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Tir Na Nog Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0093NOCBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  12. Piccadilly
  13. Dante
  14. I'm Happy To Be
  15. Let My Love Grow

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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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A la Simon and Garfunkel, these two singer songwriters re-released this album in 1992 to co-incide with a few annual Tir na nOg revival gigs in and around Dublin. The band name, and album namesake is Irish for Land of Youth. This refers to a mythological land of eternal youth, to where famous Irish warriors traveled after death. Out of the thirteen songs, Sonny Condell's: 'Time is Like a Promise' and 'Our Love Will not Decay' are capable of transporting the listener back into misty arthurian times. Leo O'Kelly's 'Daisy Lady' is a simple but rare timeless love melody. For a live Tir na nOg gig, there is always an uncommon quietness among the aficionados of these irregularly held events. In very recent times the solo albums of Condell and O'Kelly manage to maintain the high level of artistic richness in their singer-songwriting craft.
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I realise that having the hippy label can be something people may want to hide from now, but this is not your trad folk. It takes what was best of that era , which was a bit of an ethereal stoner humour, mixed in with bits of folklore and your away. There are times when this sounds far more Tyranasaurus Rex ( NOT T-Rex) that it does say Planxty. Looking up and Hey Friend especially. This album has humour warth and fine acoustic playing. I wish they would occaisionally pop over the water to do England ! Ive loved this for years !
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Tir na nOg is/was two excellent musicians from Ireland (Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly) who charmed the University circuit in Britain, Ireland,Holland etc during the 1970's with a wonderful collection of original, melodious and memorable songs that will linger in the brain for centuries. In those days our brains did last for centuries!! This is their best album but 1 or 2 others are well worth a listen also. Lay back, listen, share it, protect it, enjoy it.
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HAD THIS ALBUM ON VINYL YEARS AGO . THIS IRISH DUO ARE REALLY GOOD . IF YOU LIKE DONOVAN
, 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
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Tir Na Nog presented an Irish Incredible-String-Band image as multi-instrumentalists weaving inticate tunes with themes from Celtic mythology and gentle visions of the sea and countryside...it was another time, of course, but it is good to have these lovely songs preserved on CD. "Time is Like a Promise", "Boat Song", and "Dante" are gorgeous; the melodies take you right back to a more leisurely era. Sonny and Leo are both fine singers and guitarists; the additional instrumentation (tablas, whistles, various stringed instruments) is not overdone but contributes to a very pleasant overall sound. Less adventurous than the String Band, less quirky than Dr Strangely Strange, but hugely enjoyable.
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I knew this record as a teenager back in the 70's. A lovely folksy, wistful but uplifting album. Some great songs and arrangements. Think Incredible String Band, Amazing Blondel, early T Rex? They supported Juthro Tull and ELP on tour, but never really broke through. ,When I saw it was available again - now on CD, it was quickly ordered. Highly recommended!
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This was released on vinyl 41 years ago and is still the classic it was then. A mixture of traditional folk songs and some humourous tracks like Aberdeen Angus which is still as fresh as it was on release. The two additional bonus tracks only confirm its originality. Sadly in my view everything afterwards never quite hit the same heights.
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 REMASTER ***

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
12. Piccadilly
13.
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