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Happy to Meet Sorry to Part [Import]

Horslips Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor Japan
  • ASIN: B000YY65YW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happy to Meet
2. Hall of Mirrors
3. Clergy's Lamentation
4. Bratach Bán
5. Shamrock Shore
6. Flower Amang Them All
7. Bim Istigh Ag Ol
8. Furniture
9. Ace and Deuce
10. Dance to Yer Daddy
11. Scalloway Ripoff
12. Musical Priest
13. Sorry to Part

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a marvellous fusion of the rock idiom and traditional Celtic music. Although folk/rock was in its infancy when this was recorded Horslips' attainment seems effortless. From the sweet lament "The Shamrock Shore" to the rocking drinking song "Bim Istigh Ag Ol" to the eloquent "Musical Priest" Horslips command the stage with virtuoso guitar and mandolin playing transformed by the rhythm section into a new music form.
If you are new to Irish music this is an excellent introduction. If you love Irish music this is icing on the cake. When Horslips were touring with this album the entire concert hall would be up dancing to the pulsating melodies.
Buy it and enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is music that will have you rocking in the aisles in the pubs or in your front bedroom. Guitar riffs straight from Irish folklore come raking from the speakers as the pulsating rhythms twang at your heart strings. From the heavy rocking An Bratach Ban to the eloquent Musical Priest every track is pitched wide open with verve and Celtic sass. There's no time for mystical dreamers here - Horslips are out to have fun and they're bringing us along. Fresh as the day it came out this album is made to be played and played. Buy it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful quirky celtic rock 17 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Their first and best album, Happy to Meet is a debut by a band having a great craic discovering how fun it is to twist rock music up with traditional Irish. The swirling psychedelic originals (Hall of Mirrors, Furniture) sit comfortably with the straight and the mangled traditional covers (Flowers, a giddy Dance to yr Daddy). Later the formulaic structure and need for a conceptual angle (too blinkin' serious!) to the compositions put me right off, save The Unfortunate Cup of Tea. Stick with this and try to avoid the later stuff that swayed heavily toward the rock elements (to please the U.S.?). A real gem, and with a homely intimate feel to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began.... 9 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
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!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The lively Bim Istigh Ag Ol and The Musical Priest are the only tracks I really like. The oft-lauded original compositions Hall Of Mirrors and Furniture are okay, but they`re a bit ponderous, sloppy and amateurish sounding. Apart from the first two tracks I mentioned, there is nothing else on this album that`s compelling or exciting, and they relied too much on traditional arrangements. The Shamrock Shore is especially tiresome.
Most of the time, this album is just electric folk, and not very good electric folk at that. Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention were the masters of reinventing traditional tunes and lyrics played on electric instruments but without relying on generic guitar-led rock arrangements. Horslips, on the other hand, were not a "folk/rock" band as such, but they excelled at composing rock songs with original lyrics combined with celtic themes and traditional instrumentation, as they demonstrated on their second album The Tain, released the year after Happy To Meet/Sorry To Part. From this point onwards, Horslips continued to write their own material and leave the true folk/rock to the likes of Steeleye Span et al. - (Drive The Cold Winter Away was an acoustic traditional album, so that doesn`t count as folk/rock, either)
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