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Live Wizardry [Live]

Silly WizardAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • ASIN: B000005CSA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Queen Of Argyll
2. Mrs. Martha Knowles/The Pitnacree Ferryman/The New Bob
3. The Parish of Dunkeld/The Curlew
4. The Valley of Strathmore
5. Miss Shepherd/Sweeney's Buttermilk/McGlinchey's Reels
6. The Ramblin' Rover
7. The Blackbird
8. Scarce O'Tatties/Lyndhurst
9. The Banks Of The Lee
10. Donald McGillavry
11. Golden, Golden
12. The Humors Of Tulla/Toss The Feathers/Saint Anne's Reel/Lexy McAskill/The Limerick Lasses...
13. The Broom Of The Cowden Knowes

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine the Roof Top Concert of Let It Be December 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the swan song, a final farewell for the group that had taken the Celtic Revival sparked by Christy Moore and blew it into an uncompromising Firestorm that swept all before it. The incendiary virtuosity of Johnny and Phil Cunningham, the protean songwriting and mellifluous voice of Andy M. Stewart, the rock solid rhythm fretwork of Martin Haden and Gordon Jones were unparalleled at the time and set the bar so high that only Altan has ever surpassed them. And the case can well be made that there would be no Altan without Silly Wizard. This December, founding member Johnny Cunningham passed away, and thus an incredible part of Scots culture has left us.
You must remember that this band was formed by Cunningham in 1972 when he was 14 and Phil was 12. every significant Scottish musicians in the 80"s and 90's was impacted by Silly Wizard. Most of the really important ones were either briefly associated or absolutely inspred by SW's accomplishments.
As you can tell from the customer reviews, all of the CDs were sterling efforts. This one though has all the bittersweet elements of a fond farewell. Like The Beatles, there had been a feeling that they had covered the waterfront and it was time to move on. A tour was launched and perhaps the best playing of their career was delivered. The humour on stage was more accurately captured on the Green Linnet video, but this is a remarkable document of a band who quit at the peak and left all of us forever wanting more.
If you have nay Scots blood in you at all, you will find yourself full of pride in these remarkable men. If you have an avocation for this music, it simply does not get any better at all. 5 stars is somehow far short of just how incredible this disc is.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Live Wizardry" is the penultamate presentation of the five members of Silly Wizardry. SW sounds a bit like "clan na'geal" or "Seven Nations" but unique in their own.
From the first song "Queen Of Argyll" a tale of a lady of exceeding beauty and charm, but out of reach, Andy starts a melodious exploration of new and traditional Scotts music. You can see the smoke coming off the violins (being played so fast and hard) in many of the songs on this collection.
"The Parish Of Dunkeld" brings people back to the roots of Religion, reminding people that it's the folks who make the church, not the walls.
"The Valley Of Strathmore" is a ballad of a heartbroken man wishing one last day with his departed love. Eerily romantic, tears of joy can be felt through the lyrics, and the voice of the instruments.
"The Ramblin' Rover" is a lyrical journey across the faces of the people that one could meet in on! e's life. Just as the journey is made, so is the song. This is a rare instance of acapella from Silly Wizard.
"Donald McGillavry" is a swirling mix of Scottish and English. Just as the notes toss on a sea beaten into a froth, so do the lyrics as the group sings about every townsfolks nightmare. "...and maggots wouldn't eat 'im" and you know this is a tough guy! Brush up on your Gaelic, or visit some of the web sites for the translations of the songs.
"Golden, Golden" and "The Broom of the Cowden Knowes" bring us back to the tender side of the group.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly Wizard - Live Wizardry November 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great CD! Perfect pub music. Ramblin' Rover is one of the best. Their live album even has audience in it when recorded in Boston. A great buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Celtic Band in existence October 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Silly Wizard is the final authority on Celtic music. They are adept musicians and Andy Stewart's ballads bring a tear to my glass eye. They are the best at the "stutter step" style of playing (32nd and 64th notes in the middle of the measure). You'd swear "Ramblin Rover" has been around for hundreds of years, and the whole album is just a treat to listen to. Get this one immediately!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best CD (and that's saying a lot!) December 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you have heard Silly Wizard before but don't have this CD then let me just say this: I am not normally a big fan of live recordings, but SW just sounds great on this album. I think it because they are essentially a live band. As much as I love their regular studio stuff, you can tell that in front an audience is where they do best.
If you've never heard of SW before it's because they broke up in the late 80's just as they were catching on in America and the major labels were falling over themselves to sign them. That when I first became a fan, too late to see them live myself.
I don't know of any group since that has captured their sound. This is the kind of music you would expect to hear being played in the back of a pub in a small Scottish town. They mix the traditional and some modern instrumentation to play traditional and new music with firm roots in their heritage.
These are working class guys who wrote songs that sounded like the music their Grandma used to sing to them, and at the eve of their fame decided they would rather go back to their families and their day jobs than be famous. They still put out solo CDs now and then, but as a band SW has never played again.
So grab this while you can because there isn't anything else like it and there never will be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I've enjoyed Silly Wizard since my teens and this is my favorite compilation of their CD's with a bit of everything I like.
Published 8 months ago by CuriosityHound
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Whole Story
You should be aware that this CD omits two selections from the 2 LPs that Green Linnet released from these concerts in the mid-1980s. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by dpa
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to a great band and Celtic music
The essence of this band is live performance, so anything less is just canned Celtic. Much of the fun of listening to it is marvelling at the quality of the musicianship while... Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Jim K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast shipping and great condition
The CD is in excellent condition as indicated on the marketplace and shipping was very fast. No complaints at all. :)
Published on April 13, 2009 by Jonathan Stucklen
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special...
The other reviews here pay justice to a truly beautiful album. There is very little in modern Celtic music to match the beauty and sheer exile's pain of Andy Stewart's vocal on... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Larry from Brooklyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The best work of a genre
I grew up with Silly Wizard. My earliest memory of any kind of a concert was as a young boy, probably in '85 or so, dancing in the aisles of a small hall while Silly Wizard played. Read more
Published on November 15, 2007 by Sean Westberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond fabulous--a great intro to Silly Wizard
Full disclosure: I had an Irish roommate in college who played Celtic and Gaelic music non-stop. I thought for years I didn't like anything remotely like this music because I was... Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by Catherine S. Vodrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic!
"Live Wizardry" is the best collection of Silly Wizard's music that I know of. All my favorite songs are here, displaying the band's most appealing traits: the intensity of crowd... Read more
Published on January 1, 2004 by Brianna Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden jewel
Hands down the best gaelic, celtic, folk, whatever you want to call it band out there. Very down to earth real music. Read more
Published on January 18, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid that this is a live album!
I was worried that there would be a lot of crowd noise on this one, but my fears were unfounded. There is just applause at the start and finish of some of the songs. Read more
Published on May 31, 2001 by Moviegal
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