Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Superb performing, good materials, flawed reproduction...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 06/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tommy Makem's work on these songs, recorded between 1955 and 1961, is wonderful, of course. The selections are among the best of the Irish folk song piece of the US folk revival pie. Unfortunately, two or three of these tracks are reproduced here at a volume level much softer than all the other songs. That is annoying, but not fatal. These are performances put on the "Tradition Label" in the late '50's and early '60's, some recorded in kitchens in both Ireland and New York City. If you like Tommy's work with the Clancy Brothers, you should have these solos in your collection also. Two of the songs are taken from an in-print Tradition LP, "The Lark in the Morning" and many of the others were done over and over in various configurations of "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem" or "Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem" or "The Clancy Brothers" (without Tommy) so the material is not new to any fan. It is interesting, however, how well Tommy, who died earlier this year, holds his own as a solo act. He was a vital part of the Clancy Brothers initial success, and when they record without him later in their careers, he is missed, despite how good the brothers are themselves."
Great Early Makem!
music lover | 10/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Cd is the first solo CD recorded by Tommy Makem in 1961. At the time, he was singing with The Clancy Brothers, and together they would go on to be the most popular Irish folk group of all time. This appeared on the Tradition label which was founded by Paddy Clancy in the mid '50's. It is said that Tommy only got $30 for recording this!! The music is a fantastic mix of all the traditional music that Tommy grew up with. Some highlights include "The Little Beggarman", "Butcher Boy", "Blow Ye Winds", "As I Roved Out", and "Bold O'Donahue". There isn't a bad song on this CD, and the sound restoration is FANTASTIC!! A must have for your next St. Patrick's Day party."