A DEFINING MOMENT IN THE ARTIST’S CAREER
A DELUXE, LIMITED EDITION OF FOUR CDS, AUDIO BLU-RAY AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET FILLED WITH MEMORIES RELIVED
The Juno Award-winning album that propelled Loreena McKennitt onto the international stage 30 years ago is set to be released on September 24 as The Visit: The Definitive Edition; pre-order HERE. The original album, recorded in 1991, has since sold more than two million copies across more than 40 countries and is viewed as a defining, page-turning moment in the Canadian artist’s career.
“Thirty years seems like a long time, no matter how you measure it,” says McKennitt. “Looking back as through a picture frame, one can better see what that period was in its context. I’ve heard from so many people how this recording became a kind of soundtrack for their lives around the time it was released in the early 1990s.”
The Visit: The Definitive Edition is available in two formats. There is a deluxe limited-edition, hardback book format containing four CDs and one audio Blu-ray disc, a 32-page illustrated booklet and hours of previously unreleased content including the first-ever surround sound mixes of McKennitt’s music. Additionally, there is a 15-track highlights edition available exclusively from streaming and download services, featuring the original album and six classic songs from The Visit performed live in concert and on the radio.
The deluxe, limited-edition package includes acclaimed highlights of McKennitt’s concert performances, such as “Bonny Portmore,” “The Lady of Shalott,” “The Old Ways,” “Greensleeves,” and “Tango to Evora,” which has been covered and performed by many other international artists. The booklet features four essays written by McKennitt, a personal reminiscence of her unconventional rise to fame by former Warner Music Canada executive Dave Tollington and period archival photos that have never before been published.
In the fall of 2019, McKennitt put her career on hold to place more time and attention on civic matters and climate change, while also advocating for stronger legislation to protect artists’ rights and encouraging people to buy their music directly from the artist whenever possible.