'The Very Best of Enya' is Enya's second best of compilation after 'Paint the Sky with Stars' released in 1997. The original release date was set to 16 November 2009 but later postponed by a week.
There are three distinct versions: cd with 18 tracks, limited cd/dvd with 22 tracks, 13 music videos and 2 documentaries, and collector's box-set including the cd/dvd, special booklet and Orinoco Flow picture vinyl.
The cover for the new release was first published by Roma Ryan on Enya's official forum Unity. Later, a new modified version appeared on Amazon.
The album booklet contains many great photos and notes. The content depends on the edition you get:
Lettering for the album was done by a British lettering artist and illustrator Ruth Rowland.
Ruth Rowland: "I was thrilled when asked to work on the booklet for The Very Best of Enya album, a wonderful retrospective of her musical career spanning 20 years released this Christmas by Warner Records. The commission involved hand lettering key lyrics for the CD which were then dropped over these sumptuous photographs by Simon Fowler. A very collectible Limited Edition Box Set of deluxe CD/DVD and 12" vinyl picture disc has also been released in which all the lyrics are hand lettered. Her original logo has been retained and my hand lettering used as a visual link throughout the inside of the booklet."
Orinoco Flow * Aniron (previously unreleased version) Storms in Africa * Caribbean Blue * Book of Days * The Celts * Only Time Wild Child Water Shows The Hidden Heart Anywhere Is * Cursum Perficio * Amarantine Aldebaran * Trains and Winter Rains Watermark * Boadicea * A Day Without Rain May It Be Total running time 64:43 * newly remastered tracks
Japanese bonus tracks: To Go Beyond (Part II), Only If..., Dreams Are More Precious USA bonus track: Oíche Chiúin (chorale)
CD Tracklisting Trains and Winter Rains My! My! Time Flies! Stars and Midnight Blue Amarantine Sumiregusa The River Sings If I Could Be Where You Are Wild Child Only Time Drifting Flora's Secret Fallen Embers One By One Pax Deorum * Athair ar Neamh * Anywhere Is * Orinoco Flow * Watermark * Boadicea * May It Be Caribbean Blue * Aniron (previously unreleased version) * newly remastered tracks DVD Tracklisting Orinoco Flow Caribbean Blue Only Time The Celts Amarantine Trains And Winter Rains Evening Falls Anywhere Is It's In The Rain Wild Child Only If Storms In Africa On My Way Home Enya - A Life In Music Caribbean Blue - The Making Of The Video Only Time - The Making Of The Video
A wonderful item containg the cd+dvd discs together with a 12" Orinoco Flow picture vinyl and a 24 page 12" hard-back book. There are two different pressings as the book pages in the first pressing were not attached properly.
All vocals by Enya
Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
Engineered by Nicky Ryan
Digital Technical Advisor: Daniel Polley
Master cut by Beetham of 360° Mastering, London
Art Direction and Design by Peacock
Photography by Simon Fowler, David Scheinmann, Russel Young and Max Adelman
Lettering by Ruth Rowland
Published By EMI Music Publishing Ltd.