Voice of Ages [CD/DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Voice of Ages marks the Chieftains 50th anniversary. Initially, Paddy Moloney wanted to get all the living members of the band together for an album-length jam on "Toss the Feathers." Concord and co-producer T-Bone Burnett had a different idea. Advance label and press hype crowed about the radical approach of this album because of its collaborations with indie rockers -- nonsense. Given the Chieftains' history, collaboration -- Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Sting, Mary Black, Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, and Ry Cooder, to name a few -- is an integral part of their mission. Voice of Ages' 15 cuts contain, sadly, only one solo number. "The Chieftains Reunion" is among the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Voice of Ages marks the Chieftains 50th anniversary. Initially, Paddy Moloney wanted to get all the living members of the band together for an album-length jam on "Toss the Feathers." Concord and co-producer T-Bone Burnett had a different idea. Advance label and press hype crowed about the radical approach of this album because of its collaborations with indie rockers -- nonsense. Given the Chieftains' history, collaboration -- Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Sting, Mary Black, Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, and Ry Cooder, to name a few -- is an integral part of their mission. Voice of Ages' 15 cuts contain, sadly, only one solo number. "The Chieftains Reunion" is among the album's best moments and clocks in at over 11 minutes, giving Moloney's original notion a nod. Other highlights include "Carolina Rua" with Imelda May followed by the Chieftains jamming on a reel, "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies" by the Pistol Annies, who wed their unique roots music to the Celtic tradition seamlessly, the stunning, "My Lagan Love" with Lisa Hannigan's otherworldly voice, and the Civil Wars' reverent yet joyful reading of "My Lily Love." On these cuts, one can hear the Chieftains really creating with their intuitive magic; extending the scope of Irish music into the world of popular music, with vocalists who understand -- at root level -- what they're all about. Another winner is Bob Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In" with the Decemberists. While Dylan's tune is based on a traditional Celtic song, the band's performance lends inspiration and celebration to the Chieftains' arrangement. "The Lark in the Clear Air/Olam Punch" and "The Frost Is Over" with the Punch Brothers produce fine results because the approach to the material is loose and lively -- and accommodating. Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," with Paolo Nutini's gentle yet reedy vocals backed by the Chieftains at their mournful best, also features the City of Limerick Pipe Band, who give it a stately finish. Together, they make this parlor ballad as moving a reading as any out there. Some tunes just don't work, though: Bon Iver's reading of Charlie Monroe's wonderful murder ballad "Down in the Willow Garden" is labored, tired, and boring. Given the song's emotional core, it deserves to be treated with something more than faux hipster detachment. The Carolina Chocolate Drops try way too hard on "Pretty Little Girl" -- though the Chieftains sound fantastic. The Low Anthem's version of Ewan MacColl's "School Day's Over" is far too studied and restrained. Voice of Ages is a good Chieftains recording; its solid performances easily outweigh its duds, but it feels like something less than a 50th anniversary celebration. Moloney's original idea would have been more fitting, and really something to hear. [The deluxe edition CD/DVD combo offered a bonus track on the CD featuring Carlos Nuñez and a DVD featuring a making-of-the-album video and "School Day's Over" featuring the Low Anthem.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072336230
  • Catalog Number: 33623
  • Sales rank: 42,203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carolina Rua/Reel: The Ladies Pantalettes - Imelda May (3:57)
