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Irish Heartbeat Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000009DDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Of The County Down
2. Irish Heartbeat
3. Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta
4. Raglan Road
5. She Moved Through The Fair
6. I'll Tell Me Ma
7. Carrickfergus
8. Celtic Ray
9. My Lagan Love
10. Marie's Wedding

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Catalogue number 31453 7548-2 on the Polydor label with 10 tracks and a 4 page (8 side) front insert lyric booklet. It has the following tracks: 1> Star Of The County Down [2:41], 2> Irish Heartbeat [3:51], 3> To' Mo Chleanhnas Deanta [3:30], 4> Raglan Road [4:55], 5> She Moved Through The Fair [4:43], 6> I'll Tell Me Ma [2:28], 7> Carrickfergus [4:23], 8> Celtic Ray [3:39], 9> My Lagan Love [5:19], 10> Marie's Wedding [3:16].

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It's not often mentioned as one of Van Morrison's signature performances, but the highpoint of this 1988 collaboration--a heartbreaking rendition of the traditional tune "Carrickfergus"--ranks with anything the man has done. Morrison delivers the deathbed lament with a mix of fervour and penitence that's utterly convincing as the Chieftains enshroud him in a Gaelic tapestry of sound. The remainder of this reissue of the 1988 collaboration between Ireland's finest ain't too shabby, either. On more upbeat selections such as "The Star of the County Down", Morrison sounds uncharacteristically frisky, as if he's delighted to share the burden with the Chieftains. Listeners are likely to find the alliance equally satisfying. --Steven Stolder

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Buzios on 9 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album combines the incredible vocals of Van Morrison with the superb instrumentalism of the Chieftains to produce a unique combination. Van adds his distinctive style to a selection of classic Irish folk numbers. He also includes a couple of his own Celtic style songs. Even if you think you don't like Irish Folk you should give this a listen and your mind could be changed. "Raglan Road" is beautifully sung and would move anybody. The rendition of "Carrickfergus" is the best I have heard anywhere. These slow numbers are interspersed with more upbeat classics to produce a fine album which I have been listening to for years without getting bored. I only wish Van would team up with the Chieftians again to produce another one of these.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Edward Barry on 21 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The cover does this ground breaking album no justice - a seemingly disparate group of vagrants congregating without purpose. Press the play button and...sheer apotheosis.The Chieftains have played effectively as a backing band to a variety of artistes, but surely Van is their ultimate foil. He brings to the tradition a searing heart-felt soulfulness that transcends genre. Listening to "Carrickfergus",for example, is to experience the trailing off of a Celtic sunset with a genuinely pagan pain. Conversely , the upbeat numbers are riddled with veins of fresh-aired optimism. Utterly indispensable. Forget the novelty of "Unplugged", these guys have been passing the accoustic test for decades and the disc represents the zenith of their troubadour alchemy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The cover does this ground breaking album no justice - a seemingly disparate group of vagrants congregating without purpose. Press the play button and...sheer apotheosis.The Chieftains have played effectively as a backing band to a variety of artistes, but surely Van is their ultimate foil. He brings to the tradition a searing heart-felt soulfulness that transcends genre. Listening to "Carrickfergus",for example, is to experience the trailing off of a Celtic sunset with a genuinely pagan pain. Conversely , the upbeat numbers are riddled with veins of fresh-aired optimism. Utterly indispensable. Forget the novelty of "Unplugged", these guys have been passing the accoustic test for decades and the disc represents the zenith of their troubadour alchemy.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
From the first time I heard this album in 1990 I was enthralled. There is something magic about the combination of Van Morrison and the Chieftains that engages you forever in this album. Van Morrison seems to encompass all the earthiness and attraction of the voices of the Irish over the centuries in this collection. Carrickfergus is my favourite as I am sure it is probably everyones who has heard this CD. He gives it a tragic and haunting quality which tells the story in the voice as much as in the words.
The Star of the County Down , I'll tell me ma, and Marie's Wedding offset the slower renditions beautifully, so that there is not one section of the album which seems out of balance or which you could ever want to skip over.
I take this CD everywhere, to my workplace and to do my housework. It is so engaging that I could put it on permanent play 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I defy anyone to be sick of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Davey VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this album and have it on a very used cassette. It conjures up a quite magical atmosphere with all artists in top form, totally in tune with the music. BUT - where is the CD re-master: I don't want to pay over £20 for it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "Belgo Geordie" on 12 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This has my all time favourite Van Morrison track, the beautiful "Raglan Road". The Chieftains and Van Morrison is such a good combination. With complimentary styles this makes for satisfying listening. The mix of songs; love songs, celebrations and deep loss and musical interplays is balanced. Stand outs, nearly all. "Irish Heartbeat" an Irish blues that wails its way across the mist. The haunting lost valley sound of "She Moved Through the Fair". The full blown Celtic party of "I'll Tell me Ma". The haunting reminiscence crooned in "Carrickfergus". It is ten tracks of vintage Van Morrison and Chieftains. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This really does sound like you'd expect it to sound.Apart from a Van Morrison refashioned retread ('Irish Heartbeat')and a newie called 'Celtic Ray' this a collection of Irish folk tunes lovingly performed with enough gusto and virtuosity to carry the listener through from first to last. Van's pipes sound like they are straining a bit but what he lacks in tone and technique he more then compensates with character and sheer grunt.

Highlights include 'She Moved Through The Fair', 'I'll Tell Me Ma' and the lovely 'My Lagan Love'.

No real surprises but a nice album all the same.

Irish Heartbeat
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 8 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is a simply wonderful collaboration of two great Irish talents. The first is Van Morrison, that great Irish singer who is remembered for such great songs as "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Moondance" (one of my personal favorites!). The second is The Chieftains, whose albums are always the very epitome of Irish traditional music. Together, it's...magic!
This is a great album, with a sound that is pure Ireland. I always loved Van Morrison, and must admit that I was dubious of what this album would sound like. But, in fact, this album is great, and I love the sound. If you are a fan of great Irish music, then you will love this album. I give it my highest recommendations!
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