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Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul

Eileen IversAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000087JC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fusion" for traditional music lovers! April 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm a Celtic music fan-- I run the Celtic Music Society of Montgomery, and I brought my group from Montgomery to Birmingham to see Eileen play this concert. I admit I hadn't done my homework and assumed "Immigrant Soul" would be about the Irish-immigration experience. And don't get me wrong: that experience is referred to and explored in this album, particularly with the spoken lament, "Parting of Friends," about the bittersweet parties held before an Irishman would sail away-- most likely forever. These were known as an American Wake. In concert, the piper Ivan Goff recites this, in a spotlight-- in the grand irish tradition of mixing song and recitation.
"fusion" is a word usually applied to cuisine-- Asian-French, Latin-Indian. And just as those dishes can amaze the palate with the shock of something both new and "just right," this album is surprisingly pleasing, refreshing and satisfying.
"Surprising" because Eileen Ivers has a fan base of traditional music-- Celtic music-- fans. But "tradition" has not meant ossified for quite a long time-- maybe not since Andy Irvine picked up a bouzouki and added Greek instrumentation to the Irish supergroup Planxty (Irvine has since gone on to explore Eastern European rhythms).
But the Caribbean and Latin rhythms are the surprising flavor in this fabulous concoction. It's a real fusion, not just a spice laid on top-- but the Irish ingredients are never missing, as such knockouts as "Paddy in Zululand" and the lilting "Go Lassie Go" (otherwise known as "Wild Mountain Thyme") make clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eileen delivers yet again March 13, 2003
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It is relatively safe to say that Eileen Ivers is best fiddler and virtuoso out performing and recording today. Her style crosses new boundaries as is clearly apparent on Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, while still maintaining the distinct sound and energy woven into her works. Pure technical skill and places her on the same level of ability as the great classical musicians of our time, but perhaps more unique to her particular style is the passion and energy put forth. Ivers is a very outgoing and personable musician whose own personal energy can be molded into fast-paced reels or slower jigs.
This CD encompasses all of this same feeling with a few new twists. Tommy McDonnell who sang with the Blues Brothers, contributes powerful vocals on some of the tracks along with his harmonica. These songs are many times greater live, so though some songs may not pack as much punch as is expected, it is worth it to buy the CD to learn the lyrics and sing with them at a performance. Ivers imports many more styles and sounds to compliment the Celtic foundation, including Hispanic beats, African sounds, and vocals including a choir. Those looking for her purely violin focused works may be slightly disappointed, but there are several virtuoso tracks along with a very touching poem about the American Wake, which in itself is worth the cost. Those who do not know much about Eileen Ivers, I suggest purchasing her earlier works to greater appreciate and understand the wide spectrum of her talent and enchanting passion, though this isn't a bad first CD either.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Santana meets Tom Jones February 26, 2003
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This CD is all over the place, but so is Ivers. Her eclectic tastes and her Irish roots have sent her out as a one woman Celtic Diaspora. I'd say this CD reflects New York more than anything else. Spanish Harlem, African immigrants and the hustle and bustle of the pace of NY infuse this record with loads of energy. The focus is as ADD as NYers are anyway, so to me it seems telling of its origins.
None the less, Ivers has the goods. She's mucked it up plenty with punk, tradition and the Vegas-y Riverdance, and still one is awed by her chops. This woman can cook with all the burners up. Riverdance was less what it was about in Ireland than a showcase for the formiddable dynamics of Eileen Ivers once it hit Radio City. Flatley was and has been clearly at a loss in looking to duplicate Ivers' relentless pursuit of reel magic with any sort of fiddlechic who kept her clothes on.
So in this endeavour, you have a clearly irrepresible Ivers gettin jiggy with a mix of NY, Irish and Spanish and African musicians. Like all of her work, it is absolutely great craic. The oddest thing about this, and I'm still not sure how I really feel about it, is that the lead singer sounds like Tom Jones. A lot. It's not unusual maybe for Ivers to pull this one off, and it rarely teeters into the smarmy tidepool Jones loved to wallow in, but it still comes off as odd and jarring.
I'm not sure I could tell you where Ivers is going with this. It isn't Afro-Celt. And perhaps that's how she likes it. Anyway, it is a great hoot to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic / African joyous music October 6, 2013
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Eileen Ivers is one of the most amazing fiddle players out there. I especially love the way that she is so open to a huge variety of musical styles. This album pulses with energy and joy, melding African rhythms and melodies with Celtic tunes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite cd but good
Eileen Ivers cant go wrong but this is not my favorite of hers. Little too repetitive. Like some of her first ones. Seemed to change it up on tempo and styles on the older ones..
Published 17 months ago by Richi
5.0 out of 5 stars love her music
saw her in Hoover Alabama - ordered this album - will buy another - she is just terrific and this album certainly does not dissappoint - if you get a chance to see her live, she is... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars she's so cool!!
I got a chance to see Eileen Ivers live and couldn't get her out of my head, so ordered this the very next day! What a wonderful cd!! Read more
Published on June 1, 2007 by Elizabeth A. Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not what I expected
I thought it would be more trad fiddle. But, it's a fun CD to listen to!
Published on March 19, 2007 by K. Scriber
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
Excellent and she's even better in concert! Best concert I've ever been to. How she manages to play the fiddle while dancing is beyond me. Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by D. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD Immediately
I was taken to see Eileen Ivers last winter and had no idea what to expect. Words cannot describe the energy of the concert nor Ivers immense talent. Read more
Published on November 8, 2004 by N. K. Comley
4.0 out of 5 stars Please lose the singer.....
Eileen Ivers is the best violinist I have ever heard in my life, and she is incredibly innovative, but what was she thinking when she got this singer guy? Read more
Published on October 15, 2004 by Stephen D. Chamblee
5.0 out of 5 stars I've ever heard
Ok I've heard a lot of violinists and Celtic music (especially Afro-Celt:), but Eileen Ivers blows me away. Read more
Published on September 15, 2004 by DawgPwnd
2.0 out of 5 stars Slick and Clichéd
The concept of melding Celtic music traditions with African, American, and Latin conventions sounds better than it actually, well, sounds when you hear it. Read more
Published on September 17, 2003 by loce_the_wizard
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