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Drive the Cold Winter Away
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Metal
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UK reissue of the Irish folk-rock act's 1976 release. Some may call this a Christmas album, with tracks entitled.'Mary Bore A Son To God' and 'That Night In Bethleham'. 2000 release standard jewel case.


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All Artists: Horslips
Title: Drive the Cold Winter Away
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Edsel Records UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/1975
Re-Release Date: 12/12/2000
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740155166526


Album Description
UK reissue of the Irish folk-rock act's 1976 release. Some may call this a Christmas album, with tracks entitled.'Mary Bore A Son To God' and 'That Night In Bethleham'. 2000 release standard jewel case.

CD Reviews

Great Chrismas Album, Superb Horslips album
Oymaprat | Nowhere In Particular | 08/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm going to assume that if you're reading this then you already know the horslips (if not try the tain or the book of invasions first)
This is very much for a fan of the early albums, especially happy to meet... and it's pointless getting it if you don't like that. If you like latter horslips and haven't tried earlier then work your way back is my advise. That roughly covers everything.
Hope I've been usefull to you, Toodle Pipskie (is that how you spell it?)"
Irish & Manx winter celebrations: a detour for the band
John L Murphy | Los Angeles | 07/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The ideal antidote to another Richard Clyderman or Mannheim Steamroller Xmas stocking stuffer. I avoid Christmas albums, but this return to Irish folk roots by a rock band is the only one I have among thousands of recordings. In fact, if you don't look at the liner notes or know Irish--or Manx--you'd not know this is a holiday-themed disc. What you'll hear is not the all-too-familiar same twelve "favorites" that tend to cling to the track selections on countless other Xmas discs. Like their best work, Horslips gives us a thematic album, but unique to their output.

Horslips in their 1970s career veered wildly across folk and rock in their discography. DTCWA follows the same year's farthest departure from the band's folk influence, 1975's "The Unfortunate Cup of Tea" LP; that LP's attempt to broaden into mainstream rock is generally held in lower regard than the band's albums that try to more evenly blend the rock into the folk rather than diluting the latter with the former.
After DTCWA, Horslips returned--perhaps with renewed committment after their folk instincts had been shown here and their pop-rock tendencies on their previous album UCT now tempered a bit--to the folk-rock electricity of their best LP, "The Book of Invasions." Then, as on their previous early 70s course, they drifted back on their last three studio albums in the late 70s towards more mainstream hard-rock away from of a folk anchorage.

Midway in their discography, DTCWA presents a folk album nearly free of electric amplification--Barry Devlin's bass appears on a couple of tracks prominently, otherwise as the witty liner notes tell us, he's credited for grumbling. As might he well, since the other four members take center stage for their instrumental and vocal renditions of carols, planxties, a song from Playford's Dancing Master, and like-minded evocations of the time around Turlough O Carolan and the ebb of the bardic tradition, three hundred-odd years ago.

This is as close, I suppose, as a non-traditional Irish ensemble has gotten to the spirit of these departed times; the songs tend to be more courtly and decorous than raucous or whirling. The band-supervised remaster gives this a live-in-the-studio feel that makes you part of the sessions. My ranking for this is full credit, although I emphasize that this LP cannot be compared fairly with the rest of this band's folk-rock fusion.

Unfortunately, even for the original vinyl's time limitations, it's a brief twelve songs that they skip through quickly. I would have enjoyed--and expected--less brevity, more servings. A minor shortcoming of an otherwise solid CD. I only rank it one star lower since in their recordings it occupies a side shelf rather than center place of pride as with their most powerful LPs. Fitting the dignity of Christmas and the control expected more often than the dissipation indulged in during the holiday season, these primarily restrained musical choices should please folk fans, and those who wondered how Horslips would sound, without the rock influence at all, now have here their answer."
Not for christmas only
J. Talsma | Amsterdam, Netherlands | 07/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While sweating away an usual hot European summer I am listening to this album full of traditional Irish folkmusic, some of which is tens or hundreds years old. Beautifully played, with love and passion, on an array of mainly acoustic instruments (with only the exception here and there on electric bass). Although Horslips was one of the first bands to blend rock and folk in their own manner, towards the end of their carrier they tendend more towards hard driven guitarrock, as ample demonstrated on the "Live" and "Belfast Gigs"-live albums and "Aliens" and "The Man Who Built America"-studio-albums. However, they've proven on more than one occasion to be able to perform solely acoustic songs, which are often outstanding. A 'Big Hurray!' then for one of the most finest Irish bands, who deserved an altogether lot than being dismissed in the mist of time. Even after 30 years this has nothing lost of its greatness. Enjoy! and certainly not only around Christmastime but through the whole year, even in burning hot summers."