Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA

Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA

by Dropkick MurphysDropkick Murphys


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Great live albums accomplish two things: They show how an artist sounds in real life (or something close to it) and they make you wish that you were there the night they recorded this gig. By this measure, Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA is one of the best of the breed. You may have to go back to Live at Leeds to catch this kind of stage energy. Dropkick Murphys, working-class heroes in blue-collar Boston, crash through their set with hair-raising exuberance. Their sound, a muscular collision of punk and traditional Irish elements, connects directly with the crowd, whose presence is never lost in the mix; throughout the set the band welcomes relatives in the balcony, runs footage of old Boston Bruins hockey games as a video backdrop, opens the stage to a bunch of step-dancers, brings a guy up from the audience to propose to his girl as the crowd roars its approval (the girl, no fool, says yes), and invites any woman in the crowd to join them as their massive, beer-swilling piper, Spicy McHaggis, plays a jig. ("His pipes are gigantic, and so is his schlong," Al Barr yells as the band thunders merrily.) From the opening moments, a stirring skirl provided by the Boston Police Gaelic Column Pipes & Drums, to a final chant of "Let's go, Murphys!" performed in the wreckage that follows the finale, Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA is ultimately a raucous, brawling, and sentimental testament of love between a band and their perfectly matched audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Hellcat Records
UPC: 0045778043729
catalogNumber: 80437
Rank: 41782

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dropkick Murphys   Primary Artist
Greg Riley   Voices
Ken Casey   Bass,Vocals
Barr   Vocals
James Lynch   Guitar
Marc Orrell   Guitar,Accordion
Spicy McHaggis   Bagpipes
Ryan Foltz   Mandolin,Human Whistle

Technical Credits

Dave Burke   Staff
Phil Greene   Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
John Toomey   House Sound
Darren Hill   Management
Johnny Jay   Staff
Dropkick Murphys   Liner Notes
Ron Ragona   Staff
James Curran   Staff
Public Domain   Composer
Tom D. Kline   Graphic Design
Johnny Rioux   Assistant Management
John Cohan   Drum Technician
Bob Sloane   Contributor
Barton   Composer

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