By definition, any compilation is going to be a mixed bag and there are always going to be some tracks that you like more than others. However, I have found more to listen to on these albums than any other compilation that I have bought. One of the reasons is because there is greater variety here than on most others. It has also caused me to appreciate artists that I had not come across before such as Sinead Lohan, and to go out and buy more music by that artist.
This is a varied album that's for true but at least in that way you are bound to find something you like. The recording quality is excellent and all are original artists so that's good (since some Irish CDs are poorly recorded). There is a mix of very old to quite recent so you can see they have tried to make it varied but its only 2 CDs so a third cd would have been nice for an album with such a grand title. Track listing is below:
Disc 1 Theme From Harry's Game (Clannad) Riverdance (John Anderson Concert Orchestra) The Island (Dolores Keane) Rock 'N' Roll Kids (Charlie McGettigan) (Paul Harrington) Maggie (Foster & Allen) Summerfly (Maura O'Connell) She Moved Through The Fair (Feargal Sharkey) Song For Island (De Danann) (Mary Black) When You Were Sweet Sixteen (The Fureys And Davey Arthur) Hold Me Now (Johnny Logan) Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love (Daniel O'Donnell) All Kinds Of Everything (Dana) What's Another Year (Johnny Logan) In Your Eyes (Niamh Kavanagh) The Voice (Eimear Quinn) Through The Eyes Of An Irishman (Dominic Kirwan) Bunch Of Thyme (Foster & Allen) Danny Boy (Daniel O'Donnell) Galway Bay (Josef Locke) Hear My Song Violetta (Josef Locke)
Disc 2 Whiskey In The Jar (Thin Lizzy) The Irish Rover (The Pogues & The Dubliners) Seven Drunken Nights (The Dubliners) Blackbird (Sharon Shannon) Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) A Good Heart (Feargal Sharkey) Against The Wind (Maire Brennan) A Place Among The Stones (Davy Spillane) The Homes Of Donegal (Paul Brady) Ride On (Christy Moore) Carrickfergus (Brian Kennedy) Thank You For Hearing Me (Sinead O'Connor) Manannan/Tir Tairngiri (Maire Bhreatnach) Dark Haired Lass/Biddy From Muckross/Sean Maguire's (Altan) Never Mind The Stangers (The Saw Doctors) Black Velvet Band (The Dubliners) The Laziest Gal In Town (Mary Coughlan) Bee In The Bottle (Sinead Lohan)Read more ›
Definitely a mixed bag of Irish music on this Cd, from Traditional singers and songs like, Foster and Alan with Maggie and Bunch of Thyme, Daniel O'Donnell with Danny Boy and What Happened to old Fashioned Love, The Dubliners with Seven Drunken Nights and Black Velvet Band, they also perform with The Pogues on The Irish Rover. Also Josef Locke with Hear my Song Violetta and Galway Bay, and Niamh Kavanagh with In Your Eyes, Christy Moore with Rides On, Sharon Shannon with Blackbird, The Fureys and Davey Arthur with When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Maura O'Connell with Summerfly, Paul Brady with The Homes of Donegal, Altan with Dark Haired Lass/Biddy from Muckross/ Sean Maguire's Reels, Maire Breatnach with Manannan/ Tir Tairngri, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan with Rock 'n' Roll Kids, Dominic Kirwan Through the Eyes of an Irishman, to more pop music with the likes of Feargal Sharkey with A Good Heart and She Moved Through the Fair, Sinead Lohan with Bee in the Bottle, Dolores Keane and The Island, De Danann and Mary Black with Song for Ireland, Van Morrison with Brown Eyed Girl, The Saw Doctors with Never Mind the Strangers, Mary Coughlan with The Laziest Gal in Town, Thin Lizzy with everyones favourite song- Whiskey in the Jar, to more haunting soul touching music from Clannad with the Theme from Harry's Game, Maire Brennan on her own with Against the Wind, Sinead O'Connor with Thanks You for Hearing Me, Davy Spillane with A Place Among the Stones, Brian Kennedy with Carrickfergus to 4 of the greatest Eurovision songs, Johnny Logan with both of his winning songs What's Another Year and Hold Me Now, one of my earliest memories of the song contest thewonderful Dana singing All Kinds of Everything, to the ethereal sound of Eimear Quinn with The Voice, and the great craze that became Riverdance I believe first came from an interval act at the Eurovision song contest in Dublin, we have John Anderson Concert Orchestra with Riverdance. Certainly a good combination of old and new acts and their songs, probably good for a family party with mixed age groups, but for me it is a good mix, but not the best there were a few that could have been left out in favour of other Irish performers or just a better song. So if you like these artists and many of their songs, its worth buying. Only problem I had was a long wait with the delivery of this item, so if you want it for St Patrick's day order a good couple of weeks in advance.Read more ›
good selection of music but there are only a handful of tracks I enjoy. I think that the range of styles in too wide - the performers are all Irish but tracks range from very traditional to Eurovision winners. Not really my cup of tea.