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Happy To Meet...again!
on 15 December 2010
One of the best things about the last couple of years has been Horslips' long-hoped-for re-emergence. For me, seeing them at the O2 in Dublin in December 2009, thirty-two years after I'd last seen them (at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork in 1977) was one of the standout, joyous, sheer 'lump-in-the-throat' moments of my life. I would'nt have missed it for anything.
Treasury was the compilation album that accompanied those 2009 gigs in Belfast and Dublin, and it was also the album that returned them to the Irish charts for the first time since Roll Back in 2006. In a word, it's excellent! Thirty five slabs of vintage Horslips taken from all phases of their career. Superbly remastered, intriguingly sequenced and imaginatively compiled, it's top class in every respect. The big hits are - almost - all here; Dearg Doom, Trouble, Power and the Glory, Furniture, Flower Amang them All. So too are the in-concert favourites - Mad Pat, Blindman, Lonliness, Sword of Light. And then there are those delightful surprises, the tracks you'd almost forgotten - Ghosts, The Blind Can't Lead the Blind, Long Weekend, Sideways to the Sun, I'll Be Waiting. Great stuff every one.
If I have a complaint, and it's a small and undeserving one, it's that so much was left out. King of the Fairies, Charollais, Can't Fool the Beast, Wrath of the Rain, Johnny's Wedding, Shakin' All Over (from the Belfast Gigs), The Shamrock Shore, Daybreak, Sunburst. The list goes on. However there has'nt been a compilation album yet where some opinionated individual did'nt quibble about the track listing. And the plain truth is - you cannot include everything. Otherwise you are talking about a triple album, even a box-set, which will cost much, much, more. All things considered I think the compilers (which we understand were the band themselves) got it pretty well spot on.
Nice one gentlemen!
If, like me, you were there from the beginning. Driving miles across rural Ireland in the dead of night to see Horslips play in Crossmolina, Newcastle West or Tramore, hearing them bring our rich musical heritage to life in new and exciting ways, and proving that you could love traditional music AND rock all at once, then this album really hits the spot. You will discover again they really were - and are - THAT good!