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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B004D0V5HU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1976 album from the Irish Folk-Rock/Progressive Rock band. At one point in the mid-1970s, Horslips bidded to be Ireland's answer to Steeleye Span. They also had crossover fans with Jethro Tull, Genesis, and even Yes in their folkier moments. Horslips released many superb albums along the way, becoming Ireland's most acclaimed band. Horslips drew on their distinctly Irish roots, and were capable of playing straight Folk material when the moment called for it, but weren't afraid to turn up loud and hard, in the best art-rock style, on the right songs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bogubundus2 on April 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A timeless classic, "Drive the Cold Winter Away" is considered to be a Christmas album, but people who live in parts of the world other than Ireland probably won't recognize most of these songs as Christmas songs, and that's a good thing, because this album is too exceptional to be played only once a year at Christmas time (If you MUST call it a Christmas album, so be it, but it is the BEST Christmas album I have ever heard!). The captivating Celtic melodies, intricate interplay among a bewildering array of strictly traditional instruments and the stirring singing, sometimes in Gaelic, sometimes in English, will transport you back to 17th century rural, snow-covered Ireland on a starry winter's night. And these guys play with an energy, intensity, and passion which is unrivaled and is too often lacking in contemporary groups of the Irish-Celtic-Folk genre. So many other groups I've heard in this category play competently enough but too often sound like a hundred other groups performing the same kind of music and/or lack intensity and/or have an overly sterile, overly polished, overly rehearsed type of sound that sounds almost like it was programmed into a machine or the result of someone fiddling with knobs on a computer. Not so with Horslips - there is skillfull playing but at the same time a raw energy which sounds like real humans playing real instruments, and, on this album, all without the aid of the usual rock instruments (except for an electric bass line in one song). Simply put, this is one of the best-performed albums of its type and stands as a timeless classic which any fan of very traditional Irish-Celtic folk music should be embarrassed if he/she doesn't have this in his/her collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In the early 70's Horslips was an Irish entry into the field of rock which blended traditional jigs and reels with strong electric instrumentation. Stylistically close to Fairport Convention, the group blended hot licks with great Irish jigs, reels, and set dances. This album was a departure in that it focused exclusively on the traditional elements of their Celtic heritage. The selections featured the vocals of Barry Devlin, coupled with the fiddle of Charles O'Conner, blended with acoustic contributions from the remaining three band members. It is a distinct change of pace from other Horslips fare, and a good album for those into both rock and traditional celtic fare. On whole, the album plays like a fine winter night in a small village pub -- just the thing to warm the bones.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oymaprat on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to assume that if you're reading this then you already know the horslips (if not try the tain or the book of invasions first)

This is very much for a fan of the early albums, especially happy to meet... and it's pointless getting it if you don't like that. If you like latter horslips and haven't tried earlier then work your way back is my advise. That roughly covers everything.

Hope I've been usefull to you, Toodle Pipskie (is that how you spell it?)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The ideal antidote to another Richard Clyderman or Mannheim Steamroller Xmas stocking stuffer. I avoid Christmas albums, but this return to Irish folk roots by a rock band is the only one I have among thousands of recordings. In fact, if you don't look at the liner notes or know Irish--or Manx--you'd not know this is a holiday-themed disc. What you'll hear is not the all-too-familiar same twelve "favorites" that tend to cling to the track selections on countless other Xmas discs. Like their best work, Horslips gives us a thematic album, but unique to their output.

Horslips in their 1970s career veered wildly across folk and rock in their discography. DTCWA follows the same year's farthest departure from the band's folk influence, 1975's "The Unfortunate Cup of Tea" LP; that LP's attempt to broaden into mainstream rock is generally held in lower regard than the band's albums that try to more evenly blend the rock into the folk rather than diluting the latter with the former.

After DTCWA, Horslips returned--perhaps with renewed committment after their folk instincts had been shown here and their pop-rock tendencies on their previous album UCT now tempered a bit--to the folk-rock electricity of their best LP, "The Book of Invasions." Then, as on their previous early 70s course, they drifted back on their last three studio albums in the late 70s towards more mainstream hard-rock away from of a folk anchorage.

Midway in their discography, DTCWA presents a folk album nearly free of electric amplification--Barry Devlin's bass appears on a couple of tracks prominently, otherwise as the witty liner notes tell us, he's credited for grumbling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bogubundus2 on April 21, 2001
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A timeless classic, "Drive the Cold Winter Away" is considered to be a Christmas album, but people who live in parts of the world other than Ireland probably won't recognize most of these songs as Christmas songs, and that's a good thing, because this album is too exceptional to be played only once a year at Christmas time (If you MUST call it a Christmas album, so be it, but it is the BEST Christmas album I have ever heard!). The captivating Celtic melodies, intricate interplay among a bewildering array of strictly traditional instruments and the stirring singing, sometimes in Gaelic, sometimes in English, will transport you back to 17th century rural, snow-covered Ireland on a starry winter's night. And these guys play with an energy, intensity, and passion which is unrivaled and is too often lacking in contemporary groups of the Irish-Celtic-Folk genre. So many other groups I've heard in this category play competently enough but too often sound like a hundred other groups performing the same kind of music and/or lack intensity and/or have an overly sterile, overly polished, overly rehearsed type of sound that sounds almost like it was programmed into a machine or the result of someone fiddling with knobs on a computer. Not so with Horslips - there is skillfull playing but at the same time a raw energy which sounds like real humans playing real instruments, and, on this album, all without the aid of the usual rock instruments (except for an electric bass line in one song). Simply put, this is one of the best-performed albums of its type and stands as a timeless classic which any fan of very traditional Irish-Celtic folk music should be embarrassed if he/she doesn't have this in his/her collection.
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