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Play it Again Sham!

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
This is a delightful collection of 20 singles and B-sides, 17 of which never found their way onto studio albums. Several of these selections have become concert favorites like "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles" and "Michael D. Rocking in the Dail." Many of the remaining tracks possess the youthful exuberance found on earlier albums like If This Is Rock'n'Roll, I Want My Old Job Back and All the Way From Tuam presumably since they were written during that early period. The Saw Doctors playfully mix early rock & roll with punk, country, folk and even Motown and, as is their trademark, compliment the music with themes of youthful lust, small town living, growing up Catholic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
This is a delightful collection of 20 singles and B-sides, 17 of which never found their way onto studio albums. Several of these selections have become concert favorites like "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles" and "Michael D. Rocking in the Dail." Many of the remaining tracks possess the youthful exuberance found on earlier albums like If This Is Rock'n'Roll, I Want My Old Job Back and All the Way From Tuam presumably since they were written during that early period. The Saw Doctors playfully mix early rock & roll with punk, country, folk and even Motown and, as is their trademark, compliment the music with themes of youthful lust, small town living, growing up Catholic and other recurrent identifiers. Lead vocalist Davey Carton compiled this collection so the integrity of the band and what they stand for is preserved. This album is packed full of gems, some familiar to loyal fans, others more obscure like the powerful "Sound Sham." For those who haven't had the experience of seeing this band live or haven't heard the numerous Saw Doctors four-song single releases Play it Again Sham! is indeed the missing link.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Shamtown
  • UPC: 821668100921
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 118,192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Saw Doctors Primary Artist
John Donnelly Drums, Vocals
Anthony Thistlethwaite Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Saxophone, Vocals
Tony Lambert Accordion, Keyboards
Jim Higgins Piano
Derek Murray Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards
Davey Carton Guitar, Vocals
Pearse Doherty Bass, Vocals
Padraig Stevens Percussion, Drums
Leo Moran Guitar, Vocals
Ben Paley Violin
John Burke Guitar, Vocals
Geoff York Viola
Danni Healy Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone
Jimmy Higgins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robin Stowell Violin
Neil Farrell Drum Loop
Sharon McKinley Cello
James Barton Violin
Technical Credits
John Donnelly Composer
Markus Dravs Producer
Tim Lewis Engineer, String Arrangements, String Writing
Phil Tennant Producer
The Saw Doctors Producer
Jim Higgins Producer
Davey Carton Composer, String Arrangements, String Writing
Pearse Doherty Composer, String Arrangements, String Writing
Adrian Moore Engineer
Padraig Stevens Producer
Leo Moran Composer, Liner Notes
John Burke Composer, String Arrangements, String Writing
John Lunn Engineering
Pearse Gilmore Engineer
David Apsley Engineering
Mike Edgar Producer
Tommy Shea Liner Notes
Kenny Ralph Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Play it again & again

    The newest release from the Saw Doctors is not the “new” album that fans have been hoping for, but more of a “greatest hits” compilation. Play It Again Sham! opens with the UK top 40 hit “World of Good” & continues with assorted b-sides & singles such as “Small Bit of Love”, "I'd Love To Kiss the Bangles", the hurling player’s anthem “Small Ball” & live favorites such as “Michael D Rocking in the Dali” & “Bless Me Father”, which has found a permanent position on the band’s set list. After listening to a group of songs that make you wonder “why didn’t that make it on to a major release?” the album wraps up with the live version of “Where’s the Party?” An ageless tale of college life that still lives on at universities worldwide. Davy Carton, the bands lead singer shed some light on how Play It Again Sham! came to be. He said that there was always someone on the band’s message board asking them to play this song or that or where could they find “that song” they heard at a gig. So he compiled the wide assortment of songs, used the name that a friend had suggested originally for the band’s second album and here it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    takes a few listens

    Not the first albumn I'd buy from the group but a real strong albumn none the less. It took me three listens through to really enjoy it and aprecciate boys work.

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