Recorded during spring and summer of 1972 in Co. Tipperary, using the Rolling Stones mobile, this fabulous album deserves every accolade in the book. Comparatively few recordings deserve to be called seminal. This is one that does! On it you will hear Messrs O'Connor, Fean, Devlin, Carr and Lockhart create what we now know as Celtic Rock. Listen as they seamlessly combine ceili, folk, country, blues, rock, even reggae, into an irresistible musical mixture that is quite unique.
When I first heard Happy to Meet almost forty years ago I began a love affair with the album that has lasted throughout my life. And no wonder! From the concertina, tin whistle and bodhran-driven ceili music of opener Happy to Meet, through the dreamy organ and keyboard-driven psychedelia of Hall of Mirrors, to the elegaic Clergy's Lamentation, the reggae-driven Bratach Bán, the country stylings of The Shamrock Shore, and the amazing folk-rock masterpiece that is Furniture, it is simply masterful. On the latter track particularly, everything fuses together in one of the most marvellous five minutes of music you could ever wish to hear, from Barry Devlin's vocals to Jim Lockhart's flute, uileann pipes, and organ fills, Charles O'Connor's elegantly delicate acoustic picking, Johnny Fean's blistering lead guitar and Eamonn Carr's fabulously rock solid drumming.
If you are new to Horslips and wonder what all the fuss is about, buy this album and hear the reason why! And if you have always been a fan, treat yourself to a new copy of this superb recording, and remind yourself of why you became a fan in the first place.
Still going strong today, and still as great as ever, this is where the Horslips story began.
Thank you gentlemen!