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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There are several perfectly good reasons why Black 47, despite a huge industry buzz upon the release of their self-produced debut in 1992, have never met with significant commercial success. Singer and bandleader Larry Kirwan blames "an incredibly stupid and shortsighted music industry." He's probably onto something there. But his frequently embarrassing lyrics and always execrable singing probably have something to do with it, too. That said, Black 47 may be one of the best live bands in the country: at their best, their combination of traditional Irish tunes, pure rock energy and frequent digressions into hip-hop and reggae forms make for a thrilling ride. In the live ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There are several perfectly good reasons why Black 47, despite a huge industry buzz upon the release of their self-produced debut in 1992, have never met with significant commercial success. Singer and bandleader Larry Kirwan blames "an incredibly stupid and shortsighted music industry." He's probably onto something there. But his frequently embarrassing lyrics and always execrable singing probably have something to do with it, too. That said, Black 47 may be one of the best live bands in the country: at their best, their combination of traditional Irish tunes, pure rock energy and frequent digressions into hip-hop and reggae forms make for a thrilling ride. In the live context, Kirwan's ham-fisted lyrics and approximate pitch are easy to ignore in favor of the band's expert accompaniment, especially Chris "Seanchai" Byrne's Uillean pipes and Gaelic toasting. Call them the American Pogues if you like; that sums up the gestalt of it as well as any other comparison. This live album includes all the favorites, most of them in performances far superior to their studio versions: note in particular the joyful crowd participation on "Funky Ceili" and the way that an adaptation of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" segues neatly into "We're Desperate." Sure, "Fanatic Heart" is completely over the top, but that's the way it's supposed to be. It's about James Connolly, for crying out loud, and Kirwan thinks of himself as a latter day Patrick Pearse. The music, focus on the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • Label: Gadfly
  • UPC: 076605224820
  • Catalog Number: 248
  • Sales rank: 243,519

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Little Birds (3:55)
  2. 2 Desperate (4:55)
  3. 3 Funky Ceili (5:52)
  4. 4 Green Suede Shoes (3:56)
  5. 5 Walk All The Days (5:27)
  6. 6 The Reels (5:28)
  7. 7 Fanatic Heart (7:07)
  8. 8 James Connolly (6:41)
  9. 9 Different Drummer (3:48)
  10. 10 40 Shades Of Blue (7:21)
  11. 11 Maria's Wedding (6:35)
  12. 12 Like A Rolling Stone (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black 47 Primary Artist
Geoffrey Blythe Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Byrne Vocals, Bodhran, uillean pipes, tin whistle
Thomas Hamlin Percussion, Drums
Larry Kirwan Guitar, Vocals
Fred Parcells Trombone, Vocals, tin whistle
Andrew Goodsight Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Dann Mastering
Larry Kirwan Producer
David Kumin Mastering
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RUPs review

    I think this is one of the best collection of live songs on the market. Black 47 is a awesome clash of rap, reggay, rock, pipes, and traditional. Rock on!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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