Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes is the audio companion to Black 47 bandleader Larry Kirwan's memoir, Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey. The six brand-new tracks, as well as two re-recorded cuts from previously deleted albums and two songs culled the Wexford-born writer/musician/playwright's numerous side projects, tell the story of an Irish immigrant on the rocky road to America and his eventual slide into the welcoming arms of rock & roll. Black 47 are as New York City as Lou Reed and as working class as Bruce Springsteen, but despite their local iconic status, their bluesy brand of Celtic rock never truly caught on with the general public. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Elvis Murphy's Green Suede Shoes is the audio companion to Black 47 bandleader Larry Kirwan's memoir, Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey. The six brand-new tracks, as well as two re-recorded cuts from previously deleted albums and two songs culled the Wexford-born writer/musician/playwright's numerous side projects, tell the story of an Irish immigrant on the rocky road to America and his eventual slide into the welcoming arms of rock & roll. Black 47 are as New York City as Lou Reed and as working class as Bruce Springsteen, but despite their local iconic status, their bluesy brand of Celtic rock never truly caught on with the general public. Kirwan, who tells stories like Bob Dylan and sings like an even more affected version of Kevin Rowland from Dexys Midnight Runners, is a relentlessly energetic soul, a tireless advocate for the blue-collar pub crawler, and a genuinely talented writer with a band -- whose members still play with the intensity of musicians half their age -- that instinctually follows his every step. It's a shame that so many people can't get past his manic delivery and familial earnestness, because songs like "Far Side of the Wall," "Into the West," and the rousing "Uncle Jim" are what the American experience is all about: love and suffering, drinking, forgiving and acceptance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Gadfly
  • UPC: 076605228927
  • Catalog Number: 289
  • Sales rank: 154,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black 47 Primary Artist
Mick Moloney Banjo
Geoffrey Blythe Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
Mike Fazio Guitar
Thomas Hamlin Drums, Vocals
Larry Kirwan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Stewart Lerman Hammond Organ
Paul Ossola Double Bass
Fred Parcells Trombone, Vocals, tin whistle
Suzzy Roche Vocals
David Tronzo Slide Guitar
Frank Vilardi Drums
Faith Fraioli Glassman Violin
Andrew Goodsight Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Richie Viruet Trumpet
Joseph Mulvanerty Flute, Vocals, Bodhran, uillean pipes
Malachy McCourt Vocals
Technical Credits
Black 47 Arranger
Mark Dann Mastering
Larry Kirwan Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
John Murray Live Sound
Fred Parcells String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Whistle
Ted Young Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Perfect Companion

    With “Elvis Murphy” serving as companion to Larry Kirwan’s 400 page “Green Suede Shoes” memoir, we are once again treated to new music from one of the world’s great musical treasures: Black 47. For first time Black 47 listeners, who maybe arrived at this CD via the companion book, my only wish is that this leads them further to that fountainhead of music which is the entire 15 year of work of Black 47. There are anthems throughout their many records, and with this new record, “The Day They Set Jim Larkin Free” joins the likes of James Connolly and Bobby Sands MP as a Black 47 anthem. Larry Kirwan’s songwriting shares memories with the listener of earlier times in Ireland with a New York club scene feel. The music is political, serious, humorous, passionate, personal and addictive; in short, it is more Black 47.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Won't you consider your options"

    In the vast desert of mediocrity that is contemporary pop music Black47 is a delightful mirage made real. You've got to see them live to really get it but if one album could possibly sum up what they're all about, this is it.

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