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Rain on the Roof

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Claddagh Records Ltd
  • ASIN: B0002LNNJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Prince Among Men
  2. Baneasa's Green Glade/Daichevo Horo
  3. Rain On the Roof/The Blue Mountains Of New South Wales
  4. My Heart's Tonight In Ireland
  5. Forgotten Hero
  6. Pamela's Ruchenitsa/Gruncharsko Horo/Baker's Dozen
  7. He Fades Away
  8. Come With Me Over The Mountain/A Smile In the Dark
  9. The Monument (Lest We Forget)
  10. Take No Prisoners/Old Brunswick
  11. Never Tire Of The Road

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I searched out found this album after listening to Andy Irvine play a live concert. I hadn't heard that much of him before - a few early bits of Planxty, and a couple of other bits here and there. However he has an instantly recognisable sound which is quite attractive in its own inimitable way.

I had bought his album `Abocurragh' last year, and was really taken with his story telling. He paints some wonderful scenes - poignant stories of the `common man' such as `The Spirit of Mother Jones' and `James Magee' through whimsical and comic - like `The Girl from Cushendon' and'The Close Shave'. However, much as I enjoy listening to these songs - I find the strong accompaniments and backing overwhelming, and feel they impair the integrity of the song and the story for me - because they are so pervasive.

So I looked around for and found this lovely album from 1997 hiding away on Amazon. It is so different. Here Andy is singing solo with his bouzouki, and mouth organ to hand (to mouth?) with no backing, apart from a low whistle on one of the tracks. You are gradually and totally immersed in the story/sound, because there are no distractions. You are absorbed in a different world.

There are eleven tracks. `Banesas Green Glade' a memory of lost youth in a bucolic setting which could easily with the wrong treatment, veer into a banal sentimental gloop but it doesn't - it's charming and draws the listener in, because of its sheer simplicity and authenticity.

`He Fades Away' tells of a wife watching her husband literally fade away with asbestos poisoning. It's depressing but powerful. The words and the repetition tell the story without the clamour of modern studio effects which tend if anything, to obliterate the intended effect on the listener.
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