  2. 2 Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies - Pistol Annies (4:20)
  3. 3 Pretty Little Girl - The Carolina Chocolate Drops (2:48)
  4. 4 Down In the Willow Garden - Bon Iver (4:16)
  5. 5 Lily Love - The Civil Wars (3:00)
  6. 6 The Lark in the Clear Air/Olam Punch - Punch Brothers (3:20)
  7. 7 My Lagan Love - Lisa Hannigan (4:27)
  8. 8 When the Ship Comes In - The Decemberists (3:26)
  9. 9 School Days Over - The Low Anthem (3:33)
  10. 10 The Frost is All Over - Punch Brothers (3:06)
  11. 11 Peggy Gordon - The Secret Sisters (4:10)
  12. 12 Hard Times Come Again No More - City of Limerick Pipe Band (5:26)
  13. 13 The Chieftains Reunion (11:22)
  14. 14 The Chieftains In Orbit - Cady Coleman (3:40)
  15. 15 Lundu - Carlos Núñez (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Making of Voice of Ages
  2. 2 School Days Over - The Low Anthem
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chieftains Primary Artist
Matt Molloy Flute, Group Member
Van Dyke Parks Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Seán Keane Fiddle, Group Member
T Bone Burnett Bass, Electric Guitar
Kevin Conneff Vocals, Bodhran, Group Member
Dennis Crouch Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Noel Eccles Percussion
David Hidalgo Acoustic Guitar, Jarana
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Colin Linden Dobro
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle, Group Member
Arty McGlynn Guitar
John Moen Drums
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Dave Priseman Percussion, Trumpet
Fiachra Trench Keyboards
Michael Tubridy Flute
Joy Williams Vocals
Alyth McCormack Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin, Vocals
Neil Martin Cello
Pancho Alvarez Bass, Bouzouki
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Darrel Higham Guitar
Laura Rogers Vocals
Nate Query Bass
Chris Funk Banjo, Mandolin, Bass Harmonica
Colin Meloy Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jenny Conlee Accordion, Hammond B3
Triona Marshall Harp
Lisa Hannigan Vocals
Noam Pikelny Banjo
Miranda Lambert Vocals
Nathan Pilatzke Dancer
Adam Matta Beat Box
Tim Edey Guitar, Accordion
Ashley Monroe Vocals
Paolo Nutini Vocals
John Paul White Guitar, Vocals
Chris Eldridge Guitar
Justin Vernon Guitar, Vocals
Imelda May Vocals
Steve Rushton Drums
Jeffrey Prystowsky Upright Bass
Ben Knox Miller Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Al Gare Double Bass
Paul Kowert Bass
Mike Irwin Trumpet
Rhiannon Giddens Fiddle, Vocals
Dom Flemons Quills
Xurxo Nunez Percussion, Drums, Loops
Lydia Rogers Vocals
Angeleena Presley Vocals
Hubby Jenkins 5-string Banjo
Castle Park School Choir Vocals
Anne Marie O'Grady Background Vocals
Jocelyn Adams Clarinet, Hammered Dulcimer, Pump Organ
Nikki MacLoone Dancer
Cady Coleman Flute, tin whistle
Neil Sullivan Dancer
Technical Credits
The Chieftains Photo Courtesy
Ewan MacColl Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Bill Lane Engineer
Paddy Moloney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Brian Masterson Engineer
Sean Potts Whistle
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Tucker Martine Engineer
Traditional Composer
Guy Wagner Camera Operator
Paul Ackling Equipment Technician
Curtis Laur Equipment Technician
Vanessa Parr Engineer
John Paul White Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Justin Vernon Arranger
Glenn Suravech Engineer
Chris Owens Engineer
Rhiannon Giddens Arranger
Dom Flemons Arranger
Xurxo Nunez Engineer
Jon Kondrath Camera Operator
Christian Macklam Director, Producer
Albert Luxford Camera Operator
Thomas Lanning Moore Composer
Michael Wittaker Arranger
Joy Elizabeth Williams Composer
Colum McCann Liner Notes
Rua Meegan Camera Operator
Kristina Lechuga Camera Operator
Kieran Horgan Location Sound
Justin Rettke Camera Operator
Jason Lennart Anderson Engineer
George Costakis Camera Operator
Geoff Browne Camera Operator
Colm Whelan Camera Operator
Charles Wittenmeier Second Unit Director
Andrew Cummins Camera Operator
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