Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem|
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Wonderful Irish Music
shancarrick | 09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up listening to Irish music and this album in particular -- we have had it so long that we first owned it on record. It is one of my favorites of all time. It contains gentle ballads, anti-war protests, feel good "I love life" songs."
shancarrick | 02/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This quality CD combines American, Irish, traditional, contemporary, studio, and live cuts. This thoroughly enjoyable set just might define the term "hootenany" to those too young to have experienced the 50's & 60's. A unique CD worth every penny."
Jim O'Brien | Franklin, PA | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music is a collection of heart-felt songs. There is joy and sadness, delight and despair ... the entire range of feelings ... but mostly there is ... fun ... when listening to "The Makem & Clancy Collection".
These numbers are not just a lot of slick productions ... with their impersonal lyrics and assembly-line melodies. They are (to me) music at its most down-to-earth and its most enjoyable.
"A Place in the Choir" starts things off, and we're led to believe that ... what is to follow will be a standard, harmless series of Irish ballads ... but, the very next song ... "The Cobbler" let's us in on the truth ... and we are taken into the heart of the Makem/Clancy appeal ... the deeply held opinions and feelings of men who care about people.
"The Dutchman" is a beautiful and touching ballad about a simple man and his loving wife. "Willie McBride" is an anti-war statement ... and an effective one. "Morning Glory" is a rousing song with a funny twist. "Ballad of St. Anne's Reel" is a nice song about a traveller. "Gentle Annie" is a heart-felt tribute to, well, Annie. "Rambles of Spring" is an appropriately fun and rollicking song to end the CD (tape) with ... but the gem of the collection is "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda". It sort-of has to catch a hold of you (before you will think it's special), but once it does, you are very much taken by the story and they effective way it is sung.
Some of these songs were recorded live ... the CD is a nice mixture of live and studio recorded music ... and the audience clearly has a deep affection for these boys ... as is easy to understand.
But this CD would make a nice gift ... here is some real music ... as perhaps music was intended to be played.