I was astonished to see that this groundbreaking album had only one review! This marks both the true start of Christy Moores recording career (he made one album prior to this but was unhappy with the result) and first gathering together of what would become the legendary Planxty.
It's a great collection of songs, very varied, mostly Irish but with a couple of American and English thrown in.
Christy Moore's voice has an extraordinary combination of urgency and gentleness. What I especially like is that he does not "dramatize" or "interpret" these songs - he. It's a very unadorned, truthful kind of singing.
But what makes this record really special for me is the playing of the band and the way it has been recorded: 2 mics in a basement capturing the ambience of both the room and the occasion. In effect this is a live recording without an audience. 40 years later it still sounds amazingly clear and vibrant.