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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Frances Black has a career made up from various shards of the Celtic music boom from the early '90s. Being the youngest member of the ever musical Black Family right, Mary Black is her older sister she began her recording career with Kieran Goss is 1994. The sound was decidedly more pop oriented without losing the uniquely Irish touches that this sound is rooted in. The music she makes is tender, sometimes melancholy, and yet her voice, walking a line between her sister's combined with the timbre of Nanci Griffith's whose "On Grafton Street" is here with the writer on harmony vocals, is expressive of emotions behind or perhaps beyond the lyrics of the songs she chooses to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Frances Black has a career made up from various shards of the Celtic music boom from the early '90s. Being the youngest member of the ever musical Black Family right, Mary Black is her older sister she began her recording career with Kieran Goss is 1994. The sound was decidedly more pop oriented without losing the uniquely Irish touches that this sound is rooted in. The music she makes is tender, sometimes melancholy, and yet her voice, walking a line between her sister's combined with the timbre of Nanci Griffith's whose "On Grafton Street" is here with the writer on harmony vocals, is expressive of emotions behind or perhaps beyond the lyrics of the songs she chooses to sing. Tammy Rogers "You Will Miss Me" is a high point as well for its melancholy expression, which nonetheless holds acceptance as its M.O. This collection is packed. There are 16 cuts taken from her first six solo records, and a bonus in a reading of the great Ewan MacColl's "Legal Illegal." Black has a very fine understanding of material and places songs that are uniquely suited to her delivery. She understates everything and therefore the song has to be subtle as well. It's true, her work is not for everybody especially traditionalists, but she never tried to make it so. This is Celtic pop of the first order, and this set it a righteous summation of her early career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923441229
  • Catalog Number: 4412
  • Sales rank: 246,631

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frances Black Primary Artist, Vocals
Nanci Griffith Background Vocals
Mary Black Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James Blennerhassett Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Double Bass, Vocal Harmony
Liam Bradley Drums, Background Vocals
Noel Bridgeman Drums
Nollaig Casey Violin, Viola
Roy Dodds Percussion, Drums
Dave Early Drums
Garvan Gallagher Bass
Kieran Goss Guitar, Vocals
Graham Henderson Bouzouki, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Arty McGlynn Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Johnny McDonagh Percussion
Ted Ponsonby Guitar, Background Vocals
Declan Sinnott Guitar
Rod McVey Piano, Keyboards
Patsy Broderick Piano, Keyboards
Aoife Scott Background Vocals
Eoghan Scott Background Vocals
Nicholas Quemener Guitar
Mary Green Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mark Pitcham Drums
Garvin Gallagher Bass Guitar
Patsy Broderick Moyles Keyboards
Lynn Kavanagh Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Composer
Fred Koller Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Jimmy MacCarthy Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Frances Black Producer, Audio Production
P.J. Curtis Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Pearse Dunne Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Julie Gold Composer
Kieran Goss Producer
Richard Leigh Composer
Arty McGlynn Producer, Audio Production
Tammy Rogers Composer
Declan Sinnott Arranger, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Mark E. Nevin Composer
Ciaran Byrne Producer, Audio Production
Don Schlitz Composer
Paul Castle Composer
Traditional Composer
Robyn Robins Remastering
Christie Hennessy Composer
Keiran Goss Audio Production
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