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Irish Heartbeat Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000009DDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Star Of The County Down
  2. Irish Heartbeat
  3. Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta
  4. Raglan Road
  5. She Moved Through The Fair
  6. I'll Tell Me Ma
  7. Carrickfergus
  8. Celtic Ray
  9. My Lagan Love
  10. Marie's Wedding

Product Description

Product Description

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].

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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

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Format: Audio CD
This album combines the incredible vocals of Van Morrison with the superb instrumentalism of the Chieftains to produce a unique combination. Van adds his distinctive style to a selection of classic Irish folk numbers. He also includes a couple of his own Celtic style songs. Even if you think you don't like Irish Folk you should give this a listen and your mind could be changed. "Raglan Road" is beautifully sung and would move anybody. The rendition of "Carrickfergus" is the best I have heard anywhere. These slow numbers are interspersed with more upbeat classics to produce a fine album which I have been listening to for years without getting bored. I only wish Van would team up with the Chieftians again to produce another one of these.
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The cover does this ground breaking album no justice - a seemingly disparate group of vagrants congregating without purpose. Press the play button and...sheer apotheosis.The Chieftains have played effectively as a backing band to a variety of artistes, but surely Van is their ultimate foil. He brings to the tradition a searing heart-felt soulfulness that transcends genre. Listening to "Carrickfergus",for example, is to experience the trailing off of a Celtic sunset with a genuinely pagan pain. Conversely , the upbeat numbers are riddled with veins of fresh-aired optimism. Utterly indispensable. Forget the novelty of "Unplugged", these guys have been passing the accoustic test for decades and the disc represents the zenith of their troubadour alchemy.
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From the first time I heard this album in 1990 I was enthralled. There is something magic about the combination of Van Morrison and the Chieftains that engages you forever in this album. Van Morrison seems to encompass all the earthiness and attraction of the voices of the Irish over the centuries in this collection. Carrickfergus is my favourite as I am sure it is probably everyones who has heard this CD. He gives it a tragic and haunting quality which tells the story in the voice as much as in the words.
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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The cover does this ground breaking album no justice - a seemingly disparate group of vagrants congregating without purpose. Press the play button and...sheer apotheosis.The Chieftains have played effectively as a backing band to a variety of artistes, but surely Van is their ultimate foil. He brings to the tradition a searing heart-felt soulfulness that transcends genre. Listening to "Carrickfergus",for example, is to experience the trailing off of a Celtic sunset with a genuinely pagan pain. Conversely , the upbeat numbers are riddled with veins of fresh-aired optimism. Utterly indispensable. Forget the novelty of "Unplugged", these guys have been passing the accoustic test for decades and the disc represents the zenith of their troubadour alchemy.
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This has my all time favourite Van Morrison track, the beautiful "Raglan Road". The Chieftains and Van Morrison is such a good combination. With complimentary styles this makes for satisfying listening. The mix of songs; love songs, celebrations and deep loss and musical interplays is balanced. Stand outs, nearly all. "Irish Heartbeat" an Irish blues that wails its way across the mist. The haunting lost valley sound of "She Moved Through the Fair". The full blown Celtic party of "I'll Tell me Ma". The haunting reminiscence crooned in "Carrickfergus". It is ten tracks of vintage Van Morrison and Chieftains. Recommended.
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Much as I have enjoyed this album since buying it, and I've been waiting years for it to become available at an affordable price, it hasn't quite met the expectations I had reading other reviews. However, it ain't half bad, there are many artists that would give their right arm to produce an album of this quality.
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I love this album and have it on a very used cassette. It conjures up a quite magical atmosphere with all artists in top form, totally in tune with the music. BUT - where is the CD re-master: I don't want to pay over £20 for it!
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This is an excellent CD by Van the Man and the Chieftains. I have the original on vinyl, but it has a scratch which "pops" through most of Side 1. I've tried to record & repair with Audacity but the pops still remain. So, when I saw this CD for sale I had to have it.
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