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Hi (TM) How Are You Today? [Enhanced]

Ashley MacIsaacAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0002RMAPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beton's Delight
2. Sellpy Maggie
3. Rusty D-con-STRUCK-tion
4. The Devil In the Kitchen
5. MacDougall's Pride
6. Spoonboy
7. What An Idiot He Is
8. Sophie's Pipes
9. Sad Wedding Day
10. Wing-stock
11. Hills of Glenorchy
12. Brenda Subbert
13. Sleepy Maggie - The Sandman Mix
14. Sleepy Maggie - The Deep Sleep Mix
15. Sleepy Maggie - The BKS Chameleon Boom Mix 1
16. Sleepy Maggie - The BKS Chameleon Boom Mix 2

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Product Description

About the Artist

Since Hi, How Are You Today was released in 1995 selling half a million copies worldwide, including a Triple Platinum Canadian certification, stories about Ashley MacIsaac have been told and re-told so many times that it’s impossible to tell the factual from the fictional. He has remained at the forefront of the Canadian psyche, recording and touring all over Canada, Europe, the US and Australia. Earlier this year Linus Entertainment signed Ashley for the world, and is digitally re-mastering and re-issuing his catalogue, prior to releasing a new studio album in early 2005. Currently on tour with Philip Glass.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is NOT Your Father's Celtic Music!!! June 24, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It rocks!!! It probably belongs more at the X-Games that your local pub (actually they love it at my Irish pub).
The music ranges from a jazzy piano opening on 'Wing-Stock' to speed-Celtic on 'Devil in the Kitchen' (you'll know what I mean when you hear it).
I heard an MP3 of 'Wing-Stock' and it absolutely blew me away. I ordered the CD right away and was ecstatic about the rest of it. It is a must buy regardless if you are looking for alternative, rock or Celtic.
If you buy this and like it check out Brigid Boden too. She is another alternative Celtic artist. If you know of any other artists playing this type of alternative/rock with a Celtic twist, please let me know!
One note of caution: Ashley's other albums are nothing like this one. They are traditional Celtic Jigs and Reels. Don't get carried away and order his whole discography until you have sampled them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stinkin awesome album! June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Celtic music to bug your parents with. This is probably the most hard rockin celtic album I've heard yet. Punk guitar and celtic fiddle, what a combo. Not quite as traditional as "Fine thank you very much", which I didn't care for all that much. The fiddle playing is incredible, as well as the arrangements of songs. I tend to skip the softer songs and head straight for the rockers. If I want more traditional I listen to Patrick Street or something. But that's just me though. I thought "Sleepy Maggie"'s poppy vocals were kind of annoying. And "What an idiot", well that was kind of annoying, but funny too. You don't expect it, that's for sure. I love tracks 3,4,10,11, and 12. If you like high energy rock and fiddles check it out. It's definitely a must have in any celtic-rock collection. If you like this, other good Celtic rock bands are Wolfstone, Seven Nations and Brother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... May 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
...No, really, it HASN'T been done before, and there's NO real comparison to Steeleye Span or that particular form genre of folk-rock/whatever-the-[heck]-you=want-to-call-it. Ashley Mac's giving it the Nova Scotian, Cape Breton nineties trance treatment, which is NOTHING I remember from Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span. At very least, the [smartie] whose review they've chosen to post as the 'official' word on MacIsaac's artistry did give up a few points for his playing. Otherwise, it's a poor way to present what for the most part is really an original, (yes, ORIGINAL)contemporary twist put on traditional tunes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gain some, lose some September 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love this record and while it's nice to have four remixes of Sleepy Maggie, the hidden track "Catherine Cries" that was on the previous edition has been left off this one!

The remastering didn't really add much as the record was mastered and mixed well to begin with.

