For those of you who are vinyl fans, we are happy to let you know that Loreena will be marking the 25th anniversary of her award-winning record, The Visit, with a limited-edition vinyl release on June 24th.
The critically-acclaimed recording from 1991 won a Juno Award for Best Traditional/Roots Album. The numbered 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl record will be released under McKennitt’s own label, Quinlan Road, and include a free digital download code. The release is available for pre-order now.
The vinyl release was re-mastered by Jeff Wolpert, the award-winning Canadian sound engineer who recorded the original album at Inception Studios in Toronto. It was pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands.
“I have very fond memories of working on this recording during the spring of 1991, not long after learning about the Celts’ vast Pan-European history while I was attending an exhibition in Venice,” recalls McKennitt. “I also remember the lovely photo shoot in Portugal we did for the album while staying at a 16th century hunting lodge. This was at a time when retail was still intact and operating on a personal basis – and when individual retailers played such a significant role in the recording’s sales success.”
The Visit, which features such fan favourites as “The Lady of Shallott, “The Old Ways” and “Tango to Evora,” essentially launched McKennitt onto the world stage in 1991. At the time, it was distributed by Warner Music and its international affiliates and since then has sold over 1.5 million copies globally.
The Visit has gone Platinum five times in Canada (more than 400,000 sold), achieved Gold in the U.S. (over 500,000 sold) and seen extensive retail success across Europe.
So far, eight albums from her catalogue have been released as numbered, limited-edition vinyl records.
“Because vinyl is experiencing such a resurgence now and I’m celebrating 30 years in this business of touring and recording, I felt it was the right time to honour these albums in a format that is both rich and beautiful,” says McKennitt.