Libertango

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Part of Sharon Shannon's appeal -- besides her huge ability on both accordion and fiddle -- is her willingness to ignore musical boundaries and color outside the liens, as she's shown on previous albums. With Libertango she does that, but this time the results aren't as successful as they've been in the past. The opener, "The Whitestrand Sling," mixes her playing with a Latin brass section in a combination that works surprisingly well, then she goes and ruins the moment with a dour take on the Fleetwood Mac chestnut "Albatross" that never makes it off the ground. Sinéad O'Connor sings on a couple of cuts, and a vocal from the late Kirsty MacColl graces a superb version of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Part of Sharon Shannon's appeal -- besides her huge ability on both accordion and fiddle -- is her willingness to ignore musical boundaries and color outside the liens, as she's shown on previous albums. With Libertango she does that, but this time the results aren't as successful as they've been in the past. The opener, "The Whitestrand Sling," mixes her playing with a Latin brass section in a combination that works surprisingly well, then she goes and ruins the moment with a dour take on the Fleetwood Mac chestnut "Albatross" that never makes it off the ground. Sinéad O'Connor sings on a couple of cuts, and a vocal from the late Kirsty MacColl graces a superb version of Astor Piazzolla's title cut which originally saw the light of day in 1996. Perhaps the strangest, and certainly most intriguing, cut is "An Phailistin" featuring Roisin Elsafty, a Gaelic language piece about the suffering of the Palestinians. Heartfelt as it is, the happy instrumental accompaniment is strikingly at odds with the subject. Then the closer, "What You Make It Dad Da Da Da" brings in rapper Marvel; nice idea, and it works better than it should. So, ultimately, a hit-and-miss grab bag from Shannon. But she can never be accused of complacency, and for every experiment that doesn't work, there's one that does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397439228
  • Catalog Number: 974392
  • Sales rank: 218,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Whitestrand Sling
  2. 2 Libertango @@ Kirsty McColl
  3. 3 Duncan’s
  4. 4 An Phailistín @@ Roísín Elsafty and the Elsafty family
  5. 5 Albatross
  6. 6 Hogs & Heifers
  7. 7 The Seven Rejoices of Mary @@ Sinéad O'Connor
  8. 8 All the Ways You Wander @@ Pauline Scanlon
  9. 9 The Burst Mattress
  10. 10 Space Party
  11. 11 Anachie Gordon @@ Sinéad O'Connor
  12. 12 The Wishing Well
  13. 13 What You Make It (da da da) @@ Marvel & Lady K
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sharon Shannon Primary Artist, Fiddle, Accordion, Vocals, Various, Low Whistle, Group Member
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Bodhran, Vocal Harmony
Kirsty MacColl Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Murray Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Vocal Harmony, Group Member
James Blennerhassett Double Bass, Group Member
Richie Buckley Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Nollaig Casey Fiddle, Viola
Steve Cooney Guitar
James Delaney Piano, Hammond Organ, Group Member
Graham Henderson Piano
Trevor Hutchinson Double Bass
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Reynolds Drums
Steve Wickham Fiddle
Mary Shannon Banjo, Mandolin, Group Member
Ray Fean Drums
Stephen McDonnell Trumpet, Group Member
Jason Duffy Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Rupert Christie Bass
Lady K Background Vocals
Karl Ronan Trombone, Group Member
Pauline Scanlon Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Danny Byrt Percussion
Treasa Ni Cheannabháin Vocal Harmony
Hassan Elsafty Vocal Harmony
Naisrín Elsafty Vocal Harmony
Róisín Elsafty Vocals
Zahrah Elsafty Vocal Harmony
Wild Bullocks Track Performer
Marvel Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dónal Lunny Composer, Producer
Billy McComiskey Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Jim Murray Arranger
Tommy Peoples Composer
Sharon Shannon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richie Buckley Arranger
Peter Green Composer
Trevor Hutchinson Arranger
Tim Martin Engineer
Chris Newman Composer
Sinéad O'Connor Arranger
Ian Stanley Engineer
Steve Wickham Arranger
John Dunford Producer, Audio Production
Mary Shannon Arranger, Composer
Keith McDonnell Engineer
Ciaran Byrne Engineer
Peter Browne Composer
John Spillane Composer
Richard Forde Engineer
Traditional Composer
D.R. MacDonald Composer
Rupert Christie Composer, Programming, Producer
Robyn Robins Mastering
Nóirín Ní Riain Arranger
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