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Goodbye to All That

The Low & Sweet OrchestraAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 13, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y1P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pencils And Shades
2. Sometimes The Truth Is All You Get
3. Worst Day
4. A Dog Came In The Barroom
5. Miss Her Anyway
6. Take A Long Look
7. A Nail Won't Fix A Broken Heart
8. Identified, Detained And Inspected
9. Planxty Del Zamora
10. Dirty Freddy Johnson
11. There I Thought I Saw You Once Again
12. I Had To Leave A Friend Behind

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low & Sweet soars to incredible heights December 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Yes, there is a Hollywood guy in this band, Dermot Mulroney, but it's not what you think! He has to earn his keep playing cello, mandolin & dobro. He doesn't even sing. The band also features Zander Schloss(Circle Jerks) & James Fearnley from The Pogues. I had high hopes for this disc...they were easily surpassed. It's a laid back rock album with an Irish-folk flavor to it. It's a bit reminiscent of The Pogue's Pogue Mahone...just a bit. That being said, it is a very original album with a sound that I haven't heard before. The lyrics are rich nuggets saturated with realism. Five of the twelve songs should have been instant classics. The whole disc flows beautifully. The ballads(Take A Long Look/Identified,Deatained & Inspected/I had To Leave A Friend Behind)are heartbreaking and accesible. Sometimes The Truth Is All You Get & Worst Day should both be on the radio with great regularity. It is an unfortunate crime that more people don't know about this record. I have no idea who Mike Martt is, but his vocals are absolutely perfect for this endeavor. The American/Irish elements work together brilliantly here. The Irish influence seems to've elevated it past the usual shallowness of the American trappings, while the American influence tones down the Irish faction enough to make the music more palatable to the average American listener. This a marriage of superior songwriting and flawless delivery. Goodbye To All That should not be kept a secret. It deserves your attention. I can safely say that I will be listening to this cd for the rest of my life. It is timeless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains a few absolutely great songs October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Low & Sweet Orchestra was a seven-member band of former punks that decided to make jaunty Irish-type music instead. Their name was originally "The Sweet and Low Orchestra," but they got sued by the fake sugar/real carcinogen company of the same name and had to change it.

This whole album is good--with quality guitar, vocals, banjo, accordion, mandolin, cello, dobro, violin, viola, bass, and drums--but it's got a handful of songs on it that make it worth buying the entire thing.

"Pencils and Shades" is a swingin' sunny day song that will relax you and rewind your head to great memories and better weather.

And "Sometimes the Truth is All You Get" is reason enough to buy this album, especially at the ridiculously low prices you can get a copy used off Amazon. Beautiful violin, stampy drums and guitar and accordion, and a drifting yet upbeat and rocking feel.

And "Miss Her Anyway"...man, you just need to hear this album. I like it more the more I think about it. I should say though that "Miss Her Anyway" is a happy song about setting off into the world despite knowing that you love what you have to leave behind. It rocks and it's thoughtful, and that fits me just fine.

"A Nail Won't Fix A Broken Heart" is a good one too, with great accordion and some fun and surprising stop/start progressions.

Overall, I highly recommend this album. All of its songs are good, but some, some are just priceless. Buy it to feel happy, to drive to on a nice day, or to drink to on a rainy one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this March 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD.The music is original, a little Irish, very funny at times. My favorite "A Dog Walked Into The Bar" Sounds a lot like Shane Macgowan when he was a little bit sober. If you liked the Pogues and the Popes and Shane, buy this, relax and enjoy.This would be a great CD to dance to also.I think this is the only CD they made,unfortunately. If there are anymore, they will be on my wishlist.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly original effort January 13, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The best CD purchase I've made in the last two years. A unique sound with a really rich texture. It's good all the way through. I particularly like "Pencils and Shades" and "Miss Her Anyway". Hints of the Pogues in their music, but with better rhythm and tune. I hope a new effort is on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD! March 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is really great. If you like the Pogues, you'll probably enjoy this band. Every song on the album is good.I bought two copies of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that.... June 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think that this is an album (yes, because it has a theme - hard times) has its chief value in the lyrics that are backed up by solid and creative musicianship. I believe that the highest marks of appreciation will come from those who can relate to some of the situations described. I can relate to a version of many of those lyrical vignettes or known others who did. I even knew a dog that came into a barroom, and got all the other dogs barking! And I am old enough to have seen a couple versions of "Dirty Freddy Johnson," enough girlfriends I left for worse, and more than one that hates me for life. (Better than being forgotten!)

For those who have had flawless lives or too short (so far) lives, this album may seem tedious or only slightly entertaining, but aside from the great music, (Celtic Rock is always great to hear in a new version) - this CD is a monument to the life of the inner self.

And I loved that Christ "heart in hands" album art that also looked like a Claddaugh Ring!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mgracer March 8, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Deeply layer both musically and emotionally. Succesfully complex music without getting lost in the background. It all blends together beautifully. I have never played this albumn for anyone how didn't love it, regardless of what style of music they tend to listen to.
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