The Chieftains, Vol. 8

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972423524
  • Catalog Number: 724235
  • Sales rank: 46,131

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    VINTAGE CHIEFTAINS!

    Mo Chairde Gael:

    This captures the essence of what the Chieftains are all about--innovative, traditional,timeless, and cutting edge (at the same time!) If you're a fan of the boyo's craic, you'll enjoy it; if you've never heard the Chieftains before, you'll enjoy it! Mo gra, I assure you--you'll enjoy this recording!

    Someday, there will exist a world without the Chieftains in it...I will not wish to be a part of this world!

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