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4.9 out of 5 stars
Live 2004
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on 14 December 2017
I have been looking for this for a while I first came across Planxty some 45 years ago and have several of their albums on vinyl.
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on 7 August 2010
More's the pity, I'd no idea Planxty had got together for this concert series, still less that they'd put out this CD, until someone recommended it. On first listening I thought: nice, by third hearing: superb.

The music speaks for itself, the performance and musicianship is warm, fresh and just about faultless - as good if not better than the Planxty of 30 years before, and how many bands can you honestly say that about?

Just a word about the song Little Musgrave, the music for which Christy Moore is supposed to have discovered by chance. It bears a very strong resemblance to Matty Groves on Fairport's classic album Liege and Lief - compare the story and the words: only the names and the tune are different.
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on 13 January 2014
Again this was for my son, who has gone from heavy metal to folk music, what joy. He loves it and will definitly be buying more of their albums
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on 8 August 2015
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on 13 December 2013
In my view, Planxty were the greatest folk outfit of their generation. The constituent members are on top of their game, and together the produce stunning music. This recording us a gem, with some memorable music indeed.
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on 25 March 2013
Pure Quality. Planxty are truely a class act and their live perfornace is second to none. This should be in everyones collection.
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on 7 May 2011
I have very mixed feeling about Planxty. I am certainly not a fan of traditional Irish music, but when it comes to folk, well that is an entirely different matter. The very fact that Christy Moore was a key founding member of Planxty, I have always held a certain degree of respect for their work and it has always been the songs rather than the instrumental pieces which I have found most accessible. Back in the early 1970s, Planxty, like Horslips were opening up a whole new world to us teenagers in Ireland who were raised on a diet of rock-n-roll, by bringing a rock sensibility to folk and traditional Irish music. They looked like a rock band, (Probably even behaved as a rock band). They drew on influences outside of Ireland and introduced what at the time were exotic instruments to this island. As a consequence instruments such as the bouzouki have become standard fare in traditional circles.

Every now and then a song will get locked into my mind for a few days, and The Blacksmith which had been recorded by Planxty was one such song. As a consequence I sought out a suitable Planxty album which not only contained this song but also Little Musgrave which has for a long time been a very firm favourite of mine, and live in 2004 appears to be the only Planxty recording which has both plus the wonderful Raggle Taggle Gypsy. Listening to this album, Planxty have remained true to the original recordings I remember from my youth, although Little Musgrave appears to be at a slower tempo to what I recall. I normally will get bored very rapidly when traditional music is played, but Planxty for some reason will hold my interest. This may be due to the different approach to the genre or the inclusion of the songs. I did have the luck to see them live back in 1980 or 81 (shortly after the release of the album 'After The Break') at the University of Ulster; however that appearance was marred by a poor sound system.

As a piece of important Irish music history, Planxty Live 2004 is an essential addition to any music collection. Their influence on the direction of Irish traditional and folk music is more than significant. Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O' Flynn as a collective still have that spark and that magic which back in the 1970s brought them to the world's attention.
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on 29 July 2004
Planxty create a sound which is completely unique - it sounds like something which echoes deep in our Celtic psyche, yet it sounds new, innovative, and exciting at the same time. Compared with some of the other fine Irish folk groups of that generation such as The Fureys, The Cheiftains, and The Dubliners, Planxty provide a similar genre of music, yet in many ways it's completely in a league of its own. The sounds of Mediterranean instruments blending with Celtic instruments and Balkans music married with music from Ireland and Britain is a concept and a sound that has worked incredibly well for Planxty and this 2004 album reaffirms that. The music sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago.
The world that Planxty depict, is a very different world where sailors, gypsies, blacksmiths and beggars are the heroes and villains. Ladies betray Lords with the hired-help and the lesser ranked; farm labourers defy and defeat Sergeants and their soldiers; and women scorn men who choose duty as soldier or sailor over them.
It's a fantastic work of musicianship, with many, many highlights on this album. The THREE front men of this band (Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn) each take their own opportunity to shine in Planxty's unique light after a gap of almost twenty years from performing together.
Christy Moore fans should check out the song Little Musgrave - close your eyes and listen as Christy completely relives each character's role depicted in the scenes of this track.
Andy Irvine's rendition of Arthur McBride is fantastically uplifting and he sings this song as if he was actually standing in front of the Sergeant scorning the forces and the Crown himself!
The skills of Liam Óg O'Flynn are made abundantly clear from the opening track (The Starting Gate) and O'Flynn highlights and complements so many songs and tracks of this album that it is quite difficult to rate one piece or moment above the other. My favourite instrumental piece has to be The Starting Gate however, as Liam demonstrates his skill on both the whistle and the uileann pipes and it's the perfect piece to capture the pure Planxty sound.
Dónal Lunny ties this album together with his contributions to all of the tracks. He is credited in earlier work as the composer of the immortal bridge between the song Raggle Taggle Gypsy and the instrumental piece Tabhair Dom Mo Lamh which many consider to be the highlight piece of Planxty's catalogue. Lunny is the quiet, shy, intelligent scientist of the band and he weaves this album together with beautiful bazouki riffs and melancholic guitar accompaniments.
Planxty Live 2004 is a must for any fans of folk music, Irish music, world music, different music - brilliant music!! It's proof that well written and arranged music stands the test of time and spans genres and generations. It's proof that brilliant, exciting and interesting musicians never really lose it (as long as they've got their health) - the packaging and marketing can just get a little dated or lost! This album is not only a record of the sounds and songs of surviving folk music - it's a guide for the future of folk music.
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on 17 September 2007
Only recently I discovered the existence of this live recording of a reunion concert in 2004. Having all their earlier work (on vinyl) most tracks were quite familiar to me. Comparing this concert with the original recordings one cannot fail to admire the high level of musicianship and the way everythings seems to fit even after so many years, and the ravages of time are only so slight. Which brings me to my only complaint, really. I was a bit disappointed just because the material on this cd sounds so much like the originals. Usually a live recording gives you something extra or different and that's not the case here, unless that something is really subtle.
That said, upon arrival this cd has got into and stayed in my cd player for several spins in a row, so it's certainly a well-appreciated addition to my Planxty collection.
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on 9 May 2006
As another reviewer has pointed out,the CD is great, but I think that the DVD is even better: there's the on-stage banter between the players and with the audience, there are explanations of the origins of some of the songs/tunes and there's a different and faster performance of "Raggle Taggle Gypsy." Let your eyes as well as your ears feast!!
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