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This is actually the best of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem in the '60s, rather than a career-spanning anthology. All but one of the tracks were recorded between 1961 and 1969, the exception being "Johnson's Motor Car," recorded in 1987 and released in 1994. The Clancy Brothers found their greatest popularity in the '60s, though, so this 16-song compilation is a reasonable representation of their most renowned material. Their live sound is emphasized over their studio one, with 11 of the songs culled from concerts in various years and locations. "The Rising of the Moon," "Irish Rover," and "Patriot Game" are the tunes that might be apt to strike the most familiar chords. "A Nation Once Again," a studio cut with marching drum, actually makes for a welcome variation from the more informal arrangements of their live repertoire. As a whole the disc is consistent, stirringly sung and played Irish folk music, as to be expected from acknowledged top practitioners of the form. Even if you have a few Clancy Brothers Columbia albums already, you might be missing a good deal of these cuts, as no less than seven were recorded in the '60s but not first released until the '90s.

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My dictionary defines "explicit" thus: plainly stated; definite; outspoken. That must be why the dear old Clancy's have been saddled with these ridiculous warnings of "explicit content" and "parental advisory!" These four guys in jumpers created an enormous stir way back when this was released, kick-starting a million ballad groups in Ireland, and inspiring Bob Dylan (and many more) in the U.S. Whilst this sounds decidedly "tame" to modern ears, this is well worth buying if you're a fan of The Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly. Trace a line back through the Pogues, The Wolfe Tones and The Dubliners, and this is where you end up!


Formed: Cork, Ireland

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Clancy Brothers are a family of singing Irish expatriates who have been important figures in re-popularizing their native music in North America and are still among the most internationally renowned Irish folk bands. Some even credit the band as important figures in starting the folk revival of the '50s and '60s. The Clancys, Tom, Pat and Liam were born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tiperrary, Ireland to a family of nine, all of whom were musically inclined. Tom and Pat emigrated to New York around...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter, Europe, Contemporary Folk, Traditional Celtic
  • Released: 19 February 2001
  • Parental Advisory

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