Worth getting if you don't have it already, but don't rush to upgrade unless you really like Sleepy Maggie remixes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've done it to me. . . . December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whatever it is. . I want more! I drive the back hill country roads with this music blaring until my soul screams for mercy. . .how do you do this to me? I don't even know you and now you are all I want to hear! I've gone off the edge, just where I like to be most all the time now. Buy this CD and you won't have many dull moments. . . but beware, you WILL go into the beyond. It is beyond the beyond. Thank you, Ashley!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, if you can't see him in concert . . . July 30, 1998
Format:Audio CD
. . . you still have to buy the CD! The full Ashley experience can only be had live, but this is the next best thing. When he revs his fiddle up to a fevered pitch, just imagine a whole lot of stompin' going on. Mr. MacIsaac learnt his fiddle playin' from the King of the Faeries, and the energy in this album proves it! Here you have the hit single, "Sleepy Maggie," sung in Galic but all about "sex and dancin'." And there's "The Devil in the Kitchen," a no holds barred, take no prisoners, gritty, grungy Fiddle Fest. In the middle of the album, the humor of "What An Idiot He Is" sneaks up on you; it's one of the funniest, wittiest songs I've ever heard. Point is: the album's all good. You've moshed, you've banged your head. Now learn how to stomp.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toe-tapping Fiddle Rock Madness July 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
'Hi How Are You Today' marries heavy guitars and rock beats with traditional Nova Scotia fiddle tunes for really fun musical experience. Ashley MacIsaac's bow has got to be smoking at the end of some of these tunes. (It probably caught fire at some point during 'The Devil is in the Kitchen.')
There isn't a boring moment on the entire CD, but that particularly stand out are 'Rusty D-con-STRUCK-tion,' 'Sophia's Pipes,' and 'Wing-Stock,' all three of which run with the layered approach to music that is present in most of the tracks and take it to great heights and extremes. 'MacDougall's Pride' also bears mentioning because it stands apart from the frenetic energy of the rest of the album as a gorgeous, quiet piece performed entirely with aucoustic/traditional instruments.
I'd probably give this album Five Stars if not for the 'What An Idiot He Is' track. While not a bad song, it is somewhat dull and sticks out like a thumb struck repeatedly with a hammer among the rest of the tunes.
I'm also a bit baffled by the 'easter egg' at the end of Track 12. I simply don't get the point. The first part is a rather neat little excursion into 'techno-fiddle' country, with a length indicated on the insert, but its then followed by a minute of total silence before a 'bonus track' titled 'Kill Your Foe' starts. I've found other instances of this approach to be just as lame and annoying. I don't mind unlisted tracks, I just don't understand why some producers choose to make it impossible to easily scan to them. (I can't really fault the music though... it's a nice piece. I just don't like the approach taken in presenting it on the CD.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
there's one song ! U know !!
Published 2 months ago by J
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Two songs are great. The rest? Okay
Published 2 months ago by Nancy M. Nunneley
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is fantastic (Chris Nickson can suck it)
OK, I know the title's a bit harsh, but seriously -- as a fan of the bands he names (Steeleye/Fairport etc) I can honestly say there is no point comparing them to Ashley MacIsaac. Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by T. Scot
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this cd is an awesome way to wake up and get going!! It just makes me want to dance! very traditional sounding as well as modern tunes.
Published on June 26, 2009 by Valerie A. Wigham
5.0 out of 5 stars Disciplined Fiddle Mayhem
Ashley MacIsaac is a very talented fiddler out of Cape Breton, whom I first saw in the Celtic Tides - A Musical Odyssey documentary and later saw in a session with with The... Read more
Published on February 29, 2008 by Montague Whitsel
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sleepy Maggie"
I first heard MacIsaac's playing on a compilation, and the song was "Sleepy Maggie." I fell in love with it, and later just fell in love with this CD. Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by TheBanshee
4.0 out of 5 stars Not traditional, but really good
I love traditional Irish music and had never heard of Ashley MacIsaac but learned about him from a Canadian friend. Read more
Published on September 28, 2007 by Anna in PDX (was Cairo)
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Heard this cd from a freind and it blew my mind. Rock and fiddle, awesome combination. The album can be broken down into the following

1-4 These tracks make you wonder... Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by smith guyigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Decade-old Remixes
I don't have the new version of this album, but I do have the original and the Sleepy Maggie single from which the four remixes at the end were lifted. Read more
Published on September 16, 2006 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun you can have with a couple spoons!
Others have said there is nothing new here. I completely disagree! Ashley takes traditional Celtic music and sets it on its ear. Read more
Published on March 26, 2006 by Starlight
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