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The Tain

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The most ambitious and successful of their early albums, Horslips' most progressive creation, and maybe the most successful rock concept album ever done. The Tain is rock put into the service of epic storytelling or is it the other way around?, based on the Irish saga Tain Bo Cuailgne "The Cattle Raid of Cooley", part of the Ulster Cycle of Heroic Tales. It tells of war and carnage brought about over the possession of a white bull, inspired by events estimated to have taken place around 500 B.C. This is a long way from Chuck Berry or Little Richard, but it does rock hard, and unlike a lot of progressive rock, The Tain displays considerable tension and momentum. Some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The most ambitious and successful of their early albums, Horslips' most progressive creation, and maybe the most successful rock concept album ever done. The Tain is rock put into the service of epic storytelling or is it the other way around?, based on the Irish saga Tain Bo Cuailgne "The Cattle Raid of Cooley", part of the Ulster Cycle of Heroic Tales. It tells of war and carnage brought about over the possession of a white bull, inspired by events estimated to have taken place around 500 B.C. This is a long way from Chuck Berry or Little Richard, but it does rock hard, and unlike a lot of progressive rock, The Tain displays considerable tension and momentum. Some listeners will detect modest similarities to Jethro Tull's work especially on "Charolais", but there's a lot less meandering here than there is on any Tull album, the flute playing is better, and the material moves forward in a fairly nimble fashion. It would be easy to praise John Fean's guitar, but Jim Lockhart's flute is just as impressive, Charles O'Connor's violin playing is gorgeous, and Eamonn Carr's drumming is dazzling. And the vocals are quite good too, sweet but earthy and honest, and not self-consciously profound -- these boys had ambition, but they weren't full of themselves or too given to pretensions. Irish import
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140703926
  • Catalog Number: 7039
  • Sales rank: 66,837

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Setanta (1:52)
  2. 2 Maeve's Court (1:40)
  3. 3 Charolias (4:03)
  4. 4 The March (1:34)
  5. 5 You Can't Fool the Beast (3:40)
  6. 6 Dearg Doom (3:05)
  7. 7 Ferdia's Song (2:44)
  8. 8 Gae Bolga (1:12)
  9. 9 Cu Chulainn's Lament (3:02)
  10. 10 Faster Than the Hound (5:37)
  11. 11 The Silver Spear (2:01)
  12. 12 More Than You Can Chew (3:15)
  13. 13 The Morrigan's Dream (3:25)
  14. 14 Time to Kill! (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Horslips Primary Artist
Eamonn Carr Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Bodhran
Barry Devlin Bass, Vocals
John Fean Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Lockhart Flute, Violin, Keyboards, Vocals, Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Charles O'Connor Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Concertina, Vocals
Technical Credits
Horslips Producer, Remastering
Barry Devlin Arranger, Composer
Chris Ellis Artwork
John Fean Composer
Jim Lockhart Arranger, Composer
Peter Mew Remastering
Charles O'Connor Arranger, Cover Design
Alan O'Duffy Producer, Engineer
Aaron Carr Composer
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