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The Clancy Brothers with Robbie O'Connell
Tunes 'n' Tales of Ireland

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  • Tunes 'n' Tales of Ireland
    • 1988 - Folk Era FE 2061 CD
  • Track List:
    1. Wild Colonial Boy
    2. Jug Of Punch
    3. Master McGrath
    4. William Bloat
    5. Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Ewan MacColl)
    6. Eddystone Light
    7. Bantry Girl's Lament
    8. Pub With No Beer
    9. Off To Philadelphia
    10. I'm A Freeborn Man (Ewan MacColl)
    11. Sister Josephine (Jake Thackray)
    12. Finnegan's Wake
    13. Wild Rover
    14. Rising Of The Moon
    15. Parting Glass

  • The Clancy Brothers with Robbie O'Connell
    • Paddy Clancy: Vocals and Harmonica
    • Tom Clancy: Vocals
    • Bobby Clancy: Vocals, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Banjo
    • Robbie O'Connell: Vocals and Guitar
  • Credits
    • Producer: Steve Fiott
    • Executive Producer: Allan Shaw, Steve Fiott
    • Engineer: Dr. Toby Mountain
    • Editing: Steve Fiott, Dr. Toby Mountain
    • Photography: Steve Fiott
  • Notes:
    • This was the last full album by the Clancy Brothers with Tom Clancy, who passed away in 1990.

Review by Sean McGuinness

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The second release from the Paddy, Tom, Bobby, O'Connell line-up. Bobby called this album "crap." Paddy was a bit more diplomatic when saying that it wasn't their "best effort." Although this is a live recording, it sounds as if the audience is in a land far far away. To top things off, the album is mixed very badly and sounds muddy. This is by far the worst live recording they have ever made and is available on CD.

The only three tracks worth mentioning are "Master McGrath", which is a different version altogether from the version on the "In Concert" album, "Sister Josephine" sung by Robbie O'Connell, and "Off To Philadelphia", an old music hall song sung by Tom. Other than these tracks, this CD features inferior versions of songs that have been recorded countless numbers of times and songs which really shouldn't have been done at all (i.e. "Eddystone Light", "Bantry Girls Lament" and "Pub With No Beer"). There is some good stage banter, however.

I rate this CD a C-.

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