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Prosperous Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (28 Dec. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B0000DERSC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RDT Moderator on 18 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Prosperous is a fine example of Christy Moore's original sound. It marks the beginnings of his fantastically successful career as a musician, both as a solo artist and as a member of some of folk's finest ensembles. Following a decision to move to England and a stint of performing and recording in Britain, Moore subsequently reneged and returned to Ireland to record with the finest folk musicians that he could assemble. Recorded in and named after a place steeped in both tradition and innovation (Prosperous, Co. Kildare), this is very reflective of both the album and the artist.

The album kick-starts with Raggle-Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair Dom Do Lamh: it's a slightly different version of from that recorded on the subsequent Planxty album. It's slightly slower and a more deliberate performance, but a fantastic version nonetheless.
The Dark Eyed Sailor is a pleasant slow song, which also contains echoes of traditional favourites Fiddlers' Green and Lakes Of Pontchartrain.
I Wish I Was In England is a good, lively, stomping folk song, credited to Christy's writing and arranging. It reflects a sentiment felt by many's an abandoned Irish lover at a time when most Irish had to seek gainful employment abroad (and cheap flights were also a distant dream!).
The album definitely contains some fine contemporary work, but it also reflects Moore's intent to reflect the parallels of traditional styles in contemporary folk.
Lock Hospital is a powerfully gentle anti-war piece and could well have been an inspiration for Eric Bogle's fine song The Green Fields of France. This is a folk song, but there are many blues songs also about the Lock Hospitals.
James Connolly is a fine lament, sung in the sean-nochas unaccompanied style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thomas12321 on 27 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Munro on 14 Sept. 2013
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If you like Planxty then buy this, it's like a Planxty prequel album, although Christy Moore is the star here.
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By Genly Ai on 16 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is an early record by the now established singer Christie Moore. The first track slowly shades into "Tabhair dom do lamh" or Give me your Hand in English. There are some tracks with a background such as "Lock Hospital", the original version of "Streets of Laredo" with a poor soldier cut down by syphalis and being buried - "The girls of the city were the ruin of me". There are also tributes to Woody Guthrie and his fellow commie Pete Seeger as well as upbeat Irish songs like "Spancilhill" and the "Hackler from Grouse Hall".
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By eamon bradley on 28 Feb. 2013
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Brilliant christy Moore album. With some truly great Christy Moore old.favourites. An old album but still possesses the magic of christy Moore and I would not.claim to.be a big fan.
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