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Collection [The Irish Rovers] [CD] [1 disc]
The Irish Rovers
1. Last of the Irish Rover, The
2. Star of the County Down, The
3. Orange and the Green
4. My Boy Willie
5. Donald Where's Your Trousers?
6. Tied Up With a Black Velvet Band
7. Turra Market
8. Lovely Isle of Innisfree, The
9. Lily the Pink
10. Whiskey on a Sunday (The Puppet Song)
11. The Jigs: Sweet Biddy Daly/Tatter Jack Walsh/The Rakes of Kildare/The ...: Sweet Biddy Day / Tatter Jack Walsh / The Rakes Of Kildare / The Rambling Pitchfork
12. Gypsy Rover, The
13. Good Luck to the Barleymow
14. Unicorn, The
15. Muirsheen Durkin
16. Caltan Weaver, The
17. Rolling Home to Ireland
18. Wasn't That a Party?
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066377
The Irish Rovers: Wallace Hood (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, Irish bouzouki, 10 string cittern); John Reynold (vocals, guitar, whistle, bass); Greorge Millar (vocals, 6 & 12-string guitars); Sean O'Driscoll (banjo, mandolin); Joe Millar (vocals, whistle, button key accordion, bass); Jim Ferguson (vocals); Eilcil McDowell (accordion, keyboards).
Additional personnel: Patrick Davey (Uillean pipes); Michael Creber (piano); Rod Mitchell, Rae Croll (side drums)
Producer: George Millar.
Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, George Millar.
Includes liner notes by Joe Laredo.
Adapters: Wilcil McDowell; George Millar; Joe Millar; The Scaffold.
Personnel: Joe Millar (vocals, whistling); George Millar (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar); Jim Ferguson (vocals); Wilcil McDowell (accordion, keyboards); Michael Creber (piano); Rodger Mitchell (drums).
Audio Mixers: George Millar; Rick Salt.
Liner Note Author: Joseph F. Laredo.
Arrangers: Wilcil McDowell; George Millar; Joe Millar; The Scaffold.
There's an eight-page booklet of liner notes in this anthology, but nowhere in the notes or on the case does it say precisely when these 18 tracks were recorded. That's never a good sign when you're deciding which one or two anthologies of an artist's work to start with. It does emerge in passing in the liners that these are "new recordings of their classic favorites" made after the Irish Rovers formed their own Rover Records label in the late 1980s. The original versions would be preferable to these, though it's still competent and well-recorded, if predictable and relatively slick, traditional Irish music, usually with a rousing bent. It's not strictly traditional, of course; there's a re-recording of Shel Silverstein's "The Unicorn" (which they took to the Top Ten in 1968), a cover of the Scaffold's arrangement of "Lily the Pink," and Tom Paxton's "Wasn't That a Party?" (which has a very slight pop/rock feel with the slide guitar and less avowedly Irish rhythm). ~ Richie Unterberger
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