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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
The pride of Newfoundland, Great Big Sea are a great big deal in Canada and as of 1997 have made inroads into pockets of Europe. With their third album, is the time is right to make their presence known elsewhere? Play has all the makings of a breakthrough album. It is superbly produced by Danny Greenspoon, who successfully combines the traditional maritime and Celtic music of Newfoundland with modern rock tendencies. It is chock full of catchy folk-rock anthems, and has major-label affiliation; plus, worldwide interest in Celtic rock has grown immensely throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. Some may scoff or roll their eyes at the notion, but GBS, with their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
The pride of Newfoundland, Great Big Sea are a great big deal in Canada and as of 1997 have made inroads into pockets of Europe. With their third album, is the time is right to make their presence known elsewhere? Play has all the makings of a breakthrough album. It is superbly produced by Danny Greenspoon, who successfully combines the traditional maritime and Celtic music of Newfoundland with modern rock tendencies. It is chock full of catchy folk-rock anthems, and has major-label affiliation; plus, worldwide interest in Celtic rock has grown immensely throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. Some may scoff or roll their eyes at the notion, but GBS, with their strong lead vocals, calculated harmonies, and regional yet universally identifiable themes, musters up idle speculation as to how a modern-day Dubliners might manifest themselves. Great Big Sea proves that they are fully capable of creating intelligent hook-abundant songs like "Seagulls," "My Apology" and "Something I Should Know," but their forte definitely lies in the reworking and modernizing of Newfoundland folk songs. The rollicking "Night Pat Murphy Died" features some fine accordion playing by Bob Hallett and boisterous vocals by all. Those wonderful harmonies steal the show on "Donkey Riding," which tells of the unenviable task of manhandling winches, ropes and chains aboard sailing ships in all types of weather. The a cappella "General Taylor" contains a marvelous but uncredited bass vocal line, and "Jakey's Gin" is a roguish, Pogues-like ditty; all infectious as the dickens. Amid the exceptional selection of original and traditional songs, GBS found room to cover cuts by R.E.M. and Oysterband. Fans of the latter will love this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Wea International
  • UPC: 706301859223
  • Catalog Number: 18592
  • Sales rank: 246,442

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Great Big Sea Primary Artist
Al Cross Drums
Jim Cuddy Background Vocals
Danny Greenspoon Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Greg Keelor Background Vocals
Rick Lazar Percussion, Conga
Ross Murray Percussion, Drums
Sean McCann Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Bodhran
Kyle MacNeil Fiddle
Lucy MacNeil Fiddle
Kid Thomas Drums, Spoons
Alan Doyle Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bob Hallett Fiddle, Concertina, Vocals, Mandola, tin whistle, Button Accordion
Darrell Power Bass, Harmonica, Trombone, Vocals
Technical Credits
Great Big Sea Arranger
Danny Greenspoon Producer, Engineer
Colin Hay Composer
Bill Kipper Mastering
Fergus O'Byrne Arranger
Ross Murray Engineer
Andrew MacNaughtan Art Direction
Sean McCann Composer
Bob Hallett Liner Notes
Pat James overdub engineer
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