Looking Back [Curb]

Looking Back [Curb]

by Mary Black
     
 

Looking Back was the first release from Mary Black's U.S. label, Curb Records. It was intended to introduce one of Ireland's top-selling pop stars to American audiences. Much of the record does what its title suggests, featuring some of the best songs from four of Black's Gifthorse releases: Without the Fanfare (1985)See more details below

Overview

Looking Back was the first release from Mary Black's U.S. label, Curb Records. It was intended to introduce one of Ireland's top-selling pop stars to American audiences. Much of the record does what its title suggests, featuring some of the best songs from four of Black's Gifthorse releases: Without the Fanfare (1985), No Frontiers (1989), Babes in the Wood (1991), and Holy Ground (1993). The tracks from those albums are well chosen. Most of them are carefully arranged with mellow resonance. The slow jazz ballad "Columbus" and the more traditional Jimmy McCarthy favorite, "Bright Blue Rose," are interpreted especially effectively. But Looking Back also contains three previously unreleased tracks aimed directly at American tastes, and it is here that the consistency of the record begins to suffer. Among the new songs, "Only a Woman's Heart" is the sole success. It is a cover of a song by Eleanor McEvoy, another Irishwoman who found an audience across the Atlantic, re-imagined as a beautiful folk duet with one of America's most distinctive female vocalists, Emmylou Harris. The other two new tracks (Shane Howard's "Soul Sister" and John Gorka's "Looking Forward") are buried in overly perky keyboard and saxophone arrangements that lack the subtlety of most of the older recordings. In retrospect, those songs seem to foreshadow the ill-advised gloss pop sound of Shine, Black's 1997 L.A. studio debut. Looking Back is generally best when it does just that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/1995
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187771826
catalogNumber:
77718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Synthesizer,Bouzouki
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Track Performer
Liam Bradley   Vocals
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion,Accordion,Drums
Pat Crowley   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Early   Percussion,Drums
Noel Eccles   Percussion,Drums
Garvan Gallagher   Bass,Double Bass
Carl Geraghty   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass
Declan Sinnott   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Begley   Synthesizer
Frank Gallagher   Synthesizer,Fiddle,tin whistle
Bill Shanley   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mary Black   Producer
Jimmy MacCarthy   Composer
Andrew Boland   Engineer
Pearse Dunne   Engineer,Remixing
Noel Eccles   Producer
Dan Fitzgerald   Engineer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Declan Sinnott   Producer
Eleanor McEvoy   Producer
Mark Miller   Remixing
Philip Begley   Engineer
Billy Robinson   Engineer
Noel Brazil   Composer
Thom Moore   Composer

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