminds us that our wish for peace, hope and a safe place to raise our children is a sentiment shared by families ‘around the world’. In “Making Merry”, Rita picks up the musical style reminiscent of the 50’s while in “Especially for Christmas” she laments that families can’t always be together over the holidays. The rhythmic sound of “Hope Deliverer” segues beautifully into the gentle lilt of “Ring The Bells”.
    “Late December” brings the internationally renowned songwriter’s generosity, warmth and inspiration for the season to life. The Christmas spirit is alive on every track ….a treasured memory for years to come.

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  • Mining the Soul

    Rita MacNeil

    Mining the Soul

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    Mining the Soul

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    From Cape Breton Island comes the magic of two internationally acclaimed performers; multi-award winning singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil and The Men of the Deeps, North America’s only coal miners’ chorus for a heart-felt performance of MINING THE SOUL. Far beneath the surface of the earth, some say, the heart and soul of Cape Breton beats. A Tumultuous industry has given character to this part of the country, character that is reflected in its people and their music. The island speaks of working class values, strong friendships, unfailing courage and unwavering faith. These emotions have found their voice in MINING THE SOUL.
     
    The choir, worked with her in 1989 on the song  Working Man. MacNeil caught a glimpse of what life underground was like when, just for fun, she toured the Princess mine. “I was thinking it would be a fun thing to do – duh.” Going down the mine shaft did something to her. It was as if the spirit of the workers spoke to her through the pitch blackness. The song Working Man came to her, practically writing itself she says. Indeed, Working Man is one of MacNeils’ most acclaimed recordings, and paved the way for the future appearances with The Men.“When I wrote the song, I was not thinking of The Men of The Deeps at that time – I was thinking of the experience I was having down underground. But someone had suggested ‘If you get a chance in some concert, you and The Men of The Deeps should do this song together.’ And that happened, and it sort of clicked, and they were on the Junos doing that song…
     
    They recorded the album in 2000, to that brings the pride, strength and resilience to life. The project was recorded entirely in Cape Breton over a one-week period; all band tracks were recorded in a studio in Irish Cove, while vocals were recorded on the stage of the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay. Guest musicians include Lucy and Stewart MacNeil of The Barra MacNeils, and multi-instrumentalist virtuoso J.P. Cormier. Along with the popular MacNeil anthems Home I’ll Be and Working Man – featuring Men of The Deeps soloist ‘Nipper’ MacLeod – MINING THE SOUL includes Leon Dubinsky’s now classic We Rise Again, and the poignant Emigrants Eyes (Stannah and Clark) – a tribute to the emigrants everywhere who came to this country looking for a better life. The song recounts the humble beginnings of many of our ancestors and the priceless gift they gave the generations to come. In contrast is the upbeat whimsy of the Lee Dorsey cover, Working In A Coal Mine and Plain Ole
     
    Miner Boy, with Rita trading-off vocals with the choir member ‘Yogi’ Muise. The album also delves into the spiritual, with MacNeil’s Sweet Jesus, and the closing track, Ben Harper’s I Shall Not Walk Alone; a song of faith and inspiration that pairs Rita with fellow Maritimer Kim Dunn for this haunting ballad. For MacNeil, this is a career milestone. She has long wanted to record an album and go on tour with The Men of The Deeps. Now she is doing exactly that, MacNeil is pleased to announce that the collaboration “clicks, primarily through mutual respect.”
     
    I’m just learning the total history of The Men of The Deeps. They’ve been together now, with members coming and going, for 35 or more years. And their dedication to what they do – the music – is an inspiration to anybody in the business. They love it, and they take it very seriously. A lot of them rest retired. It is amazing – quite unique.
     
    MINING THE SOUL is an emotionally uplifting marriage of two of Canada’s most unique and distinctive artists, a celebration of home, heritage and song – a celebration of all.


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  • A Night At The Orpheum

    Rita MacNeil

    A Night At The Orpheum

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    A Night At The Orpheum

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    A live recording featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Kokopelli Youth Choir, recorded in 1999.  Contains all of Rita's most popular songs, along with some highlights read from her autobiography 'On a Personal Note'. A beautiful compilation for the collection.
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  • Full Circle

    Rita MacNeil

    Full Circle

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    Full Circle

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    Full Circle, released in conjunction with Rita's autobiography 'On A Personal Note', is a compilation of Rita's music through the years. Features several live performances, recorded from the CBC TV show 'Rita & Friends'.

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  • Music of a Thousand Nights

    Rita MacNeil

    Music of a Thousand Nights

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    Rita MacNeil

    Music of a Thousand Nights

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    This CD, released in 1997, includes guests Matt Minglewood ('No Matter What We Say') and Raylene Rankin ('This I Surely Know'), and a Celtic re-working of 'Snowbird'.

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  • Joyful Sounds: A Seasonal Collection

    Rita MacNeil

    Joyful Sounds: A Seasonal Collection

    $9.95

    This CD is actually Rita's first two Christmas recordings, 'Now The Bells Ring' (1988) and 'Once Upon A Christmas' (1993) combined and remastered, with the added bonus of two additional tracks ('The Carollers' and 'Joyful Sounds').  One of her most popular releases.

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  • Porch Songs

    Rita MacNeil

    Porch Songs

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    Rita MacNeil

    Porch Songs

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    Released in 1995, Rita once again delivers beautiful melodies, that go straight to the heart; songs are evocative as Rita's voice lingers with moving resonance.
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