Yes...Those Were the Days: The Essential Liam Clancy

Yes...Those Were the Days: The Essential Liam Clancy

by Liam ClancyLiam Clancy


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Sometimes a best-of CD can really make you reappraise an artist's body of work. That's certainly the case with this release, which draws from every phase of Clancy's long career. To those who just saw him as a part of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, or an occasional solo artist, this shows that he really does deserve a place in the pantheon of Irish music. Yes, there may be the carousing drink and Aran sweater of "The Wild Rover," but there are also his versions of "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "The Patriot Game" which show him completely in charge of quiet songs; in fact, he's at his best with them. He's a superb interpreter, making a song come alive with subtle little twists that open up a lyric and a tune. It's perhaps fair to say that this record is long overdue, but now that it's here, people will undoubtedly look anew at his whole catalog. Spread over a pair of discs, this is definitely the cream of the crop, with not a single mediocre cut, from "The Rocky Road to Dublin" to "The Dutchman." This is craft, but it's also art.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: Mvd (Generic)
UPC: 5099343441088
catalogNumber: 108
Rank: 82701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liam Clancy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Concertina,Musician
Archie Fisher   Musician
Dónal Lunny   Musician
Keith MacDonald   Musician
Phil Coulter   Musician
Tommy Makem   Musician
Tom Clancy   Musician
Kevin Barry   Musician
James Blennerhassett   Musician
Nollaig Casey   Musician
Paddy Clancy   Musician
Steve Cooney   Musician
Tommy Keane   Musician
Arty McGlynn   Musician
Robbie O'Connell   Musician
Eoghan O'Neill   Musician
Paul Hann   Musician
Kevin Evans   Musician
Mansel Davies   Musician
Allan Barty   Musician
Derek Stevenson   Musician
Lifeboat Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Luke Kelly   Musician
Donal Clancy   Musician
Lucy Fisher   Musician
Jack Harrison   Musician
Pat Sheridan   Musician
Phil Coulter Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dick Kinnis   Musician
Ciaran O'Galbhain   Musician
Christine Cowan   Musician
Geraldine Dunne   Musician
Pal Grant   Musician
Oradh O'Casaigh   Musician
Sean Laffey   Musician

Technical Credits

Clancy Brothers   Arranger,Adaptation
Eric Bogle   Composer
Ralph McTell   Composer
Stan Rogers   Composer
Michael Peter Smith   Composer
Phil Coulter   Composer
Bill Staines   Composer
Liam Clancy   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Tommy Makem   Arranger,Adaptation
Gene Raskin   Composer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Dominic Behan   Composer
Kevin Evans   Composer
Jim McCann   Photo Courtesy
Luke Kelly   Arranger,Adaptation
Judy Goodenough   Composer
Alan Gilsenan   Liner Notes
Ewan McColl   Composer
Paul Foskin   Composer

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