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on 11 May 2017
Not one of his best although the last track is an absolute knockout
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on 2 May 2009
Steve Wright (Radio 2) has recently been playing the title track from this album on his afternoon show, and going simply on the strength of that one song, I deemed that this is an album worth investigating. I was not disappointed. Christy Moore can always be guaranteed to deliver, and this collection of original songs and covers, though not necessarily his best, is up there with his finest. Some of the songs, ie John O Dreams, Riding The High Stool and Rory Is Gone, have appeared on previous albums. Of these three, it is Rory Is Gone which really impresses, due in no small part to the superb guitar work of Declan Sinnott. (The original recording on Graffiti Tounge came across as weak, but not so here). One cover that I was keen to hear was Shine On You Crazy Diamond, one of my favourite Pink Floyd tracks. On first hearing I was a little unsure as to whether Christy had got it right, but as the song moved along, I realised that he had succeded where Pink Floyd had failed, by bringing to the fore the message and meaning behind the song. Without David Gilmore's brilliant guitar work acting as a distraction, I really picked up on the words. This is not an album to listen to whilst driving (I tried that and it doesn't work) but one to put on in a quiet room, lie back and relax with the volume up and let the atmosphere of the recording wash over you.
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on 4 January 2012
I frequently listen to this CD with many lessons on the hard times in Ireland and the good ones as well. Food for thought as well as listening!
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on 13 May 2009
In a world where songwriters get all the kudos, 'interpretors' can easily be overlooked or underrated. Christy Moore can write songs, make no mistake about it, but there are very few artistes that can take another's song and make it their own in the way he can.

This is a gorgeous album: well produced, full of great songs and featuring some stunning performances.

The usual Christy mix is here: a lolloping humourous number (Ballad of Ruby Walsh); a few songs of quiet indignation (Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?, Duffy's Cut and The Disapperared); and some sublime melodies and singing (Listen, China Waltz, Barrowland, John O Dreams).

Much of the focus on this release has been around the inclusion of Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which is understandble and a shame. Understandable because it is not an obvious choice and because Christy adds so much Moore to the original. A shame because despite being so sublime it isn't the highlight of the album; it fits seamlessly in with the rest of the tracks.

As with recent live performances Declan Sinnot gets to sing a song (I Will) and the album closes with a brilliant live version of Rory Is Gone, featuring some great guitar work from Sinnot.

If you have enjoyed the last few Christy Moore albums, don't hesitate: buy this. If you are a newcomer, give it a try. Sit back and listen to an album that will soothe your soul.
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on 20 April 2009
This album re-confirms Christy Moore as one of Ireland's musical treasures. This recording has mangaed to capture the artist up close and personal. At times it transports the listener to a small room alone with the artist singing in their ear. The choice of songs ranging from Irish writers Wally Page to american Hank Wendell, across to Liverpudlian Ian Prowse and England's Pink Floyd are varied but all brought alive by Moore's voice and the excellent musicanship of Declan Sinnott, as well as bass and discret drums. This is certainly the best recording of Christy's voice so far, there are albums with better songs yes, but not with the same level of recording. This is not to say this is not a good album, it is a very good album. The title track " Listen" stands out alongside
"Shine on crazy diamond" as classics. Moore's own "Ruby Walsh" screams for you to listen to the lyrics to really grasp the humour of the song. Declan Sinnott's cover of "I will" is surely a pre-curser to either a solo or a "Small Talk Talking" ( his group" ) album.
This is an album that will be listened to again and again for some time to come. But to fully appreciate the music of Christy Moore, a ticket to one of his gigs is a must. There these songs will come alive a way that no level of recording will ever capture.
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on 18 May 2009
This is the first Christy Moore CD I have bought but it won't be the last. I saw a You tube video of John O'Dreams and found this song was to be on his forthcoming CD called Listen. I ordered the CD from Amazon before it was released and it arrived on the release day. The main impression I received was of the beautiful melodies eg Listen, Does this train stop on merseyside, China Waltz, Barrowland, Gortatagort. Even the protest songs like Duffy's Cut and The Disappeared have strong tunes. Fun songs like Ballad of Ruby Walsh and Riding the High Stool are humorous with a point to make. Rory is Gone, a tribute to Rory Gallagher is a weak link but is compensated for with Pink Floyd's Shine on you crazy diamond.
The old Billy Fury song, I Will is performed by Declan Sinnott, Christy Moore's excellent guitar player. John O'Dreams, of course is beautifully done.
One weak track more than compensated for by some excellent songs. My first Christy Moore, I'm looking forward already to his next.
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on 8 April 2009
This is the long awaited album for which Christy's universe of fans have been yearning .Some of the songs have been previewed in concerts and as always come over exceptionally well."Merseyside" is an amazing song and last year in Liverpool the author was present when Christy sang it.Christy writes on his web site that it's important to select and perform exceptional songs by other writers. He also puts himself down as a songwriter which is so unfair. Buy this album. Enjoy it aand if you are a new convert then delve into past works buy some and enjoy what we have been going on about for years.Christy Moore is special . He caresses every song he writes, discovers and sings, he respects his fans (we are his friends), is a well rooted person and makes our world a better place.Make your world a better place in which to live;do your own life a favour and buy this album.You won't regret it.
Colin R Wales
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on 6 February 2010
Being of the 40+ music lovers have grown up with Christy and being Irish love all his music....but I have to say this is a quality recording, his voice comes alive in the room unlike other works....I have not taken this album off since playing it....not one for the car, more a quiet room, a beer and relax.....thanks Christy.
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on 2 November 2009
Once again the master has excelled himself. This album is brilliant and an absolute classic. I cannot recommend this highly enough - buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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on 22 April 2009
How can an old Irish folk singer do justice to a Pink Floyd classic?

By doing it his way, that's how, because he's a great interpreter of songs who can reveal fresh meaning from the very familiar.

There is more to this CD than one unexpected cover version - the very excellent title track for one thing - but if you are in need of a good example of the genius of Christy Moore with which to convince the uninitiated, then it would be a great track to pick. In terms of conveying deep human emotion, no one is better.
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