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The Tain

  • 1. Setanta
    2. Maeve's Court
    3. Charolias
    4. March, The
    5. You Can't Fool the Beast
    6. Dearg Doom
    7. Ferdia's Song
    8. Gae Bolga
    9. Cu Chulainn's Lament
    10. Faster Than the Hound
    11. Silver Spear, The
    12. More Than You Can Chew
    13. Morrigan's Dream, The
    14. Time to Kill!
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7039

  • Credits

    Horslips: John Fean (vocals, guitar, banjo); Charles O'Connor (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, concertina); Jim Lockhart (vocals, whistle, Uilleann pipe, keyboards); Barry Devlin (vocals, bass instrument); Eamon Carr (drums, bodhran, percussion).
    The most ambitious and successful of their early albums, Horslips' most progressive creation, and maybe the most successful rock concept album ever done. The Tain is rock put into the service of epic storytelling (or is it the other way around?), based on the Irish saga Tain Bo Cuailgne ("The Cattle Raid of Cooley"), part of the Ulster Cycle of Heroic Tales. It tells of war and carnage brought about over the possession of a white bull, inspired by events estimated to have taken place around 500 B.C. This is a long way from Chuck Berry or Little Richard, but it does rock hard, and unlike a lot of progressive rock, The Tain displays considerable tension and momentum. Some listeners will detect modest similarities to Jethro Tull's work (especially on "Charolais"), but there's a lot less meandering here than there is on any Tull album, the flute playing is better, and the material moves forward in a fairly nimble fashion. It would be easy to praise John Fean's guitar, but Jim Lockhart's flute is just as impressive, Charles O'Connor's violin playing is gorgeous, and Eamonn Carr's drumming is dazzling. And the vocals are quite good too, sweet but earthy and honest, and not self-consciously profound -- these boys had ambition, but they weren't full of themselves or too given to pretensions. (Irish import) ~ Bruce Eder

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Flute and pipes give a balance to the sparser guitar work on a selection of songs, some of which are underpinned by older Irish music."
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