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very occasionally 5 is not enough,
This review is from: Live From Dublin 2006 (Audio CD)
Christ Moore is a king among singers. He communicates to his audience almost telepathically the joy, despair, love, injustice, hatred, bigotry, foolishness and hope that his vast repertoire holds and his audiences show him the utmost respect; there is a churchlike silence while he sings and an eruption of sustained applause at the end of every song. This great double cd set comes as near as dammit to capturing the unique atmosphere of one of his concerts and has enabled me to relive my experience of one many, many times over.
There are 35 wonderful songs here, and something for everyone be he freedom fighter, hopeless romantic, addict, ex-addict, political activist, Irelandophile, or simply seeker of the truth. But if you're at all interested in Christy you probably have leanings or experiences in many of these directions and you will love this record.
Some of my particular favourites are:
Yellow Triangle - a most perfect song written by Christy with a simple unmistakable message ; speak out in the face of persecution and prejudice
Veronica - tribute to the Irish journalist who took on the drug barons and paid with her life, brave actions and a brave song
Two Conneeleys - fishermen brothers swallowed with their currach by the Atlantic seethe and swell, `try to understand God's will'
Beeswing - a beautiful Richard Thompson song of a free-spirit who could be loved but not owned
Smoke And Strong Whisky - the Irish by the Irish
North And South - love and prejudices
Stitch In Time - a wife's revenge on her drunken pig of a husband
Butterfly - Handsome Family's tragi-comic Christmas day with an alcoholic
Cry Like A Man - cry like a man
Plus of course the Christy classics: Ride On, Bright Blue Rose, Missing You
For an added bonus every track bar one features the brilliant electric and acoustic guitar work of Declan Sinnott who has total empathy with the material and helps bring the songs to life in a special way.
Christy is truly remarkable live and this album bears that out beyond any shadow of a doubt.