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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0013D8JUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Founding member Trevor Hutchison spent much of 2007 pouring over the band’s body of work to select the tracks that best represent not only the energy, drive and fire that Lúnasa is known for, but also the uniqueness of their compositions and arrangement style. Along the way, the band made a side trip to the Compass Sound Studio in Nashville to re-record “Aibreann” and “Morning Nightcap” as a way of illustrating the sound of the current line-up and in the process redefined these band favourites as classics of their repertoire. The end result is a mind-blowing showcase of arguably the greatest instrumental group ever to exist in Irish music. • Re-visited and re-mixed, including two new recordings of Lúnasa classics “Aibreann” and “Morning Nightcap”. • Includes tracks from all three Green Linnet titles and all three Compass titles, including the originally self-released and now classic album Lúnasa. • Includes expansive liner notes on the band’s history and an extensive photo journal of the past 11 years. Featured are current band members: double bassist Trevor Hutchinson, piper Cillian Vallely, flutist Kevin Crawford, fiddler Sean Smyth, and guitarist Paul Meehan, as well as past members Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Michael McGoldrick (flute) and John McSherry (Uilleann pipes). Tracks: Eanáir: Lord Mayo / Gavotte; Maid Of Mt. Cisco / Feabhra: An Erc'h War an Enezeg (Snow On The Island); Brenda Stubbert's; Thunderhead / Aibreann: The Last Pint (re-recording) / The Miller of Drohan / The Floating Crowbar; McGlinchy’s; The Almost Reel / O'Carolan’s Welcome; Rolling In The Barrel / Killarney Boys Of Pleasure / Casu: Asturian Air; Aires de Pontevedra; Muineira de Casu / Morning Nightcap: The Wedding Reel; Morning Nightcap; The Malbay Shuffle (re-recording) / Cregg's Pipes: Cregg's Pipes; Uist Reel; John Doherty's / Fest Noz: Ridees 6 temps; Punch: Scottish Concerto Strathspey; Trip To Windsor; Punch In The Dark / The Dimmers: Jerry O’Sullivan’s; The Dimmers / Leckan Mor: Kalyana; Above In The Garret; Leckan Mór / The Dingle Berries: The Hop Slide; Padraig O’Keefe’s; Nessa The Mover; Trip To Dingle / Across The Black River


These guys can play like bandits. --Billboard

A near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality... --The Chicago Tribune

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gould on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Waybacks are simply astonishing. If there is a band with more chops than The Waybacks, I have not heard them yet. "Loaded," like the band's three previous studio releases, continues to surprise, delight and take the listener to new musical places. The virtusosity of James Nash's guitar & mandolin playing and Warren Hood's fiddle work give you the feeling that there is simply nothing that they can not do with these instruments. Warren Hood's "dreamy" vocals fall somewhere among Harry Connick, Rick Nelson, Alison Krauss and Norah Jones, if that is possible, and it is! In live performances, Warren has every female's undivided attention after the first thirty seconds of his solos.

Unlike The Waybacks other releases, which were at least 60% instrumental, "Loaded" has one instrumental track, with the rest of the CD being "song driven." The virtuosity of their playing is used to propel each song, rather than simply dazzle, which it does without breaking a sweat.

There is not a weak track on "Loaded." As always, The Waybacks are virtually impossible to categorize and pigeon-hole into any one genre of musical styles. This CD has: Cajun, Blues, Celtic, Folk, Country, Road House Boogie, Texas Swing, Rock, Classical/Gypsy Jazz, and Americana. ALL GREAT. There is not one Bluegrass cut on the entire CD. And yet, The Waybacks continue to be grouped in the Americana/Bluegrass category by the music industry.

What is a music industry executive to do?

The only thing The Waybacks need is a Clive Davis or Live Nation to solve the "categorization" challenge and market The Waybacks to a broader audience, not just the Americana/Bluegrass listener.

I have yet to meet anyone who after seeing The Waybacks perform live doesn't say, "That is one of the best bands I have ever heard."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Struck on April 7, 2008
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The new CD by the Waybacks, Loaded, is superb and full of creative, interesting and fun songs by extremely talented musicians. The group uses various acoustic and electric instruments masterfully, especially guitar and fiddle. The lyrics tell wonderful stories, and the singing and harmonies grab you right from the opening song "City Boy", a tale about an enthusiastic city guy who discovers he feels right at home by a riverbank:

Looking out from the riverbank
All that I can see
Muddy water rushing by
Let it wash all over me ...

Sometimes the world just opens up
And welcomes you right in
The glimpses of your distant dreams
Are now the places where you've been
And I'm not the kind who likes to brag
But I think I've found my home
Drifting farther from the shore
Never more to roam

This CD is very diverse and all the songs are memorable and leave you wanting to sing along. Other wonderful songs include the foot-stomping "Tired of Being Right", the sea-shanty song "Beyond the Northwest Passage", "Loaded" (tale of a man's unfortunate decision to stop at bar instead of heading straight home), and the comical and clever "Conjugal Visit".

This CD cannot be categorized into just one or two styles of music, and therein lies the beauty of this recording .... excellent musicianship, entertaining and clever songs, fun and interesting lyrics, smooth harmonies .... a winner in every way! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Captain on April 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you are the kind of person that is perhaps a bit hesitant to take the plunge into bluegrass or folk music then perhaps you have just not been exposed to a band that certainly reveres what the folk and bluegrass movement has done but seeks to add their own flair to the genre.

Perhaps the entire bluegrass music genre has simply fallen prey to the stereotypes of guys named Cletus being the only people that would actually like a band that plays music that loosely fits the mold of bluegrass. However, what the listener is presented with when they hear the music of The Waybacks is bluegrass knocked around a few times and thrown on its head. The music is catchy and foot tapping and is a wild rock infused sort of sound that is in a class all of its own.

With their latest release Loaded serving as a good barometer as to what the music of The Waybacks is certainly all about, listeners can rest assured that this album will provide them with a sound that never borders on hokey and a feel throughout this album that indeed this band knows how to perform and produce quality music.

The Waybacks are comprised of James Nash (guitars, mandolins, vocals), Chuck Hamilton (drums, vocals), Joe Kyle, Jr. (bass, vocals) and Warren Hood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals).

The band wastes no time with bringing the listener smack dab into the middle of what The Waybacks are all about on their album opening track City Boy . An impressive emphasis on ensuring that the vocals are paired well with the instrumentation is clearly evidenced and perhaps the highlight of the track is a rather solid minute or so of strictly instrumental sounds toward the end of the track. The music is polished and seems to be an important focus of the band.
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The albums I purchased previously by the Waybacks were ones I filed under what has come to be known as "progressive bluegrass" (everything from Grisman and Bush to Railroad Earth). This album retains only a tinge of bluegrass (mainly the mandolin and fiddle riffs), and is more what I'd call Southern Rock. That said, it really does rock! It does overlap "progressive country" somewhat, but not enough to bother me (I'm not a real fan of country except for crossover artists like Dixie Chicks and the Eagles.) All in all, I do recommend this, as it is very well played and lots of fun. But you do need to keep an open mind, and take it as it comes.
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