Van Morrison & The Chieftains - Irish Heartbeat (1988) 320 kbps
Artist: Van Morrison & The Chieftains
Title Of Album: Irish Heartbeat
Year Of Release: 1988
Genre: Folk, World, Celtic
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 0:38:59
Total Size: 108 mb
01. Star of the County Down 02:42
02. Irish Heartbeat (Van Morrison) 03:51
03. Ta Mo Chleamhnas Danta (My Match It Is Made) 03:31
04. Raglan Road 04:56
05. She Moved Through the Fair 04:44
06. I'll Tell Me Ma 02:30
07. Carrickfergus 04:25
08. Celtic Ray (Van Morrison) 03:41
09. My Lagan Love 05:20
10. Marie's Wedding 03:15
Van Morrison - lead vocals, guitar, drums
Paddy Moloney - uilleann pipes, tin whistle
Martin Fay - fiddle, bones
Derek Bell - harp, keyboards, tiompan
Kevin Conneff - bodhran, co-lead vocals on "Star of the County Down", "Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta" & "I'll Tell Me Ma"
Matt Molloy - flute
Sean Keane - fiddle
Ciaran O Braonain - bass
Mary Black - back-up vocals on "Marie's Wedding" & "Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta"
Maura O'Connell - back-up vocals on "Marie's Wedding"
June Boyce - back-up vocals on "Celtic Ray", "Irish Heartbeat" & "Marie's Wedding"
On their wide musical journeys in the '80s, the Chieftains decided to collaborate with Van Morrison, who had an artistic peak at the end of the decade. The result was a highlight in both of their '80s productions: the traditional Irish Heartbeat, with Morrison on lead vocals and a guest appearance from the Mary Black. Morrisonand Moloney's production puts the vocals up front with a sparse background, sometimes with a backdrop of intertwining strings and flutes, the same way Morrison would later use the Chieftains on his Hymns to the Silence. The arrangement and the artist's engaged singing leads to a brilliant result, and these Irish classics are made very accessible without being transformed into pop songs. Of the ten tracks included, eight are Irish trads. The title track and "Celtic Ray" are written by Morrison, and also appear on Beautiful Vision and Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, but since they are written in a pseudo traditional style, the folksy treatment given them by the Chieftains makes these versions sound as if they were the originals.
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