The Best of the Original Dubliners

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The original Dubliners -- Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Bourke, and John Sheahan -- are represented on 51 songs cut between 1967 and 1972, starting naturally with "Seven Drunken Nights." The diversity of material encompasses drinking songs, ballads depicting romantic folly, sea shanties, covers of songs by Ewan MacColl and Pete Seeger among others, and also political songs, with numerous variations and permutations. Among the great moments captured here is a live rendition of "Molly Maguires," which is simply transcendent in its intensity and passion, followed by "McAlpine's Fusiliers" live from another venue, as restrained as the prior number is boisterous...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The original Dubliners -- Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Bourke, and John Sheahan -- are represented on 51 songs cut between 1967 and 1972, starting naturally with "Seven Drunken Nights." The diversity of material encompasses drinking songs, ballads depicting romantic folly, sea shanties, covers of songs by Ewan MacColl and Pete Seeger among others, and also political songs, with numerous variations and permutations. Among the great moments captured here is a live rendition of "Molly Maguires," which is simply transcendent in its intensity and passion, followed by "McAlpine's Fusiliers" live from another venue, as restrained as the prior number is boisterous until the banjo break, when it takes on a larger-than-life quality. Besides the leadoff song, highlights such as "Whiskey in the Jar," "All for Me Grog," and "The Rising of the Moon" those just from their albums Seven Drunken Nights and More of the Hard Stuff are worth the price of admission, and there's a lot more here -- indeed, the contents of more than half a dozen LPs have been shuffled and jumbled up among the three discs, and the producers weren't afraid to draw upon live and studio renditions of the same songs, which only increases the fun. The remasterings all date from the mid-'90s and sound just fine -- even the backing voices are well-delineated, in textures that were only hinted at on the original LPs -- and unlike most of the EMI Gold series, this release even contains some annotation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724358448825
  • Catalog Number: 584488
  • Sales rank: 44,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seven Drunken Nights (3:46)
  2. 2 Black Velvet Band (4:30)
  3. 3 Whiskey in the Jar (3:01)
  4. 4 All for Me Grog (3:02)
  5. 5 The Rising of the Moon (2:39)
  6. 6 I Wish I Were Back in Liverpool (4:02)
  7. 7 The Bonny Boy (3:30)
  8. 8 The Fairmoye Lasses and Sporting Paddy (1:57)
  9. 9 Maid of the Sweet Brown Knowe (2:05)
  10. 10 Molly Maruires (2:18)
  11. 11 McAlpine's Fusiliers (2:56)
  12. 12 Greenland Whale Fishery (3:09)
  13. 13 Biddy Mulligan (2:01)
  14. 14 The Musical Priest/Blackthorn Stick (2:38)
  15. 15 Navvy Boots (2:47)
  16. 16 Champion at Keeping Them Rolling (2:45)
  17. 17 I Know My Love (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm a Rover (4:52)
  2. 2 Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man (3:30)
  3. 3 Nancy Whiskey (2:39)
  4. 4 A Pub With No Beer (2:29)
  5. 5 Seven Deadly Sins (2:44)
  6. 6 Black Velvet Band (4:10)
  7. 7 A Nation Once Again (2:44)
  8. 8 The Partin' Glass (2:27)
  9. 9 Poor Paddy on the Railway (2:52)
  10. 10 Kelly, The Boy from Killan (2:32)
  11. 11 Lowlands of Holland (2:15)
  12. 12 The Breeze (2:22)
  13. 13 Alabama 58 (3:21)
  14. 14 The Night Visiting Song (3:27)
  15. 15 Cork Hornpipe (2:05)
  16. 16 Poor Old Dicey Riley (1:41)
  17. 17 Whiskey on a Sunday (2:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Dirty Old Town (2:54)
  2. 2 Whiskey in the Jar (3:13)
  3. 3 The Old Triangle (2:02)
  4. 4 The Galway Races (3:19)
  5. 5 Peggy Gordon (3:46)
  6. 6 The Irish Navy (2:26)
  7. 7 Net Hauling Song (2:12)
  8. 8 The Battle of Somme/Freedom Come All Ye (4:52)
  9. 9 Smith of Bristol (2:30)
  10. 10 Tibby Dunbar (1:46)
  11. 11 The Leavin' of Liverpool (6:15)
  12. 12 The Beggar Man (2:35)
  13. 13 Rattling Roaring Willie (1:50)
  14. 14 School Days Over (3:01)
  15. 15 Louse House in Kilkenny (3:11)
  16. 16 Mrs. McGrath (2:22)
  17. 17 Seven Drunken Nights (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dubliners Primary Artist
Barney McKenna Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor Banjo, Melodeon, Group Member
Ciarán Bourke Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, tin whistle, Group Member
Ronnie Drew Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Luke Kelly Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Group Member
John Sheahan Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Concertina, Vocals, tin whistle, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Peggy Seeger Composer
The Dubliners Composer
Thomas Davis Composer
Leon Rosselson Composer
McLean Arranger
Paula Kavanagh Composer
Johnny Kelly Composer
Barney McKenna Composer
Brendan Behan Composer
Ciarán Bourke Composer
Ronnie Drew Composer
John O'Regan Liner Notes
Luke Kelly Composer
Traditional Composer
John Sheahan Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I liked this CD the best of all they have done.I had a set of three CD's before of the Dubliners that was all done "live". But we have our house up for sell and some one took it! We used to play that one just in March. This one we listen to all the time. If you like the traditional sound of Irish music you will love this CD. We take this Cd of the Dubliners on road trips, it make the car ride seem not so long. Our 16 year old daughter asks if she can listen to it. And normally we hear "let me put my ear plugs in before you start your CD".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dubliners, keep that music UP!

    This cd must be their best one! Ever since their 45th annniversary, we'll still remember the originals and their best!

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