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Danny Boy Collection

John Mcdermott Audio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00000EB57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Rose of Tralee
2. By Yon Bonnie Banks (Loch Lomond)
3. Danny Boy
4. My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose
5. Mother Machree
6. The Bard of Armagh
7. The Minstrel Boy
8. The Skye Boat Song
9. The Faded Coat of Blue
10. The Green Fields of France
11. Amazing Grace
12. The Dutchman
13. The Last Rose of Summer
14. Auld Lang Syne
15. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience in Irish listening pleasure October 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I discovered John McDermott through the Irish Tenors Album and bought this at the same time. I played it many times with enough pleasure to lose one's self in. The Rose of Tralee is my favorite but Danny Boy rivals it. Although mainly an Irish fan,Loch Lomond and Auld Lang Syne are wonderful additions. The Dutchman and Waltzing Matilda were first heard by me from Liam Clancy and I'm sure he will be proud of these versions. Some of these songs are just too beautiful to hear - a stunning experience and I am a new fan. I want more works from John McDermott.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Danny Boy Collection January 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure many are mislead by the title of the CD, thinking it's your typical collection of Irish Songs. Nothing could be further from the truth. John McDermott has put together a collection of songs from the various wars that have plagued the world in an attempt to ensure that those who fought and/or died in the many conflicts are not forgotten. War is one element of man's sinister side that gives absolute creedence to the statement that "those who forget history are destined to repeat it." Mr. McDermott is one of many who realize that many of those wars are fading from memory and to forget the horrors and suffering they brought about is easier than preserving their memory as a deterrent. Thank You, John McDermott, for the courage to remind us of those things that - while, yes, they're easier to forget - need always remain in the collective psyche of the peoples of the world lest we repeat their folly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Irish Tenors July 28, 2000
By A Customer
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I discovered John McDermott through the Irish Tenors concert on PBS (along with quite a few others). His style stood out from the others. It was less "operatic" and more immediate and approachable. John has a wonderful voice that seems made for the telling of stories through song. The songs on this CD are a mixture the old (traditional songs from both Scotland and Ireland) and the new. All are arranged simply which lets John's voice come shining through. My main complaint about the "Irish Tenors" is that the songs tend to be overwhelmed by the orchestration. That doesn't happen with any of John's work. After you buy this, you're going to want "Old Friends", "Love is A Voyage" and "Remembrance". You might consider just ordering them all now and save on the shipping. "When I Grow to Old To Dream" is my favorite McDermott CD. ... Happy listening!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both quietly evocative and soaring with emotion. April 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Let there be no mistake. Loss is the overriding theme of the songs on John McDermott's, The Danny Boy Collection . . . loss of love, life, limb, country, freedom . . . usually as a result of war. Yet McDermott's renditions of these songs impart an emotional sense of a nation's strength, dignity, and faith rather than an overriding sense of sadness. All songs on this CD are delivered in a slow,evocative style, leaving listeners in a breathless, almost dreamlike state. McDermott's tenor is esquisite, his accent both refreshing and alluring, and his delivery near perfection. His use of falsetto at the conclusion of "Danny Boy" is masterful, and "Amazing Grace" quite literally left me wordless. I recommend this work without hesitation. I hope to hear more from John McDermott soon and expect that his recent appearance as part of PBS' Irish Tenors will make that happen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Danny Boy Collection by John McDermott May 15, 2000
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For anyone with a drop of Celtic blood, this is a must. Mr. MeDermott's voice is incredible and the selection of songs stir my soul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tugs at your heart strings. August 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
John McDermott is great... can't say more. But this album is enough to move your deepest feelings and pull at your emotions. It can hardly be called "up lifting", with all the songs of going off to battle, the horror of war, killing and destrucion, and leaving loved ones behind (I TOLD you it was sad!!) But if you can avoid going into a depression, the words and music are fantastic. It is an "experience" to hear this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And ye will bend, and tell me that you love me January 1, 2003
By Du Lac
Format:Audio CD
While many reviewers take this album as an opportunity to repeat their war-is-a-terrible-thing mantra, "The Danny Boy Collection" is much more than that. Yes, the two Bogle songs - "The Green Fields of France" and "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - say that eloquently. I would submit, though, that John McDermott is really carrying forward his theme of remembrance. He has another album with that title, and one titled, "A Time To Remember."
In this album, though, the remembrance is of the kind we have come to call "up close and personal." It is not historical events or social progress that fill these songs, but in each is the picture of one (or two) individual(s) and their tribulations. This is especially true in the Bogle songs.
"The Dutchman" was written - and apparently forgotten - before the word, "Altzheimer's," became part of our language. But lucky are all who have a wife like Margaret, and lucky are we to have been shown this picture by John McDermott. "The Rose of Tralee," "Mother Machree," "By Yon Bonnie Banks," and "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" are about love (or its loss) between two people.
"The Last Rose of Summer" seems to be John's remembrance of his parents: when he returned to performing with the Irish Tenors after the passing of his Mother, he introduced it as her favorite from the time of his Fathers' passing until hers; and the version he includes in "A Time To Remember" is actually his Father's voice.
All seem to agree that the versatility and quality of John McDermott's voice are first rate, and that he uses that voice extremely well. I second that, and would add that as a soloist, he is permitted to show us much more than he ever could as part of the Irish Tenors ensemble.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Irish music.
If you like Irish music, you will love this. John has a wonderful voice and he is so expressive. You won't be sorry you bought this.
Published 18 days ago by K. Teresa Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Old Songs, Nice Arrangements
I wanted this song collection years ago when it came I was happy to find it online. These songs are a great grouping of some old classics, with very nice orchestrations... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. J. Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mcdermott's voice is spectacular!
John Mcdermott's voice is really spectacular!
Very powerful, but soft when appropriate.
His accent is so much fun to hear.
Published 13 months ago by JC
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boy CD
This CD was as advertised. I would order from this site again. Very timely delivery.
Published on July 13, 2010 by clomps42076
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Compilation Ever
This is the best compilation of John McDermott songs ever - at least in my opinion. It's too bad that it's no longer in production and that new copies have become hard to find at... Read more
Published on May 24, 2010 by An Old Baby Boomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Irish Classics Sung Beautifully
I really enjoy traditional Irish music and it does not get much better than this album
Published on April 23, 2010 by Loretta K. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Danny Boy" Is Johnny
Since I first heard John McDermott's "Danny Boy Collection" I've been about as balanced about the beauty of his voice as an elephant on a tightrope. My, how this man can sing. Read more
Published on September 7, 2004 by kjenfan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Danny Boy Collection
I bought this album mostly for John's rendition of "Danny Boy". I have heard this sung by many artists, but his is the absolute best. Read more
Published on February 16, 2004 by Jeanne Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it
This CD nearly drove me crazy. McDermott has a beautiful voice, but what's with the long, swallowed "r"'s? Read more
Published on December 31, 2002 by Arthur H. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all music
As a pianist and great lover of music, John's voice is simply unequalled by anything I've ever heard. Read more
Published on July 16, 2002 by Kathie Prindle
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