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Ain't It Grand Boys

The Clancy BrothersAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. American Medley (Live)The Clancy Brothers 3:21Album Only
listen  2. Jesse James (Live)The Clancy Brothers 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Old Man Came Courting (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The West's Asleep (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Royal Canal (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Rising Of The Moon (Album Version)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gallant Forty Twa (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Green In The Green (Jolly Plough Boy) (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Courtin' In The Kitchen (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Isn't It Grand Boys (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Good Old Colony Days (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Whiskey Is The Life Of Man (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Love Is Kind (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Holy Ground (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Carol Of The Birds (Live)The Clancy Brothers 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Beggerman (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Children's Medley (Live)The Clancy Brothers 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mountain Dew (Album Version)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Port Lairge (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rosin The Bow (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Johnny McEldoo (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ballinderry (Live)The Clancy Brothers 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Young Roddy McCarley (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Marie's Wedding (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mr. Moses (Live)The Clancy Brothers 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Irish Rover (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Jug Of Punch (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. As I Roved Out (Live)The Clancy Brothers 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Johnson's Motor Car (Live)The Clancy Brothers 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Patriot Game (Live)The Clancy Brothers;Tommy Makem 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Lord Nelson (Live)The Clancy Brothers 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. This Land Is Your Land (Live)The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029FL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars T'is A Pitty... August 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For twenty years I've been waiting for Columbia/Sony to come out with an anthology of "unisued gems" by the Clancys & Makem. Well, they finally did it, and man did the corporate people at Sony screw it up!
Nearly every track on this CD is to be found in almost the identical format elsewhere in the CB & TM discography... except that the previously issued "gems" that made the original Columbia album cuts are far superior. These unissued gems, even though they are quite good,(how could they be otherwise?)are still the "factory Seconds" that did not make the final album cuts.
Here is where Sony missed the boat. There must be hours and hours of tape from both live concerts and studio sessions with songs never released durring the Columbia years. I have a CB & TM Irish Songbook published in 1969 that has so many songs from their early Tradition Records years that they never got around to releasing for Columbia even though they perfomed them throughout the 60's. Songs like The Croppy Boy, Boulavogue and Bold Thady Quill come to mind. Also in that songbook are some rare songs like The Earl of Morray and The Lough Neagh Fishers that are considered "unreleased". And yet we all know that somewhere in the Sony archives those songs are lurking, hoping some day to see the light of day. I'd gladly volunteer to go through that mountain of material and ferret out the real "undiscovered gems" of the CB & TM.
Instead, if you purchase this huge dissapointment you will get to hear for the thousandth time Roddy McCorley, Rising of the Moon, Isn't It Grand Boys, The Holy Ground and all the other standards merely performed in different settings which you previously have heard them in. Hardly unreleased gems!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying Indeed March 19, 2000
By McYank
Format:Audio CD
Although these songs have in fact been issued before, the cuts on these disks are some of my favorites. The versions of "Johnson's Motor Car" and "The Irish Rover" are in my personal opinion the best I've ever heard. The sheer enthusiasm with which they plough through "Johnson's Motor Car" complete with the whoops and hollers gets me everytime. I also think this album has some of the most interesting between song banter so typical of the Clancys. And there rollicking version of "The Holy Ground" also ranks among the best I've heard. The highlights of the entire release in my opinion though are "The Royal Canal"... the harmonic cresendo which closes that cut leaves the hair on the back of my neck standing straight up, and "The West's Asleep"...the thunder of the last verse compared to the rest of the somber song is perfectly captured and gives me goosebumps everytime. A few of the cuts are stale I suppose... "The Rising of the Moon" just NEVER sounds any different but overall out of the 16 Clancy CD's I currently own, this is the one which comes with me in the car the most often, if for nothing else than it's sheer variety. Anyway, if you are a new fan... buy it... and if you can appreciate alternate versions of the same songs for their subtle differences... buy it. But if you absolutely HAVE to have something "brand new"... you might need to think about changing tastes. No offense, but traditional songs are traditional because they've ALL been done before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing to a decent anthology May 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So far, this two-disc package is the closest Song has come to creating a decent retrospective of this glorious quartet. Lots of fun songs and interesting between-song banter, but each disc is less than 50 minutes -- why didn't the person in charge of this project fill up the entire 78 minute capability?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great. November 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just wanted to point out that the only complaint in the negative reviews here is with the use of the word "unissued". "Sure, the songs are great," the negative reviews say, as if that were a minor point.
That's my main point. I do, however, wish to add that "unissued" relates to the recordings, not necessarily the songs; a simple look at the song list on the back of the CD could've quickly removed any of the negative reviewers' delusions that these were songs that were never released before. Furthermore, most of these versions are among the best, if not the best, that I've ever heard from the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and there are several songs that I actually HAVEN'T heard on any of my other dozen or so CB&TM albums.
All in all, this album is simply great.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have everything else, you don't need this. March 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Clancy Brothers are one of the preeminent Irish bands and this CD purports to be a collection of unreleased "gems." Well the "gems" part is true but if you have read the other reviews you will see the problem with the "unrelesed" part. Still The CD has a number of worthwhile songs and is well-worth a buy if you are a casual fan. For the hard core fan you have these songs already. If there ever was a band that deserved a well-researched box it is the Clancy Brothers. Someday soon I hope.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rejected versions of the usual material... December 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Just about everything presented in this collection can be found performed better on some other Clancy Brothers release. If you can find this in a bargain bin, get it...but for full price, there are much better values available. I am still waiting for the CD version of the one album the boys did for Audio-Fidelity, "You're Always Welcome at Our House." That was a fine collection of about a dozen tunes. I agree that Columbia/Sony has mishandled the Clancy transfers to CD. Combining two original releases on one disc at a fair price would have been sensible...they have done this with Dylan, except that his first and third albums are in the "two-for-one" instead of his first and second releases. I wonder who makes these choices, and what their problems are? I love the Clancy Brothers, but this particular product does not show them at their best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with "A. Customer"
Here or on iTunes, the same 30 or so songs (wonderful though they are) over, and over, and over again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by schlimmerkerl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anthology
This collection of Clancy Brother's with Tommy Maken is a wonderful retrospective on the best part of their career. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Savonarola
2.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity
As others have already mentioned there are several reasons to avoid this release. First of all, where did they get the title? Read more
Published on January 16, 2006 by Joseph K. Monahan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection-Must Have
I don't understand the reviewers who say that the material has been issued before. That is misleading. Read more
Published on August 20, 2004 by Music Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Old favourites with nice surprises
The title of this CD caught me off guard: I've been searching for a copy of the Isn't It Grand Boys LP. While it wasn't what I expected, this is an excellent collection. Read more
Published on June 20, 2004 by Virginia Alderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand as Grand can be!
Published on March 31, 2004 by barry mcnamara
5.0 out of 5 stars It was like seeing them in concert again!
I love these two CDs.
While most of the songs appear on previous albums, it was great to hear new (to me) recordings of the old songs. Read more
Published on February 1, 2003 by J. Reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music and great friends
It is true you can get most of these songs on other albums. What makes the album different is that most of the songs are live recordings. Read more
Published on December 10, 2002 by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Clancy Brothers
I have been listening to the Clancy Brothers for about 30 years now and I have really grown to absolutely love them. My dad got me started with them, but I am so happy that he did. Read more
Published on December 31, 2001 by Mark A. Kintzley
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrealeased?
It behooves me to relegate anything Irish to one star and in fact the music itself is great it's just that most of the recordings ARE released and I have 'em however if you don't... Read more
Published on March 5, 2001 by Barrie B. Cubbon
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