Looking Back [Curb]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
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: 3/14/1995
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187771826
  • Catalog Number: 77718

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Sister (4:20)
  2. 2 No Frontiers (3:57)
  3. 3 Summer Sent You (3:54)
  4. 4 Columbus (5:11)
  5. 5 Adam At The Window (4:12)
  6. 6 Bright Blue Rose (4:00)
  7. 7 Looking Forward (3:32)
  8. 8 Only a Woman's Heart (3:47)
  9. 9 Vanities (4:21)
  10. 10 The Loving Time (4:27)
  11. 11 Carolina Rua (2:33)
  12. 12 Ellis Island (5:19)
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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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