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Bringing a little bit of Ireland home….

Often, on our trips around the globe, I’ll by a few CD’s, and it’s highly likely that these will reflect, either the destination, or the experiences of the trip, and our visit to Dublin was no exception. I got hold of four CD’s that I’ve been after for a while, and it seemed exactly the place to get them. They’re all Irish, but they have another thread of commonality that connects them. I saw them all play live in my hometown of Derby as a teenager.  First up, a brace of albums by the unique HORSLIPS: “The Tain”, and “The Book of Invasions”.

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Both drawing heavily on Irish folklore for their subject matter, they paint wonderful images with the widest range of Celtic and rock instrumentation. they were electrifying live, and the standout track for me is ‘Dearg Doom’ from ‘The Tain.” – a brilliant mix of rock guitar, fiddle and flute. I remember leaping about like a loon to this played live at Cleopatra’s club, ably aided by some Marston’s Pedigree bitter.

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No Dublin trip would be complete without some THIN LIZZY, and I’d been after the Special edition of ‘Vagabonds of the Western World’ for some time. The casual Lizzy fan, who perhaps only knows them from the beginnings of the four piece line-up on ‘Nightlife’, (On which tour I saw them at Derby College) is missing out on an absolute gem. Eric Bell’s guitar work is simply stunning on here. ‘The Hero and the Madman’ is a tour de force, surprisingly led by a young Kid Jensen ( A DJ , for all you young folks!)narrating the story, and the solo is fabulous. Bell is an original, a sound all of his own, his solo on ‘The Rocker’, proving it’s no fluke. The appearance of a young Gary Moore on a blistering ‘Little Darling’ almost seems like an embarrassment of riches. In this early incarnation, Lynott’s bass playing is funkier, and the bassline to ‘I’m Gonna creep up on you’ is one of his best. This is a great 2 disc set, highly recommended.

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Finally, the late great RORY GALLAGHER. I met Rory towards the end of his life at that most ‘muso’ of places – the cafe at Scotch Corner on the A1, a more down-to -earth individual you couldn’t wish to meet. his music was raw, honest and powerful, and the set I saw him play many years before at the Kings Hall in Derby was just awesome. In Dublin, I bought ‘Big Guns – The very best of Rory Gallagher’ . It’s a rip-roaring ride through his career, and whilst its a great listen, it leaves you wanting more, and from my perspective, makes me want to explore his band ‘Taste’ once more.

So next time you get annoyed by the asinine syrup of  Westlife, Boyzone, and all rest of that shite that Louis Walsh has foisted on the world, remember, Ireland was the birthplace of some of the greatest rock music we’ve had the privilege to enjoy.

Kev Moore

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May 21, 2013 - Posted by | blues, Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. You’ve schooled me once again Kev, on these grand CD’s you picked up! I’ll have to definitely search for that Thin Lizzy on disc or (gulp) vinyl 🙂 \m/\m/

    Comment by Metal Odyssey | May 22, 2013

  2. You know how some things stick in your mind Stone? I remember buying the original vinyl LP of ‘Vagabonds’ when it came out and it cost exactly £2.13 !! #pointlessfactretention

    Comment by kevmoore | May 22, 2013

  3. That’s very cool you remember that stuff; it means that album brought you immense joy and the initial purchase (experience) is embedded in your mind. Whoa. I kinda sounded like a PHD there, didn’t I? LOL!!

    I actually remember dozens of vinyl purchases, if not more. (I’m sure you do too). 🙂

    I remember buying Motörhead ‘No Remorse’ on vinyl. I remember EVERYTHING about that afternoon!! LOL!! \m/\m/

    Comment by Metal Odyssey | May 23, 2013

  4. There’s something special about buying a vinyl album – as I’m sure you know, Stone! \m/\m/

    Comment by kevmoore | May 23, 2013


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