Chieftains, Vol. 8

Chieftains, Vol. 8

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by The Chieftains
     
 

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The Chieftains' second album for Columbia Records was a distinct departure from the pattern of their previous releases in its structure. The opening number, "The Session," is exuberant enough, but for a change the percussion section is relatively restrained throughout, and it's the whistles (and especially the pipes and the fiddle laterSee more details below

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The Chieftains' second album for Columbia Records was a distinct departure from the pattern of their previous releases in its structure. The opening number, "The Session," is exuberant enough, but for a change the percussion section is relatively restrained throughout, and it's the whistles (and especially the pipes and the fiddle later) that drive the piece, for a "Bolero"-like opening that builds across more than four minutes. And then it's off to the gentle, lyrical "Doctor John Hart," featuring harpist Derek Bell, before the group jumps into the boisterous "Seán Sa Cheo." And so it goes, through the rollicking "If I Had Maggie in the Wood," the lush fiddle showcase "The Dogs Among the Bushes," and the gently sentimental "Miss Hamilton," where plucked stringed instruments of all sorts get to generate their prettiest sounds. The mix of tempos, moods, and timbres alternate markedly throughout this, one of the more rich and diversely textured albums in the group's output, closing out with the seemingly boundless good spirits of "The Wind That Shakes the Barley/The Reel with the Beryl," all pipes and percussion at their brightest. The highlights, in addition to those already named, include the hauntingly lyrical tone poem "Sea Image" -- which one would like to see redone orchestrated with the group -- and the brooding "An Speic Seoigheach." Those are the profoundly serious moments on this record, but there's hardly a moment that's not profoundly beautiful, and not a second that's not worth hearing, over and over.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972423524
catalogNumber:
724235
Rank:
75519

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chieftains   Primary Artist
Derek Bell   Harmonica,Medieval Harp,Irish Harp,Tiompan
Seán Keane   Fiddle,Violin
Kevin Conneff   Bodhran
Martin Fay   Fiddle,Percussion,Violin
Paddy Moloney   Pipe,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes,tin whistle
Sean Potts   Whistle (Instrument),tin whistle
Michael Tubridy   Flute,Concertina,tin whistle

Technical Credits

Derek Bell   Contributor
Seán Keane   Arranger
Doug Bennett   Engineer
Kevin Conneff   Contributor
Martin Fay   Arranger,Contributor
Paddy Moloney   Arranger,Producer
Sean Potts   Arranger
Michael Tubridy   Arranger
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Lawrence Cohn   Reissue Producer
David McGee   Liner Notes
David Mitson   Mastering
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Alan Frame   Liner Notes
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager

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