This album captures a young Liam Clancy before he really teamed up professionally with his brothers and Tommy Makem. Recorded originally on the American folk label Vanguard this re-issue on Ace records also has been expanded with nine previously unreleased tracks. I could not help notice the resemblance in performance to Christy Moore in the way the songs are delivered. However, this is a compliment as I am a big fan of Christy Moore who obviously was influenced by Liam!
Also, Bob Dylan was a big admirer too of Liam Clancy. I was expecting a jolly,' too- ral- ley- aye' sort of album picturing those photo stills of the Clancy Brothers in nice Arran sweaters singing in a hearty way of `Ould Ireland'.
This album is much better than that, each song sung sensitively from the heart. A great classic album, if you are a fan of Irish Music and you don't have this album then you should.