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RITA MACNEIL - Rita - Canada - C+W - Folk - Pop LP

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Crazy Love
Anna IOU
I`ll Accept The Rose
You`ve Known Love
Moonlight and Clover
When Love Surrounded You and I

Black Rock
Part Of The Mystery
Why Do I Think Of You Today
The Other One
In The Spirit
We`ll Reach The Sky Together

Completely self-taught, MacNeil first sang publicly in 1971 while living in Toronto. Her initial songs ('Born a Woman,' 'War of Conditioning,' etc) spoke of feminist concerns; her early audiences were women's groups, rallies, and conventions. In 1975 MacNeil made her debut LP, Born a Woman (Boot BOS-7154), and began to appear before folk audiences - eg, at the Mariposa Folk Festival. After living for a time in Ottawa, she returned in 1979 to live in Cape Breton. She performed widely in the Maritimes, where she made an early breakthrough with the mainstream pop audience that embraced her so enthusiastically on a national scale by the mid-1980s. A second LP, Part of the Mystery (Big Pond Records, unnumbered), was issued in 1980, and a third, I Am Not What I Seem (University College of Cape Breton Press UCCBP-1006), in 1982. The latter included her song 'Working Man,' a stirring anthem she wrote in homage to the coal miners of Cape Breton.

Career 1983 to 1989
MacNeil appeared at major Canadian folk festivals in 1983 and 1984, sang at Expo 85 in Osaka, Japan, and, for several weeks, performed at Expo 86. Her fourth LP, Flying on Your Own (Lupins RM-1001), released in 1986, brought MacNeil a Juno Award in 1987 as most promising female singer. The title song and 'Fast Train to Tokyo' were hits in 1987. Reason to Believe (Virgin RM-2001) followed in 1988; a new version of 'Working Man,' recorded with the Men of the Deeps, was popular, as were 'Reason to Believe' and 'Walk on Through.' MacNeil appeared with the Men of the Deeps in 1988 before 10,000 people at the Halifax Metro Centre and again in 1989 on the CBC-TV telecast of the Juno Awards ceremonies.
By 1988 MacNeil was giving two or more concerts in succession at major Canadian concert halls - eg, the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth theatres in Vancouver, and Roy Thomson Hall and the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto. She also performed at Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia, toured in Europe, and in 1989 made her US debut at the Berklee Performance Centre, Boston. Her concerts were typically homey in presentation, broadly based from country to R&B in musical style, and ultimately inspirational in tone, often moving her listeners to tears. Chris Dafoe (Toronto Globe and Mail, 5 Nov 1988) attributed her success to 'a crystal-clear voice that is sweetened by a light Celtic lilt,' and to 'songs that speak eloquently of places and people, of dreams and the simple pleasures of friendship.'

A Christmas album with several of her own songs, Now the Bells Ring (Virgin RM-3001), was issued in 1988, followed in 1989 by Rita (Virgin RM-4001), which included the country hit 'I'll Accept the Rose' and the pop hits 'We'll Reach for the Sky Tonight' and 'Crazy Love.' Sales of each of her albums 1986-90 exceeded 100,000; those of Now the Bells Ring exceeded 200 000.

Rita MacNeil - We'll Reach The Sky Tonight

Great song and great singer.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 06 June, 2011.

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