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The pride of Newfoundland, Great Big Sea are a great big deal in Canada and as of 1997 have made inroads into pockets of Europe. With their third album, is the time is right to make their presence known elsewhere? Play has all the makings of a breakthrough album. It is superbly produced by Danny Greenspoon, who successfully combines the traditional maritime and Celtic music of Newfoundland with modern rock tendencies. It is chock full of catchy folk-rock anthems, and has major-label affiliation; plus, worldwide interest in Celtic rock has grown immensely throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. Some may scoff or roll their eyes at the notion, but GBS, with their strong lead vocals, calculated harmonies, and regional yet universally identifiable themes, musters up idle speculation as to how a modern-day Dubliners might manifest themselves. Great Big Sea proves that they are fully capable of creating intelligent hook-abundant songs like "Seagulls," "My Apology" and "Something I Should Know," but their forte definitely lies in the reworking and modernizing of Newfoundland folk songs. The rollicking "Night Pat Murphy Died" features some fine accordion playing by Bob Hallett and boisterous vocals by all. Those wonderful harmonies steal the show on "Donkey Riding," which tells of the unenviable task of manhandling winches, ropes and chains aboard sailing ships in all types of weather. The a cappella "General Taylor" contains a marvelous but uncredited bass vocal line, and "Jakey's Gin" is a roguish, Pogues-like ditty; all infectious as the dickens. Amid the exceptional selection of original and traditional songs, GBS found room to cover cuts by R.E.M. and Oysterband. Fans of the latter will love this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Wea International
UPC: 0706301859223
catalogNumber: 18592

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Performance Credits

Great Big Sea   Primary Artist
Cross   Drums
Jim Cuddy   Background Vocals
Danny Greenspoon   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Keelor   Background Vocals
Rick Lazar   Percussion,Conga
Ross Murray   Percussion,Drums
Sean McCann   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Bodhran
Kyle MacNeil   Fiddle
Lucy MacNeil   Fiddle
Kid Thomas   Drums,Spoons
Alan Doyle   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bob Hallett   Fiddle,Concertina,Vocals,Mandola,tin whistle,Button Accordion
Darrell Power   Bass,Harmonica,Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Great Big Sea   Arranger
Danny Greenspoon   Producer,Engineer
Colin Hay   Composer
Fergus O'Byrne   Arranger
Ross Murray   Engineer
Andrew MacNaughtan   Art Direction
Sean McCann   Composer
Bob Hallett   Liner Notes
Pat James   overdub engineer

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