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Tir Na Nog Original recording remastered, Import


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6. Looking Up
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13. Dante

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“...The Land Is Misty...My Eyes Are Too...” Jan. 5 2014
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 REMASTER ***

Being a Dubliner I Instantly knew what "Tir na n'Og" referred to - locally pronounced Tier Nah Nogue it's Gaelic for "Land Of The Young". We had the stories rammed down our willing throats in History class in school. It comes from the ancient Irish tales of warrior king Ossian (or Oisin in Gaelic).

I've had this Prog-Folk duo's debut album on vinyl for decades (as well as the other two they did for Chrysalis - "A Tear And A Smile" from 1972 and "Strong In The Sun" in 1973) and loved them all to bits. In truth though - some of the hippy-dippy fay lyrics ("Aberdeen Angus") might make even the strongest constitution cringe 40 years on. So why bother? Because in-between all that mythology are strangely beautiful melodies and tunes wrapped up in strings and acoustic guitars that are fabulous - as sophisticated as Roy Harper on Harvest and just as cleverly constructed. In fact in places they sound like Tyrannosaurus Rex and what they might have become if Bolan hadn't gone completely Rock - or even the acoustic side of early Seventies Jethro Tull with a little Nick Drake string arrangements thrown in for colour. Guitarists and singers Sonny Condell and Leo O'Kelly made a lovely racket. Here's the mushroom and fairy details...

UK released November 2012 - Esoteric Records ECLEC2357 (Barcode 5013929435742) runs to 51:54 minutes. Tracks 1 to 13 are the album "Tir na n'Og" UK released May 1971 on Chrysalis/Island ILPS 9153. Tracks 14 and 15 are bonus tracks - "I'm Happy To Be (On This Mountain) and "Let My Love Grow" - a UK 7" single on Chrysalis/Island WIP 6090 issued in 1970 (both non-album tracks at the time). The 16-page booklet features liner notes by noted writer TREVOR BOYD and reproduces the lovely gatefold sleeve of the original LP, pictures that rare 7" picture sleeve (out of Europe) - features music mag reviews and even sheet music.

A word about the sound - the remaster handled by MARK POWELL and PASCHAL BYRNE is truly gorgeous - clear instruments, warmth on every track with the top quality original production values of Bill Leader now fully on display. It really is a fantastic job done. I've done tags on both of these guys before (pictorial lists of their work).

SONNY CONDELL plays Guitar, Mandolin, Moroccan Pottery, Drums, Tabla, Jews Harp and sings while LEO O'KELLY plays Guitar, Electric Bass, Dulcimer, Tin Whistle and alternates lead vocals with Condell. All songs excepting "Hey Friend" (by Dolan) are original compositions.

It opens with the mid Sixties Simon & Garfunkel folk of "Time Is Like A Promise" (features ANNIE CROZIER on Psaltry) and progresses very nicely into "Mariner Blues" which is where Condell's quirky chord changes first come into focus. The title track even has UK Folk hero BARRY DRANSFIELD on Fiddle. "Looking Up" is superb because it leaves much of the mythology behind and becomes sophisticated Acoustic Rock. But Side 2 opens with probably the most haunting song on the album - O'Kelly's "The Boat Song". It sounds beautiful with its Nick Drake string arrangements (done by Nick Harrison who later did work on The Rolling Stones "Angie") and stories about leaving (lyrics from it title this review). Harrison's work also turns up on the pretty "Piccadilly". The album finisher is another wonderfully off-the-cuff Condell melody "Dante". But you can see why the A of the single failed (nice to finally see it on CD). But its B-side is a gem - a lovely air by Condell called "Let My Love Grow".

They morphed in the late Seventies in the affectionately remembered SCULLION who made 5 albums in Ireland (none are on CD to my knowledge) including the fab "Balance And Control" in 1980 produced by the mighty JOHN MARTYN. Condell even made a CD album in 2013.

TIR na n'OG would definitely be an acquired taste for some. But for me there was always something magical in those hooks and songs - and now their albums have the properly beautiful sounding remasters their catalogue has always deserved.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Classic April 12 2005
By Mr. G. P. Hands - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If I were to be invited to choose my ten all time great albums this would be a strong contender. This collection of songs has a wonderful atmosphere to it. The singing and the music is beautifully crafted and delivered. In the 1970s when I was immersed in Led Zeppelin, Stones, Jethro Tull, Yes etc - this gem struck a cord for me - and I'm not even a great fan of folk music!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A folk gem May 14 2005
By Ginger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album which I accidentally discovered so many years ago, written by an obscure (at the time) Irish pair of songwriters, steeped in folk tradition and yet intensely modern, has always enthralled me and continues to do so today, because of it's rare, other-worldly yet wonderfully tender atmosphere, it's poetic, intelligent and often humorous lyrics, the beautifully interwoven voices of the two singers.... It's a rare gem.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great folk album April 7 2008
By Marsha Teeling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Way back in the year dot before their albums I used to go see these guys at the Coffee Kitchen in Kildare street church halls even school house prefab buildings along with folkies like The Taras ,Clannad,Emmitt spiceland to name a few.Tir Na Nog were one of the best.This cd is a classic along with their other cds.Get anything you can by them.They are one of the great overlooked artists of the 70's.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dated first album has not made the transition to CD or crossed time well Nov. 26 2013
By "Belgo Geordie" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tir Na Nog more than held their own as a folk duo on the progressive rock circuit UK in late sixties to early seventies. Their music was fresh and stage presence engaging and warm. Quip and banter between songs and songs which introduced Irish folk tradition to English ears. Must have been hard work holding down second spot to guitar warriors like Stray or Groundhogs. I enjoyed their first two albums on vinyl when they were released. I picked them up on CD recently and well...the sound and songs ahave not lasted the distance. Still pleasant but more Celtic Incredible Unstrung Bland than Horslips. This album is a bit laboured. The title track a bit of a drone. Some nice moments tucked in but not sufficent to keep on the turntable (I mean in the slot). But I will always treasure the memory of how good they were live and fun.


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