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Ellis Island

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000059TBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
2. My Wild Irish Rose
3. Love Thee Dearest
4. Forty Shades of Green
5. Courtin' in the Kitchen
6. The Stone Outside Dan Murphy's Door
7. I'll Tell My Ma
8. Macushla
9. Slievenamon
10. The Green Fields of France
11. Trasna Na Dtonnta (Over The Waves)
12. Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile (Long Life to You on Your Homecoming)
13. An Poc Ar Buile (The Mad Goat)
14. A Nation Once Again - The Irish Tenors
15. The Old Bog Road
16. How Are Things In Glocca Morra
17. The Croppy Boy
18. A Nation Once Again
19. Let There Be Peace
20. Danny Boy
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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A celebration of hope, courage and determination, this March 2001 concert opens with Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears -the story of 15-year-old Annie Moore, the first immigrant to set foot on Ellis Island. You'll look out over New York Harbor at the Statue of Liberty and the soon-to-be-lost World Trade Center as the Irish Tenors continue on to The Harp That Once; God Bless America; Danny Boy; My Wild Irish Rose , and more!

The Irish Tenors' fourth album sees the trio of Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan, and Finbar Wright paying a sentimental musical tribute to Ellis Island, the hallowed landmark that met the majority of immigrants entering the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Needless to say, the Tenors' repertoire this time around is full of reflective ballads of love, loss, and homesickness, including the original "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" that opens this disc. Throughout this studio recording, the Irish Tenors are in fine form and backed by a soft-hued orchestra that never interferes with their soaring vocals. Traditional tunes include "My Wild Irish Rose," "How Are Things in Glocca Mora," and, of course, "Danny Boy" (the last sung by all three tenors, with refreshingly simple solo piano accompaniment). Thankfully, the threesome didn't forget that the immigrants had fun, too, as evidenced by some lighthearted fare; "The Courtin' Medley" features the Tenors at their most upbeat and comical. Ellis Island is a moving aural portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the Irish émigrés and a must-have for fans of the threesome. Newcomers may enjoy the Tenors' debut disc even more, as the earlier live album is a slightly more upbeat and spirited affair. --Jason Verlinde

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I saw the Irish Tenors -- Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan -- live in concert before I ever purchased this CD. I knew who they were, I'd seen bits and pieces of their concert videos on PBS between pledge breaks. I bought the "Ellis Island" CD the day after the concert. I've played it countless times and still cannot get enough of these magnificent voices. My father was an Irish tenor (although not in these boys' league!), so I'm genetically partial to the sound. Listening to some of the songs lifts me into an altered state of mind, like meditation. Anthony Kearn's voice in particular has a smooth clarity that soothes and caresses, like warm silk. His version of "Macushla" is gorgeous. Ronan Tynan is the more light-hearted and rollicking of the three; I know my father would love him and his version of "My Wild Irish Rose." Finbar Wright is a strong, romantic Irish tenor, reminding me of the "old school" tenors like Frank Patterson and John McCormack. His rendition of "Slievenamon" makes me want to waltz around a grand ballroom. "The Courtin' Medley," featuring all three singers, is the most fun one can have on a CD. And the final cut of "God Bless America" can't be heard enough in these times. If I have even the slightest complaint at all about this recording, it's that these three magnificent voices are so distinctive and unique in their interpretations of the music that when they sing in "unison" they don't, really. But with careful listening it's easy to tell who's who, and all three are just grand. If you like a good tenor voice (or voices) and all the variations of Irish music, don't miss the "Ellis Island" CD.
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This is a very nice CD. The song selection is very good. The first song "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" alone makes it worth owning. However, this CD has the same problem that all the Irish Tenors' performances have. On the one hand, Anthony Kearns has one of the most melodic voices on the planet. If he would make a solo CD I would buy it knowing little about it. When playing this CD I experience disappointment when he not singing. On the other hand, there is Ronan Tynan. This man's life story is surely inspirational, but he does not sing very well. Sometimes he shouts. His voice sometimes cracks. He sometimes sings through his nose. He struggles through songs. By himself, his limited vocal skill would be apparent. Juxtaposed with Anthony Kearns, it is painful. Since the only way I know to get Anthony Kearns on a CD to buy Irish Tenor recordings, this CD is worth it. However, let the buyer be warned of the less than satisfactory listening minutes that come with him.
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By A Customer on March 17 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long wait, but the cd is worth it. Fans of the Irish Tenors will not be disappointed in the sweet music offered here. While I enjoy Ronan Tynan and Finbar Wright, it's Anthony Kearns who shines the brightest here. From the clarion opening of Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, Anthony sings with a purity and richness of tone that is sensational. Love Thee Dearest and The Croppy Boy showcase his gift. There are familiar favorites here, My Wild Irish Rose and the Rose of Tralee by Ronan, as well as some far less famliar to the American public, i.e. the two medleys (one in Irish!). All of it is highly enjoyable, although I do have a suggestion for those who like Eric Bogle's music. Ronan's version of the Green Fields of France is pleasant, but for emotional impact buy John McDermott's cd Remembrance. For that matter, it'd be great to hear John singing with the tenors again.
If you're looking for something you'll enjoy many times, this is a perfect purchase. If you don't have the rest of the collection, get those performances, too. The videos and DVD are outstanding! And if you drive someone crazy by playing them over and over, so what? What a way to go!
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By smad on March 10 2001
Format: Audio CD
Musical diversity fills this wonderful studio recording. A great hybrid of styles, condensed into a tight package truly is forty shades of green. Songs of remembrance and loss mingle among songs of love and joy. The party-ready personalities of these three fellas is clearly evident in "The Courtin' Medley", and the "Irish Medley" will give the Cheiftans a run for their money! Individually, Finbar Wright, this time 'round, has the chance to show off his vocal range and elegant style. He is nothing short of amazing here. Anthony Kearns' crystal pure voice is simply exquisite, especially in "Love Thee Dearest". Ronan Tynan brings a freshness to a couple of "old irish standards" such as "How Are Things In Glocca Mora". Whether it is traditional, pop or full throttle fun, The Irish Tenors will entertain in this album with no disappointments. The magnificent arrangements of Frank McNamara and the harmonizing he has introduced certainly makes a good argument for a Grammy nomination.
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This trio, which might have become just a TV marketing executive's version of a parlor trick and evaporated after a year or so, shows amazing strength in this album, bringing to life a collection of traditonal Irish tunes, contemporary favorites, and patriotic tributes. More than either of their two "Live from..." albums, THIS is the perfect introduction to the Irish Tenors. Their song selections are poignant stories set to music, the arrangements by Frank McNamara are lush but not overpowering, and most of all, the voices of these three men are perfection itself. Fans of the two previous albums will be happy to know that this is a studio recording (no interruptions for applause) and also includes an insert with lyrics (although, unfortunately, no translation of the Irish songs).
The Irish Tenors are here to stay, and this album is just the beginning swell of their next wave of popularity. Gift idea? Ride the wave and be the one to introduce your friends to this trio through "Ellis Island".
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