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Live at the Point

Christy Moore

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Album Review

In 1997, persistent heart trouble prompted Christy Moore to announce his retirement from live performance. Two years later, he was able to return to the stage briefly before a recurrence of the illness forced him to cancel all scheduled appearances, acknowledging again that his days as a live performer were probably over. If so, the Irish folk world's considerable loss is mitigated slightly by the fact that Christy's masterful 1994 concert album Live at the Point remains as a testament to his extraordinary gift for entertaining audiences. Moore has always been the sort of artist who records albums in support of his live act, not the other way around. A lot of his songs are written with an audience in mind, as was the opening "Welcome to the Cabaret," heard here in a smoldering rendition that makes the 1990 studio recording seem tepid in contrast. It is one of many laugh-out-loud funny performances on the record. Among the others are the anti-drinking song "Delirium Tremens" (in which Moore bids "goodbye to the port and brandy, to the vodka and the stag"), the football fan ballad "Joxer Goes to Stuttgart," and the clever, political satire "The Knock Song," about an unlikely airport in small town Ireland ("Did NATO donate the dough me boys?"). These rollicking comic numbers are interspersed with passionate political anthems ("Go, Move, Shift" "Natives") and quiet traditional ballads ("Black is the Colour," "Cliffs of Dooneen"). There is an energy, a joie de vivre to this recording that is sometimes missing from Christy's studio albums. It captures one of the greatest talents in Irish folk at peak form — something live audiences may never be able to see again.

Customer Reviews

Christy on top form

I cannot actually add anything to the i-tunes review above but desperately need to counteract the paltry 3 stars awarded by 'bobthemaniac'. Please read the i-tunes review if you haven't already done so; it is the absolute truth. Like all of Christy's live albums this one is nothing short of brilliant capturing the warmth, humour and passion of one of his live performances (that's not even the right word, you can use it for a trained seal if you like, but there is no word adequate for what Christy does when he sings on a stage). To have a great voice is enough of a gift but to have also such highly developed powers of interpretation and communication is truly remarkable and makes it makes for a compelling and captivating result. This record deserves at least 5 stars; I totally recommend it.

Kilattle

This guy is the best. The funniest of comedy mixed with a fantastic selection of songs

Brilliant

10/10 love this guy

Biography

Born: 07 May 1945 in Prosperous, County Kildare, Irela

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The older brother of Irish folk-pop singer-songwriter Luka Bloom (Barry Moore), Christy Moore is one of contemporary Irish music's best singer-songwriters. The former lead vocalist and chief songwriter of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards. As a solo singer-songwriter, Moore has continued to add elements of rock and popular music to his well-crafted,...
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