Tears of Stone

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The latest effort by the most important Irish band of the last 20 years shows that even after 30-odd albums, Paddy Moloney still has plenty of juice to spare. The chief Chieftain continues his predilection for guest stars on this "women's album," featuring vocalists from all over the world interpreting some Irish classics. Some of the singers are renewing associations with the band: Sissel, the Norwegian siren of TITANIC soundtrack fame also joined the band on the Grammy-winning THE LONG JOURNEY HOME, as did Sinéad O'Connor. Other pairings are unique: Joan Osborne's Kentucky roots reach out to "Raglan Road"; Canada's Loreena McKennitt and Joni Mitchell take inspired ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The latest effort by the most important Irish band of the last 20 years shows that even after 30-odd albums, Paddy Moloney still has plenty of juice to spare. The chief Chieftain continues his predilection for guest stars on this "women's album," featuring vocalists from all over the world interpreting some Irish classics. Some of the singers are renewing associations with the band: Sissel, the Norwegian siren of TITANIC soundtrack fame also joined the band on the Grammy-winning THE LONG JOURNEY HOME, as did Sinéad O'Connor. Other pairings are unique: Joan Osborne's Kentucky roots reach out to "Raglan Road"; Canada's Loreena McKennitt and Joni Mitchell take inspired turns in front of this most adventurous traditional outfit. The resultant blend of pop smarts and timeless Irish song craft is irresistible. No wonder TEARS OF STONE became the venerable Chieftains' first No. 1 album in their homeland.
All Music Guide - Susan Cruickshank
This album is a follow-up to the 1995 album The Long Black Veil. The idea is the same: the Chieftains play house band for many guest vocalists and musicians. The difference this time around is that all the musicians and vocalists featured are women. Sinéad O'Connor is the one return performance, and she justifies that honor with her sorrowful and beautiful rendition of the traditional song "Factory Girl." The roster of guests is diverse, and it is a credit to the musical ability of the Chieftains to keep a common thread going and blend their arrangements with all the different voices. Bonnie Raitt sounds just as much an Irish folk singer on her track "A Stor Mo Chrio" as Loreena McKennitt does on her version of "Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure." The trick is that Paddy Maloney's arrangements highlight the unique talents of each guest. Most of the songs are traditional Irish tunes with new arrangements, the exceptions being the haunting "The Magdalene Laundries" written and sung by Joni Mitchell and strange but somehow fitting "Sake in the Jar" written and sung by Akiko Yano. The song features Japanese percussion instruments and should stick out among the distinctly Celtic contributions here, but it blends right in. Paddy Maloney states in the liner notes that the point of the project was to "marry the many-faceted voices of contemporary women artists from around the world with the simple beauty of traditional Irish music." It is a job well done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974869726
  • Catalog Number: 748697
  • Sales rank: 22,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Give All the Heart - The Chieftains & Anúna (2:50)
  2. 2 A Stór Mo Chroí - Bonnie Raitt (3:46)
  3. 3 The Lowlands of Holland - Natalie Merchant (3:46)
  4. 4 The Magdalene Laundries - Joni Mitchell (4:59)
  5. 5 Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór - The Rankin Family (4:37)
  6. 6 I Know My Love - The Corrs (3:54)
  7. 7 Factory Girl (4:23)
  8. 8 Deserted Soldier - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:39)
  9. 9 Ye Rambling Boys of Pleasure - Loreena McKennitt (4:33)
  10. 10 Sake In The Jar - The Chieftains & Akiko Yano (4:28)
  11. 11 Raglan Road - Joan Osborne (6:19)
  12. 12 Siúil a Rún - The Chieftains & Sissel Kyrkjebø (4:35)
  13. 13 The Fiddling Ladies - Natalie MacMaster (10:23)
  14. 14 Danny Boy - Diana Krall (5:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
Derek Bell Harp, Keyboards, Tiompan
Matt Molloy Flute
Joni Mitchell Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt Dobro, Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Russell Malone Guitar
Akiko Yano Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Seán Keane Fiddle
Gospel Jubilees Choir, Chorus
Eileen Ivers Fiddle, Track Performer
Kweyao Agyapon Djembe
Máire Breatnach Fiddle, Track Performer
James Blennerhassett Double Bass
Noel Bridgeman Percussion
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals, Track Performer
Kevin Conneff Bodhran
Martin Fay Fiddle
Rob Hyman Keyboards
Chito Kawachi Japanese Percussion
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle
Zan McLeod Guitar
Arty McGlynn Guitar
Loreena McKennitt Harp, Vocals, Track Performer
Natalie Merchant Vocals, Track Performer
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals, Track Performer
William Wittman Guitar
Diana Krall Vocals, Track Performer
Anúna Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Joan Osborne Vocals, Track Performer
Annbjørg Lien Fiddle, Track Performer
Tracey Dares Piano
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle, Track Performer
John Morris Rankin Piano
Sissel Kyrkjebø Track Performer
Cookie Rankin Vocals
Heather Rankin Vocals
Jimmy Rankin Guitar
Raylene Rankin Vocals
Erik Della Penna Guitar
Nathaniel Townsley Choir, Chorus
Malachy Robinson Double Bass
Caroline Corr Vocals, Bodhran
Andrea Corr Vocals, tin whistle
Sharon Corr Fiddle, Vocals
Jim Corr Guitar
Brenda Fricker Vocals
Hutel Hutchinson Bass
The Screaming Orphans Background Vocals
Una Ni Chanarim Cello
Patrick Fitzgerald Keyboards
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Paddy Moloney Producer
Brian Masterson Engineer
William Wittman Engineer
James OMara Artwork
Takahiro Nochimura Engineer
Kate Ryan Artwork
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Good, But a Bit Mellow

    This collaboration with female artists is another fine concept for the Chieftains. After a couple listens I find that the Joni Mitchell and Sinead O'Connor numbers overshadow the rest. Joni's song, The Magdalene Laundries, is a masterpiece that probably would have been better at the end of the CD. It makes the rest of the collection anticlimactic. The low price makes this a good value purchase for Irish music and Chieftains fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    classic chieftains

    The Chieftains never fail to deliver the goods with a performance that is rich in Irish traditional music but also has an international flavour.The album plays host to many female artists from a variety of musical backrounds. Bonnie Raitt's rendition of ''A Stor mo Chrio'' would be my personal favourite.It is a testomony to the sheer brilliance of the Chieftains that such a variety of musical cultures can be united to create a masterpiece.

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