Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration

The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration

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by The Chieftains
     
 

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When the Chieftains invented "crossover," they didn't just cross the Atlantic. In 40 years, they've circumnavigated the musical globe, from Galicia to Hollywood to Mexico to China, not to mention the perhaps even greater distance from their inception as a rowdy young pub band to today's venerable status as a world-class ensemble of stylists. On this retrospective…  See more details below

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When the Chieftains invented "crossover," they didn't just cross the Atlantic. In 40 years, they've circumnavigated the musical globe, from Galicia to Hollywood to Mexico to China, not to mention the perhaps even greater distance from their inception as a rowdy young pub band to today's venerable status as a world-class ensemble of stylists. On this retrospective collection, The Wide World Over, we're reminded that the six-time Grammy winners have also invited the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sinéad O'Connor, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Ricky Scaggs, Sting, Linda Ronstadt, and the Rolling Stones along with them for the journey. (Not to mention Stanley Kubrick.) They've played with Los Lobos, Chinese ensembles, and symphony orchestras, and backed up singers from Diana Krall and Art Garfunkel to Ziggy Marley ("Redemption Song," Ziggy's version of his father's anthem, is one of the set's three previously unreleased gems). Luckily they haven't forgotten in the meantime how to play the tight, majestic, and/or hilarious jigs and reels they came up on. What ties it all together is leader Paddy Moloney's hunger to expand the scope of his little band of aging merry men to face the joyous challenge of music of all stripes, and to bring to each the perfectionist polish he demands. With this time capsule of an album, the Chieftains ably demonstrate how far they've come, and how kind it was of them to take us along.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
In the Chieftains' four decades of recording, they've changed labels a handful of times, and each label has seen fit to record at least one or two collections of the band's output under their tenure. At this point they have so many best-ofs and greatest-hits compilations, it's tough for the listener to know the best of what they're actually hearing. New millennium -- new collection: the band's longtime label, RCA Victor, has done the Celtic community a favor by releasing a collection that deals more with the band's journey through their different phases as opposed to trying to reassemble a hits package. The end result is almost like listening to a radio station that only plays Chieftains songs. There are some live tracks, their countrified romp through "Cotton-Eyed Joe"; Van Morrison's adult-contemporary "Shenandoah"; an unusual introduction of the bandmembers in Chinese; appearances from Sting, Diana Krall, and Art Garfunkel; and a couple of new recordings. The breezy cover of "Morning Has Broken" fares better than the hybridized "Redemption Song" (in fact, it's a challenge to think of any instances of a successful Celtic
eggae alloy). The album will be enjoyed by Chieftains fans as a fun collection of songs they have never heard back-to-back before, and those looking for a greatest-hits collection will have plenty of other places to look.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0090266391721
catalogNumber:
5002997
Rank:
92414

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Tracks

  1. March of the King of Laois
  2. The Foggy Dew (with Sinéad O'Connor and Ry Cooder)
  3. I Know My Love (with The Corrs)
  4. Cotton-Eyed Joe (with Ricky Skaggs)
  5. The Magdalene Laundries (with Joni Mitchell)
  6. Live From Matt Molloy's Pub
  7. Shenandoah (with Van Morrison)
  8. The Munster Cloak
  9. Morning Has Broken (with Art Garfunkel and Diana Krall)
  10. Morning Dew
  11. Mo Ghile Mear (with Sting)
  12. Carolan's Concerto (with the Belfast Harp Orchestra)
  13. Txalaparta
  14. Full of Joy
  15. Here’s a Health to the Company
  16. Chasing the Fox (with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)
  17. Long Journey Home (with Elvis Costello)
  18. The Rocky Road to Dublin (with The Rolling Stones)
  19. Redemption Song (with Ziggy Marley)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chieftains   Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Derek Bell   Harp,Keyboards,Tiompan
Matt Molloy   Flute
Ry Cooder   Electric Guitar,Mandocello
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Art Garfunkel   Vocals,Track Performer
Joni Mitchell   Guitar,Vocals
Rolling Stones   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Track Performer
Erich Kunzel   Conductor
Seán Keane   Fiddle
Jean Butler   Dancer
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Track Performer
Kevin Conneff   Vocals,Bodhran
Paddy Moloney   uillean pipes,tin whistle
Ziggy Marley   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Van Morrison   Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Don Was   Bass,Percussion
Diana Krall   Vocals
Anúna   Choir, Chorus
Carlos Núñez   Bagpipes
Corrs   Track Performer
Sharon Riley   Vocals
Traditional   Track Performer
Faith Chorale   Vocals
Belfast Harp Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Matt Molloy   Arranger
Joe Jackson   Liner Notes
Seán Keane   Arranger
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Chris Kimsey   Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser   Engineer
Paddy Moloney   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Van Morrison   Arranger
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Fiachra Trench   String Arrangements
Don Was   Producer
Robert Woods   Producer
Simon Osborne   Engineer
James OMara   Art Direction
Alastair McMillan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Kate Ryan   Art Direction
Kevin Doyle   Engineer

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The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JohnGaltJR More than 1 year ago
I stuck in the CD and hit the road, I really enjoy the Chieftons, then all of the sudden I am hearing a gailic dialect I have never heard before, sounds more like south of the border to me. The next cut is Oriental music, not that there is anything wrong with Oriental music, I have some, and when I want to hear it I play it. When I want to hear Mexican music I play Mexican music. I would expect a tribute to the Chieftains to be packed with classic Irish songs. Granted it is only two songs out of 19, but I see a mixed tape in my future. I would recommend Down the Old Plank Road : The Nashville Sessions for anyone wanting a excellent sample of the Chieftains with guests
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