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If This Is Rock And Roll, I Want My Old Job Back


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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shamtown
  • ASIN: B0000073LA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Useta Lover
2. Only One Girl
3. Why Do I Always Want You?
4. It Won't Be Tonight
5. Irish Poet
6. Sing a Powerful Song
7. Freedom Fighters
8. That's What She Said Last Night
9. Red Cortina
10. Presentation Boarder
11. Don't Let Me Down
12. -·25
13. What a Day
14. N17
15. I Hope You Meet Again

Product Description

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It was inevitable that someone would emerge from the Irish showband tradition to add rock & roll to the equation. Like all the most profitable ideas though, it only seemed obvious once someone had thought of it. If nothing else, the huge following gained by The Saw Doctors' debut set illustrated what a wide-ranging thing Irishness is. If This Is Rock And Roll plays to the band's greatest strength--a talent for rabble-rousing tunes which detail all manner of small town life. Diversity? Well, here's the occasional lighters-aloft anthem such as "Sing A Powerful Song". Exotic? How about "N17"--a rollicking offspring to Christy Moore's emigrant hit "Don't Forget Your Shovel"? Now add it all together and you've got yourself a national institution. As Irish as a pint of Guinness with a potato in it. --Peter Paphides

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sourbutts on 4 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you have ever been to a Saw Doctors concert, you will come away with only one thing on your mind. This band kicks ass! All the way from Tuam in the county of Galway in the Republic of Ireland, these country boys have done good. The mix of traditional Irish Folk and Rock has been fused together in such a way that the guys constantly deliver good catchy tunes that you'll be singing for the rest of your life. This first album probably features some of the bands best work, I use'ta lover, Red Cortina and N17 being among concert goers favorites.
Watch out for this band, the mainstream may just realise how good they are and start playing them.
Buy this album. There will be something on it you will like...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 7 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
An Irish five-piece who deliver all the passion and excitement of a showband at full throttle. This is melody and humour with a beat, a 60's pop sound given a Celtic twist and driven by an unabashed determination to entertain.
This 1991 CD captures much of the excitement of a live band. These guys play with a vivacity which insists you get up and dance ... or at least sing along relentlessly strumming your air guitar! There's no fancy, pretentious superstar posing here - this is entertainment for the listener not a demand for adulation for the performers. It takes you back to a time when music was about boy-meets-girl on the dancefloor ... a time when the guys on stage had to be able to play their instruments live and do so in a manner which kept your feet tapping. The Saw Doctors do that in spades!
Their songs look at love and lust and loss, and the economics of having to leave your home and go to another country just to earn a living. It's an experience with which many Celts can identify. The lyrics allude to the politics of Ireland and the macro-economics of labour mobility. The lyrics allude to teenage emotions and teenage fantasies. The lyrics combine themes of life, love, and earning a living, of departure and loss, of moving on.
Tongue is firmly in cheek in places. The stand-out song is "I useta lover" - funny, irreverent, and a number which must be recognised as a rock classic. "Red cortina" and "N17" are the other tracks which most gripped me, but a lot of the songs on the album catch your ear when they fit the right mood. Still a fresh, entertaining sound, an album you'll play again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Cleary on 29 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic. Spirited and lively and completely feel good music with easy and catchy lyrics, when you have listened a few times you too will be singing along to the words. Hysterical madness, their inspiration coming from school girls to road signs. I found myself singing along in the car to some wary onlookers, but it is an album to let your hair down to, culchie rock with humour.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By amboline VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The original album from the band who brought us Ireland's (so far) biggest selling single of all time. The album sounds like it was recorded in a church hall with a rather drunk production crew, and in part this is what makes "If This is Rock 'n' Roll..." one of THE all-time greatest albums of Irish music. The songs are rough round the edges but instantly catchy - I defy anybody to walk away from this album and not be humming "Stone walls and the grass is green"! - and nail the Saw Doctors' colours firmly to the mast as possibly the greatest pub band of all time. Later albums developed a wider instrumental repertoire and a much greater depth in the songwriting, but this still stands as the most instantly memorable of the lot. And if you've never seen them performing live, you're missing out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2001
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This is the first album by the Saw Doctors and I feel that done of the following recordings match it. If anyone is going to buy a Saw Doctors album, I would recommend this one. It has all the raw feel of a first album, with well written lyrics and strong tunes but not overproduced.
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