CD Iraq [Digipak] (CD 1167592),
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Iraq [Digipak]

  • 1. Stars and Stripes
    2. Downtown Baghdad Blues
    3. Sadr City
    4. Sunrise on Brooklyn
    5. No Better Friend
    6. Ballad of Cindy Sheehan
    7. Last One to Die, The
    8. Fighting 69th, The (On the Road to the Airport)
    9. Battle of Fallujah
    10. Ramadi
    11. Southside Chicago Waltz
    12. Whatever....
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): UFO-UFO 1013

  • Credits
    ProducerLarry Kirwan; Don Fury

    Black 47: Larry Kirwan (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion); Geoffrey Blythe (vocals, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Fred Parcells (vocals, trombone); Joseph "Bearclaw" Burcaw (vocals, bass guitar); Mike Fazio (guitar); Joseph Mulvanerty (flute, Uilleann pipe); Thomas Hamlin (drums).
    Personnel: Geoffrey Blythe (saxophone).
    Additional personnel: William Bitters (sound effects).
    IRAQ, Black 47's tenth studio record, works simultaneously as an extraordinarily nuanced protest record and a loving band communiqu with their working-class fanbase. Inspired by letters and e-mails exchanged with fans who served in the second war in Iraq, the album raises neck hairs with a very honest reflection on the realities of modern war as experienced by those on the ground. The music--the Irish expat quintet's usual panoply of traditional Celtic, punk, ska, and pub rock--largely gets out of the way of the gripping narratives. CNN, take note: this band can report from the front as well as anyone.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.58) - "[A]n unashamedly topical wallop of early-Seventies Jersey-bar E Street Band and the COMBAT ROCK-era Clash, laced with the mourning siren of Uilleann pipes. The album is as blunt in its frontline detail as it is in title."
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