The Songs I Love So Wellby Phil Coulter
Irish music superstar Phil Coulter -- the man behind bestselling Celtic new age albums like Sea of Tranquility, Highland Cathedral, and a number of Bay City Rollers songs -- returns to his favorite task, songwriting. Raiding his own catalogue, the composer sings and plays keyboards on 14 gems that mine the deep Celtic folk tradition of meaningful lyrics. Intensely personal and occasionally sentimental, Coulter's songs confront difficult subjects. "My Old Man" addresses a father's death; the wrenching confession "My Boy" explains an impending divorce; and "Scorn Not His Simplicity" was written in 1973 to come to terms with his son's Down syndrome . "Keep a Candle in the Window" was inspired by the story of a runaway child, while "Yesterday's Men" shares the wrenching hardships of a factory closing. Two songs -- "The Man from God Knows Where" and "The Town I Loved So Well" -- address the tragic political situation in Ireland; the latter was voted one of the best songs of the millennium by the Irish people. Coulter's songs are easily accessible, with healthy streaks of raw emotion and tender sentiment. His piano accompaniment is strong yet elegant, with just enough keyboards, guitars, and background vocals to fill out the picture and bring the stories alive. It's enough to make one homesick for the Emerald Isle -- a sentiment that Coulter foments even more with "Home Away from Home," "Take Me Home," and "Going Home for Christmas." The Songs I Love So Well may be a bit too syrupy for some, but the master tunesmith's songs are refreshingly honest and evocative.
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Performance CreditsPhil Coulter Primary Artist
Ronan Keating Track Performer
Technical CreditsPhil Coulter Arranger
Tony Harris Engineer
Tim Martin Engineer
Frank Gallagher Arranger
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The appeal of this music spans all age groups- I am a mom of 5 and my youngest is 16. He enjoys this music and has been searching You Tube for more! Being an Irish American- I was removed from the troubles that my ancestors faced in Ireland. This CD has made me curious enough to investigate and read- so as to better understand the powerful tracks , The Man From God Knows Where and The Town I Loved So Well. It is wonderful to hear Phil sing his own songs. The other songs are wonderful also- though Steal Away, Yesterday's Men, and The Old Man- I was a fan of them from Celtic Thunder- but they have become more dear to me after hearing Phil sing them.
I have had many of Phil Coulter's cd's before, and NEVER expected to be so disappointed. His singing sounds like its a "joke", or not meant to heard by others. If he was on key, you could of fooled me!
What in the world was he thinking? I just don't understand it how this was published. If there was a way to remove his voice and leave the music I would do it.
Phil has so much great instrumental work, but vocals is not his strength.
I could listen to this album every day. Phil Coulter is a true folk singer...music and words from the heart. What a pleasure to be able to hear the music from our roots with such feeling. I wish he would do more like this.