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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compass
  • ASIN: B0012IWICC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Morning Nightcap (New Version)
  2. Eanair
  3. The Miller of Drohan
  4. Leckan Mor
  5. Killarney Boys of Pleasure
  6. The Floating Crowbar
  7. Black River
  8. Fest Noz
  9. Feabhra
  10. Punch
  11. Casu
  12. The Last Pint (New Version of Aibreann)
  13. Cregg's Pipes
  14. The Dimmers
  15. The Dingle Berries
  16. O'Carolan's Welcome/Rolling In the Barrel

Product Description

Founding member Trevor Hutchison spent much of 2007 pouring over the band's body of work to select the tracks that best represent not only the energy, drive and fire that Lúnasa is known for, but also the uniqueness of their compositions and arrangement style. Along the way, the band made a side trip to the Compass Sound Studio in Nashville to re-record "Aibreann" and "Morning Nightcap" as a way of illustrating the sound of the current line-up and in the process redefined these band favourites as classics of their repertoire. The end result is a mind-blowing showcase of arguably the greatest instrumental group ever to exist in Irish music. • Re-visited and re-mixed, including two new recordings of Lúnasa classics "Aibreann" and "Morning Nightcap". • Includes tracks from all three Green Linnet titles and all three Compass titles, including the originally self-released and now classic album Lúnasa. • Includes expansive liner notes on the band's history and an extensive photo journal of the past 11 years. Featured are current band members: double bassist Trevor Hutchinson, piper Cillian Vallely, flutist Kevin Crawford, fiddler Sean Smyth, and guitarist Paul Meehan, as well as past members Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Michael McGoldrick (flute) and John McSherry (Uilleann pipes). Tracks: Eanáir: Lord Mayo / Gavotte; Maid Of Mt. Cisco / Feabhra: An Erc'h War an Enezeg (Snow On The Island); Brenda Stubbert's; Thunderhead / Aibreann: The Last Pint (re-recording) / The Miller of Drohan / The Floating Crowbar; McGlinchy's; The Almost Reel / O'Carolan's Welcome; Rolling In The Barrel / Killarney Boys Of Pleasure / Casu: Asturian Air; Aires de Pontevedra; Muineira de Casu / Morning Nightcap: The Wedding Reel; Morning Nightcap; The Malbay Shuffle (re-recording) / Cregg's Pipes: Cregg's Pipes; Uist Reel; John Doherty's / Fest Noz: Ridees 6 temps; Punch: Scottish Concerto Strathspey; Trip To Windsor; Punch In The Dark / The Dimmers: Jerry O'Sullivan's; The Dimmers / Leckan Mor: Kalyana; Above In The Garret; Leckan Mór / The Dingle Berries: The Hop Slide; Padraig O'Keefe's; Nessa The Mover; Trip To Dingle / Across The Black River

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Lúnasa are surely the greatest exponents of Irish Celtic music at work today. Their instrumental prowess and precision, at times frighteningly fast, at times liltingly beautiful, is showcased through a thoughtfully-chosen array of dazzling arrangements.

This compilation is probably not for the diehard fan, because apart from a couple of their tunes being re-recorded, it's all from their previous albums. That said, for anyone who has only heard a small amount of their repertoire, such as myself at the time I bought this, it's an ideal taster. And it can surely only result in buying more of their albums.

The standard of playing on this disc is very exacting, and either inspiring or punishing for the aspiring player. Fiddle player Séan Smyth particularly shines, but that does not mean to say that the others are not masters of their chosen instruments. Far from it.

The re-recording of 'Morning Nightcap' is fresh and crisp, and does not do the original recording any disservice. It's also a splendid way to start the album - to put a stake in the ground, if you will.

I was quite blown away by the precise and fluid nature of the playing on 'Punch' - and then I heard the applause at the end - and realised that this had been played live in front of an audience. That was quite a sobering moment. I now rue not seeing them last year when they played nearby. That must really have been something to see.
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Lunasa - Gaelic, and not 'Loaded' as my receipt called it! - will get you dancin'....If they don't, you're probably unconscious!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cfc7e7c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x9dd1ab7c) out of 5 stars just great! 31 Mar. 2008
By M. V. Ipenburg - Published on
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To everyone who thinks 'i have the previous six' here's the reason to buy this one: the re-recordings of some old numbers is astonishing. Slight alterations and great to listen too.

First time buyer?: be prepared to buy another six cd's from these lads. Their attitude to playing music is much more professional than a whole lot of todays socalled stars.

Hoping you all enjoy this cd (again)!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0676e64) out of 5 stars Outstanding celtic music 18 April 2009
By Logcabinman - Published on
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The music that Lunasa plays is so much like the small town pub music my wife and I heard on our last trip to IRE. We trekked all over the country, bad roads and all, to visit the small very local pubs- finding a grandmother holding a baby while she sips a pint and sings a song. Loved the music.
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HASH(0x9d0e9588) out of 5 stars Rollicking Celtic Intrumentals 19 Dec. 2008
By R. J. Marsella - Published on
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Lunasa is a remarkably talented group of instrumentalists that present beautifully arranged traditional Irish music on traditional instruments that somehow sounds modern at the same time. Their music is the type that you can play softly in the background or crank up at full volume depending on your mood.
This collection was my first introduction to them and I have since picked up a few other CDs all of which are very good. Based on my own experience if you haven't heard them this is a good place to start.
HASH(0x9d0e927c) out of 5 stars Favorite Celtic CD 3 Jan. 2016
By BethanyB12 - Published on
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Absolutely wonderful music. Highly recommend.
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Great Buy !
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