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Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2
     

The Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2

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by Mary Black
 
Mighty strange, but the Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2 is extremely similar to the import version of the Best of Mary Black, 1991-2000. The second discs of each are, in fact, identical, and include an album that was never released called "Hidden Harvest." Black is Ireland's premier vocalist. She interprets the tradition in many

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Mighty strange, but the Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2 is extremely similar to the import version of the Best of Mary Black, 1991-2000. The second discs of each are, in fact, identical, and include an album that was never released called "Hidden Harvest." Black is Ireland's premier vocalist. She interprets the tradition in many different ways without ever losing it in the arrangements. Her take on pop songs is to render them through the eyes and ears of the great Celtic folk tradition as well. There are, as would be expected, many fine moments on this set, including her readings of Dougie MacLean's "Turning Away," Thom Moore's "Still Believing," Phil Colclough's "Song for Ireland," and Noel Brazil's "The Loving Time." The second disc features some beautiful duet performances, including a duet with Joan Baez -- live, no less -- on Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," "Sonny" with Dolores Keane and Emmylou Harris, and "Bruach Na Carraige Baine," with Seamus Begley. Some other moments here on disc two are beautiful performances of John Lennon's "Across the Universe" (with Noel Bridgeman), the traditional "Ae Fond Kiss," and Mick Hanly's "Without the Fanfare." Purists will call this music "sellout," but then, they never got it anyway. Black is a singer first, a singer of songs, and a terrific interpreter because of her unique manner of placing them in the context of the folk tradition. She is an Irish singer second, and whether it's pop, traditional music, jazz or rock she takes on, the mark on the material is unmistakably her own.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187872424
catalogNumber:
78724

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bodhran
Dolores Keane   Track Performer
Dónal Lunny   Synthesizer,Bouzouki,Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Bouzouki
Emmylou Harris   Track Performer
Paul Brady   Vocals
Máire Breatnach   Synthesizer,Fiddle
James Blennerhassett   Bass,Cello,Double Bass
Fran Breen   Drums
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Track Performer
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle
Steve Cooney   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Hi String
Jim Cox   Hammond Organ
Pat Crowley   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Harmony
Martin Ditcham   Percussion,Drums
Dave Early   Percussion,Drums
Garvan Gallagher   Bass,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Carl Geraghty   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shane Howard   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Klein   Bass,Keyboards
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Liam O'Flynn   uillean pipes
Declan Sinnott   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,spanish guitar,Harmony
Davy Spillane   uillean pipes
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle
Brendan Power   Harmonica
Eleanor McEvoy   Background Vocals
Roy Huskey   Bass
Frank Gallagher   Synthesizer,Fiddle,Conductor,Viola,Whistle (Instrument)
Seamus Begley   Track Performer
Bill Shanley   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Peter Browne   Pipe
Karen Hamill   Background Vocals
Tommy Kane   Viola
Liz Leonard   Violin
Paul OHanlon   Violin

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Producer
Joan Baez   Producer
Mary Black   Producer
Steve Cooney   Producer,Liner Notes
John Harris   Engineer
Shane Howard   Producer
Jon Kelly   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Declan Sinnott   Producer
Eleanor McEvoy   Arranger,String Arrangements
Philip Begley   Producer
Frank Gallagher   Arranger
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Billy Robinson   Engineer,Remixing
Bill Shanley   Producer
John Harris   Engineer

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The Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On ''The Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2'', Mary chronicles her long-desired achievement to be a singer from Ireland rather than an Irish singer. Her early career was filled with beautiful renditions of traditional songs and new material that let her beautiful voice radiate. On Vol. 2, the material, most of it pop and middle-of-the-road, simply doesn't measure up to Mary's talent. The updated ''Song For Ireland 2001'', with the edges rounded out and her bold reading muffled, showcases the transition of Mary's material from showstopping to merely pleasant. The second disc, however, features some real jewels, including live takes of ''I Say A Little Prayer'' and ''Ring Them Bells'' (the latter with Joan Baez).