The Best of the Original Dubliners

The Best of the Original Dubliners

by The DublinersThe Dubliners


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The original Dubliners -- Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Bourke, and John Sheahan -- are represented on 51 songs cut between 1967 and 1972, starting (naturally) with "Seven Drunken Nights." The diversity of material encompasses drinking songs, ballads depicting romantic folly, sea shanties, covers of songs by Ewan MacColl and Pete Seeger (among others), and also political songs, with numerous variations and permutations. Among the great moments captured here is a live rendition of "Molly Maguires," which is simply transcendent in its intensity and passion, followed by "McAlpine's Fusiliers" (live from another venue), as restrained as the prior number is boisterous until the banjo break, when it takes on a larger-than-life quality. Besides the leadoff song, highlights such as "Whiskey in the Jar," "All for Me Grog," and "The Rising of the Moon" (those just from their albums Seven Drunken Nights and More of the Hard Stuff) are worth the price of admission, and there's a lot more here -- indeed, the contents of more than half a dozen LPs have been shuffled and jumbled up among the three discs, and the producers weren't afraid to draw upon live and studio renditions of the same songs, which only increases the fun. The remasterings all date from the mid-'90s and sound just fine -- even the backing voices are well-delineated, in textures that were only hinted at on the original LPs -- and unlike most of the EMI Gold series, this release even contains some annotation.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0724358448825
catalogNumber: 584488
Rank: 104401

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dubliners   Primary Artist
Barney McKenna   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Melodeon,Group Member
Ciarán Bourke   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,tin whistle,Group Member
Ronnie Drew   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Luke Kelly   Vocals,5-string Banjo,Group Member
John Sheahan   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Concertina,Vocals,tin whistle,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Peggy Seeger   Composer
Dubliners   Composer
Thomas Davis   Composer
Leon Rosselson   Composer
McLean   Arranger
Paula Kavanagh   Composer
Johnny Kelly   Composer
Barney McKenna   Composer
Brendan Behan   Composer
Ciarán Bourke   Composer
Ronnie Drew   Composer
John O'Regan   Liner Notes
Luke Kelly   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Sheahan   Composer

Customer Reviews

The Best of the Original Dubliners 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sews More than 1 year ago
I liked this CD the best of all they have done.I had a set of three CD's before of the Dubliners that was all done "live". But we have our house up for sell and some one took it! We used to play that one just in March. This one we listen to all the time. If you like the traditional sound of Irish music you will love this CD. We take this Cd of the Dubliners on road trips, it make the car ride seem not so long. Our 16 year old daughter asks if she can listen to it. And normally we hear "let me put my ear plugs in before you start your CD".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd must be their best one! Ever since their 45th annniversary, we'll still remember the originals and their best!