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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: IRL
  • ASIN: B002XTXBZ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At one point in the mid-1970s, Horslips bidded to be Ireland's answer to Steeleye Span. They also had a shot at being the next Jethro Tull, Genesis, or even Yes in its folkier moments. Horslips released many superb albums along the way, becoming Ireland's most acclaimed folk-rock and progressive band. Founded in Dublin during 1970 as a quintet playing a brand of folk-based rock music whose only parallel could be found in the early work of Fairport Convention. Horslips drew on their distinctly Irish roots, and were capable of playing straight folk material when the moment called for it, but weren't afraid to turn up loud and hard, in the best art-rock style, on the right songs. Horslips stunned the 02 in Dublin and the Belfast Arena in December with their 2 ½ hour spectacular performances reminding the public that Horslips are definitely back on the scene once again.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Hennessy on 15 Dec. 2010
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One of the best things about the last couple of years has been Horslips' long-hoped-for re-emergence. For me, seeing them at the O2 in Dublin in December 2009, thirty-two years after I'd last seen them (at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork in 1977) was one of the standout, joyous, sheer 'lump-in-the-throat' moments of my life. I would'nt have missed it for anything.

Treasury was the compilation album that accompanied those 2009 gigs in Belfast and Dublin, and it was also the album that returned them to the Irish charts for the first time since Roll Back in 2006. In a word, it's excellent! Thirty five slabs of vintage Horslips taken from all phases of their career. Superbly remastered, intriguingly sequenced and imaginatively compiled, it's top class in every respect. The big hits are - almost - all here; Dearg Doom, Trouble, Power and the Glory, Furniture, Flower Amang them All. So too are the in-concert favourites - Mad Pat, Blindman, Lonliness, Sword of Light. And then there are those delightful surprises, the tracks you'd almost forgotten - Ghosts, The Blind Can't Lead the Blind, Long Weekend, Sideways to the Sun, I'll Be Waiting. Great stuff every one.

If I have a complaint, and it's a small and undeserving one, it's that so much was left out. King of the Fairies, Charollais, Can't Fool the Beast, Wrath of the Rain, Johnny's Wedding, Shakin' All Over (from the Belfast Gigs), The Shamrock Shore, Daybreak, Sunburst. The list goes on. However there has'nt been a compilation album yet where some opinionated individual did'nt quibble about the track listing. And the plain truth is - you cannot include everything. Otherwise you are talking about a triple album, even a box-set, which will cost much, much, more.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on 5 July 2010
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The legendary Irish band Horslips were always of- their- time and ahead-of-their time. I know this because most of it was written in the 1970s and 1980s and I was there ... and yet it still sounds fresh now. Actually it sounds better now than it ever did and I would hardly believe that possible. Classic celtic music reworked for today with a rock beat and some craic-ing guitar riffs courtesy of one of the finest guitar players of all times - Mr Johnny Fean. Charles O'Connor's wonderful fiddle (along with the many other instruments), Eamonn Carr on drums, Jim Lockhart on keyboards and tin whistle and the legendary Barry Devlin make this album of (very) greatest hits a head puzzler. Which is the favourite track? Sideway to the Sun ...? No, Rescue Me ...? Who could not choose Dearg Doom but then there's the wonderfully complex Long Weekend. No, Sideways to the Sun ... Oh dear I don't know -maybe I need to listen again?

I'm jealous of people who haven't heard this - they have the best yet to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr I Paddon on 21 July 2013
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Having bought 'Aliens' many years ago on cassette I had forgotten just how good and varied were the output of this group. A mix of foot-tapping Celtic rhythms, ballads, pop and even some prog-like instrumental breaks - but with a generally great folk rock vibe throughout.
More than enough variety in this compilation to keep you interested and listening right to the end (although I found that listening to disc 2 first was preferable).
Well recommended to anyone who likes their folk a bit more rocky or their rock a bit more folksy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snapdragon on 4 Jan. 2013
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Delivered on time. Well packed. The Horslips CD is enjoyable to listen too and nice to have in your tradition / rock collection. Brings back memories of the Irish 70's music scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shelfend on 7 July 2012
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This is a superb compilation from a truly fabulous band. Lose yourself in the magic of the music from start to finish!
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By K. D. Booles on 6 Mar. 2014
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This was really good as it allows the fantic to listen over and over at the great musical history of this fantastic band ... the boys are back
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