Spirit of the Nation

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1964's Spirit of the Nation, in retrospect, is one of the oddest albums by the Wolfe Tones. Only the Irish quartet's second release, the album is in the spirited mold of the college folk scene that was so prevalent in the early '60s. Songs like "Protestant Men" and "Paddle Your Own Canoe" have the cheery singalong trio of the Kingston Trio, and it's not until one pays attention to the lyrics of songs like "Padraic Pearse" a ballad about one of the Irish Republican martyrs of the early 20th century that one notices the sharp, biting political commentary so prevalent all over this album. The dichotomy is a little odd at first, and then it seems subversively brilliant; one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1964's Spirit of the Nation, in retrospect, is one of the oddest albums by the Wolfe Tones. Only the Irish quartet's second release, the album is in the spirited mold of the college folk scene that was so prevalent in the early '60s. Songs like "Protestant Men" and "Paddle Your Own Canoe" have the cheery singalong trio of the Kingston Trio, and it's not until one pays attention to the lyrics of songs like "Padraic Pearse" a ballad about one of the Irish Republican martyrs of the early 20th century that one notices the sharp, biting political commentary so prevalent all over this album. The dichotomy is a little odd at first, and then it seems subversively brilliant; one can imagine this album getting slipped onto the turntable during a drunken St. Paddy's Day fraternity bash at some Ivy League college in the '60s and, in the argot of the day, raising a few people's consciousness. The terribly dated sound of the album makes it much more of a relic than most of the Wolfe Tones' early albums, but Spirit of the Nation is at the very least an interesting curio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/1991
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351522825
  • Catalog Number: 52028
  • Sales rank: 121,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wolfe Tones Primary Artist
Tom Byrne Vocals
Derek Warfield Vocals
Brian Warfield Vocals
Pat Keohane Bass Guitar
Noel Nagle Vocals
Technical Credits
Fred Meijer Engineer
Brian Warfield Liner Notes
Bill Somerville-Large Producer
Traditional Composer
Liam Reilly Composer
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