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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a new remastered edition of the classic 1971 debut album by TIR NA NOG. This legendary Progressive Folk duo featured the talents of LEO O KELLY and SONNY CONDELL. Formed in Dublin in 1969, the duo travelled to London to make a name for themselves on the UK folk circuit, earning a contract with Chrysalis Records in 1970. Securing a support slot with Jethro Tull, TIR NA NOG came to the attention of a rock audience. The duo became a fixture on the concert circuit, opening for acts such as The Who, Elton John and Procol Harum and were also championed by John Peel. In 1971 their self-titled debut album was released to acclaim, thanks to the wonderfully diverse compositions and music featured. TIR NA NOG was one of the most original and inspiring acts of their era. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly remastered from the original CHRYSALIS RECORDS master tapes and features two bonus tracks drawn from the band s first single and a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay.
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, OR THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND THEN YOU SHOULD ENJOY THIS. MY PARTICULAR FAVOURITE SONG IS OUR LOVE WILL NOT DECAY I HAD A COMMENT RECENTLY WHY I DO IT IN CAPITALS AS IF IM SHOUTING
I FIND IT FASTER AS I AM NOT GOOD AT TYPING AND YOU CAN READ THE REVIEW MORE CLEARLY
Being a Dubliner I instantly knew what "Tir na n'Og" referred to - translated, it's Gaelic for "Land Of The Young" (locally pronounced Tier Nah Nogue). We had the stories rammed down our willing throats in History class in school. It comes from the ancient Irish tales of warrior king Ossian (or Oisin in Gaelic).
I've had this Prog-Folk duo's debut album on vinyl for decades (as well as the other two they did for Chrysalis - "A Tear And A Smile" from 1972 and "Strong In The Sun" in 1973) and loved them all to bits. In truth though - some of the hippy-dippy fay lyrics ("Aberdeen Angus") might make even the strongest constitution cringe 40 years on. So why bother? Because in-between all that mythology are strangely beautiful melodies and tunes wrapped up in strings and acoustic guitars that are fabulous - as sophisticated as Roy Harper on Harvest and just as cleverly constructed. In fact in places they sound like Tyrannosaurus Rex and what they might have become if Bolan hadn't gone completely Rock - or even the acoustic side of early Seventies Jethro Tull with a little Nick Drake string arrangements thrown in for colour. Guitarists and singers Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly made a lovely racket. Here are the mushroom and fairy details...
UK released November 2012 - Esoteric Records ECLEC2357 (Barcode 5013929435742) runs to 51:54 minutes and breaks down as follows.
1. Time Is Like A Promise
2. Mariner Blues
3. Daisy Lady
4. Tir Na Nog
5. Aberdeen Angus
6. Looking Up
7. Boat Song
8. Our Love Will Not Decay
9. Hey Friend
10. Dance Of Years
11. Live A Day
13.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to be able to listen to it again after all these years - for me it stands the test of time very well indeed.Published 6 months ago by John
A good album, albeit some might say something of an acquired taste.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent as ever this wonderful album. Catch Tir na nOg live still for a fantastic gig.Published 17 months ago by 60 and counting