1 Black velvet band.
2 McAlpine's fusiliers.
3 Peggy Gordon.
4 Weila Waila.
6 Cork hornpipe.
7 The leavin' of Liverpool.
8 Whiskey on a sunday.
9 I wish I were back in Liverpool.
10 Flop eared mule (donkey reel).
11 Navvy boots.
12 Whiskey in the jar.
13 Maids when you're young never wed an old man.
14 Seven drunken nights.
The Dubliners last proper album for the Major Minor label was recorded live at the Albert Hall, London, on the 1st of January 1969 and released the same year; their final album for the label was the budget compilation A Drop of the Dubliners which sold for 19/11 in old money! This live album has been re-issued a few times over the years - originally titled Live at the Albert Hall, this release adds "Royal" to the title and is the 1993 remaster. The original Major Minor release included one extra track - Off to Dublin in the Green - a rebel song dropped from subsequent releases, and not included here.
Featuring the Dubliners classic line-up of Ronnie Drew: Vocals and Guitar, Luke Kelly: Vocals and 5-String Banjo, Barney McKenna: Tenor Banjo and Mandolin, Ciarán Bourke: Tin Whistle, Harmonica, Guitar and Vocals and John Sheahan: Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Mandolin the, album was released just as the band's contract with Major Minor came to an end and they moved to EMI. EMI later acquired the Major Minor label which is why this album is now on that label too! EMI finally released the Dubliners four studio albums they recorded for Major Minor in 1967-68 as remastered mono versions in 2012 - but this live album was not included with them. The 2012 releases feature the original album artwork - this one does not, but I've added an image.
This CD was released by EMI in 1997 and by EMI Ireland in 2006 - mine is the later version. It is the stereo version and a few of the tracks are also included on the 1993 EMI compilation Original Dubliners - which also has stereo versions of many tracks from the four Major Minor studio albums which were recently released in remastered mono only. That fact that the Dubliners could fill the Albert Hall in 1969 proves how popular a band they were at that time, and this CD finishes off the band's association with the Major Minor label in some style. A pity, then, that it was not restored to its original form and included with the 2012 reissues - but still worth a full five stars even so!
If EMI look at reissuing this album at some time in the future perhaps they may consider adding some bonus material. I would suggest the single version of All For Me Grog, which had a Ronnie Drew vocal, Lock Up Your Daughters from A Drop of the Dubliners and of course the missing song from the original version of this album! I'm sure there must be some others in the vaults too.Read more ›