- Audio CD (18 Jun. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B000009DDO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Irish Heartbeat Original recording remastered
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Catalogue number 31453 7548-2 on the Polydor label with 10 tracks and a 4 page (8 side) front insert lyric booklet. It has the following tracks: 1> Star Of The County Down [2:41], 2> Irish Heartbeat [3:51], 3> To' Mo Chleanhnas Deanta [3:30], 4> Raglan Road [4:55], 5> She Moved Through The Fair [4:43], 6> I'll Tell Me Ma [2:28], 7> Carrickfergus [4:23], 8> Celtic Ray [3:39], 9> My Lagan Love [5:19], 10> Marie's Wedding [3:16].
It's not often mentioned as one of Van Morrison's signature performances, but the highpoint of this 1988 collaboration--a heartbreaking rendition of the traditional tune "Carrickfergus"--ranks with anything the man has done. Morrison delivers the deathbed lament with a mix of fervour and penitence that's utterly convincing as the Chieftains enshroud him in a Gaelic tapestry of sound. The remainder of this reissue of the 1988 collaboration between Ireland's finest ain't too shabby, either. On more upbeat selections such as "The Star of the County Down", Morrison sounds uncharacteristically frisky, as if he's delighted to share the burden with the Chieftains. Listeners are likely to find the alliance equally satisfying. --Steven Stolder
Top Customer Reviews
The Star of the County Down , I'll tell me ma, and Marie's Wedding offset the slower renditions beautifully, so that there is not one section of the album which seems out of balance or which you could ever want to skip over.
I take this CD everywhere, to my workplace and to do my housework. It is so engaging that I could put it on permanent play 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I defy anyone to be sick of it.
This is a great album, with a sound that is pure Ireland. I always loved Van Morrison, and must admit that I was dubious of what this album would sound like. But, in fact, this album is great, and I love the sound. If you are a fan of great Irish music, then you will love this album. I give it my highest recommendations!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A marvellous combination of tradition al Irish music and Van Morrison's blues voice.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it for my partner as a present - he loves it. A bit pricey but he was delighted with itPublished 4 months ago by alison Girling
Great album. Any Van Morrison should have this in their collection.Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Ivill
Delivered very promptly. Brand new and sealed like it was described.Published 14 months ago by PeterW