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4.6 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 9 November 2013
The word "legend" is often overused, however, in the case of Christy Moore, I would consider it to be completely justified as he truly is one of the giants of Irish folk music. He has written and interpreted songs which tell beautifully descriptive stories, battle against prejudice and injustices, speak of drinking, romancing, dancing, being caught in the working class trap and many other subjects, usually with a dash of likeable humour. It also documents life in Ireland over the past century, the highs, lows, the deadly serious and the trivial, all with Christy's very individual take on it.

Although this huge three-disc collection is labelled as a retrospective, there are two new tracks and the other forty-three tracks have all been re-recorded by Christy and long-time collaborator Declan Sinnott (amongst others), so this isn't your usual greatest hits package and will be of great interest to admirers of Moore's music. Indeed, there are some tracks that have been omitted that you will be surprised by, if you are a fan of Christy's, but there is a certain near-live (a couple of tracks are actually live) character to this massive collection, so listening to this album, from start to finish, is like sitting through one of Christy's wonderful live shows (something I did last month), albeit without his enjoyable ad-libs.

As this is such as massive collection, I simply cannot begin to talk about the merits of individual songs, otherwise I would be typing and enthusing all day - it's pretty much all fantastic stuff. One thing I will say to surmise the content of this album is that if I could put my finger on one defining characteristic of Christy's music, it would be his honesty. Whether singing about politics or matters of the heart, there is a fierce humanity in his lyrics and all of these songs chosen for this collection have been written by Moore himself (although some have been co-written, such as "North and South of the Border", with Bono and The Edge), so you get a wonderfully rich and broad taste of the man's work and words. This makes "Where I Come From" a rather good starting point for anybody curious soul wanting to find out what Christy's music is all about, however, this is far from a definitive compilation of his songs, so it leaves the listener with plenty of brilliant songs yet to discover.
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on 17 July 2014
Christy Moore is nothing short of a genius. His songs portray fabulous stories, some poignant, some true and often humorous, he is without doubt a master story teller and a fine musician to boot. If you want to get to the heart of Irish music, Christy, for me, is there. His songs are often seen as having a political edge but the truth of the matter is Christy is a great humanitarian and sings about injustice not politics something which I identified with from the very start.

The humorous songs are laugh out loud, the injustice songs bring tears to your eyes and the love songs are truly beautiful. Anything by Christy Moore is worth having and this is no exception. As you can probably tell, I cannot recommend Christy and his music highy enough.
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on 24 August 2016
Fantastic. Songs sung with emotion and passion
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on 28 November 2017
I have enjoyed Christy Moore for decades and am very pleased to have these recordings.
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on 16 September 2015
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on 8 May 2016
Reworking of the classics
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on 21 February 2017
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on 17 October 2015
Very good album I'm very pleased with it
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on 20 November 2013
You know exactly what to expect from Christy Moore, foot tapping songs, with a lovely voice to boot. Some classic songs in this collection, especially Joxter which brings back fantastic memories of World Cup Football
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on 1 May 2014
Great musicianship, humorous particularly to those who know Ireland but great fun away. I love it.
I've known Christie Moore's work for years and the updating of some of the lyrics has shades of Gilbert and Sullivan productions that are updated to increase relevance to younger listeners as well as using historical social attitudes and fashions to amuse the faithful listeners who remember previous recordings.
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