Irish Heartbeat Original recording remastered
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Catalogue number 31453 7548-2 on the Polydor label with 10 tracks and a 4 page (8 side) front insert lyric booklet. It has the following tracks: 1> Star Of The County Down [2:41], 2> Irish Heartbeat [3:51], 3> To' Mo Chleanhnas Deanta [3:30], 4> Raglan Road [4:55], 5> She Moved Through The Fair [4:43], 6> I'll Tell Me Ma [2:28], 7> Carrickfergus [4:23], 8> Celtic Ray [3:39], 9> My Lagan Love [5:19], 10> Marie's Wedding [3:16].
It's not often mentioned as one of Van Morrison's signature performances, but the highpoint of this 1988 collaboration--a heartbreaking rendition of the traditional tune "Carrickfergus"--ranks with anything the man has done. Morrison delivers the deathbed lament with a mix of fervour and penitence that's utterly convincing as the Chieftains enshroud him in a Gaelic tapestry of sound. The remainder of this reissue of the 1988 collaboration between Ireland's finest ain't too shabby, either. On more upbeat selections such as "The Star of the County Down", Morrison sounds uncharacteristically frisky, as if he's delighted to share the burden with the Chieftains. Listeners are likely to find the alliance equally satisfying. --Steven Stolder
Top Customer Reviews
The Star of the County Down , I'll tell me ma, and Marie's Wedding offset the slower renditions beautifully, so that there is not one section of the album which seems out of balance or which you could ever want to skip over.
I take this CD everywhere, to my workplace and to do my housework. It is so engaging that I could put it on permanent play 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I defy anyone to be sick of it.
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Delivered very promptly. Brand new and sealed like it was described.Published 6 months ago by PeterW
It's amazing how Van Morrison can fit into so many styles of music. This is one of his best - definitely recommended.Published 6 months ago by Ed
I listened to this album on LP-record all thought the 80-ties, but haven't owned a recordplayer for 20 years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Olsen