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PlanxtyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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listen  9. Si Bheag, Si Mhor 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 12, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In 1972, Christy Moore brought together uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn, Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine and formed Planxty (the name is a term for a song composed for a paying client). This, their first album, was a watershed for the coming boon in "Celtic" music, with its use of harmonies and its blend of songs, ballads and instrumental tunes. Their mix of bouzouki (now almost considered a traditional instrument, then viewed as an aberration!), bagpipes, guitars, and fiddles, along with the gritty, unadorned singing of Moore and Irvine, still stands the test of time. It was a brilliant act of faith, proclaiming that traditional Irish music could sound startlingly new without being bastardized. --Louis Gibson

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM -- WHAT A DEBUT! June 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This incredibly talented quartet actually first recorded together on Christy Moore's album PROSPEROUS (also available thru amazon) -- this, their 'official' debut, has got to be one of the most stunning first albums ever released. Four of the greatest Irish musicians of our time -- Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, bodhran), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals) and Liam Og O Floinn (Uilleann pipes, whistle) unite to form an aboslute powerhouse of Irish music.
Combining traditional jigs, reels, airs and songs with some of the best work of Ireland's fine folk-revival songwriters, Planxty gave the world living proof that 'folk' music could be every bit as exciting as rock and roll. Astoundingly talented, infinitely inventive and respectfully traditional -- Planxty was a deceptively powerful band. Looking at one of their album sleeves, reading the musician credits, many unitiated listeners were blown away by the sheer force of this music -- and captivated by its beauty as well.
Their albums, as well as their live performances, were thoughtfully well-balanced -- showcasing their instrumental prowess appropriately and always with good taste, alternating with some of the most lovely, often stirring ballads and songs that Ireland has to offer.
Blessed with two of the finest vocalists in Irish music, Christy Moore and Andy Irvine, Planxty was able to deliver songs from the entire spectrum of the Irish repertoire -- political ballads and revolutionary songs, love songs, songs of struggle -- and take it to a level most other performers could only aim at. 'Raggle taggle Gypsy' became one of their signature concert numbers -- it and 'The jolly beggar' are fine examples of traditional song on this cd.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Classic! August 12, 1998
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Planxty's title album is a standard by which the Celtic Music movement can be measured. Its opening arrangement of "The Jolly Beggar," driving as hard as any rock tune, segues into the haunting "Tabhair Dam Do Lamh," successfully transitioning from sharp irony to yearning. "Arthur McBride" is a traditional anti-recruiting song from the days when Ireland was an English colony. Its spirit is similar to the anti-draft songs of Viet Nam-era American folk-music. In fact the whole album is an example of the best of folk music: story telling and tasty arrangements featuring acoustical instruments. Unlike any American folk music, though Planxty features the Celtic uileann pipes, traditional bohdran and tin whistle, and bouzouki to go with the ubiquitous guitar. While Liam O'Flynn's uileann pipes are not so fluid and effortless as those of Paddy Maloney (The Chieftians), there is no denying my feet the urge to dance during his energy-infected "Planxty Irwin," the "Reel" that follows "The Jolly Beggar" and "Merrily Kissed the Quaker." Ancient enmity is the theme in the pipe medely of O'Carolan's lyrical "Si Bheag, Si Mhor," a battle between fairies, which flows into a duel between Irish and English in the blood-ballad "Follow Me Up to Carlow." The vocals are clean and unpretentious, letting the words carry the story with few vocal flourishes or elaboration. The whole effect of the album is that of having a core experience of "reel" Irish traditional music. Planxty's first album is a classic, a standard against which any folk album, Celtic or otherwise, can be measured, a standard hard to beat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE April 16, 1999
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They came brave and boldly, oh! February 17, 2004
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Simply the best Irish music record I've ever heard, mixing traditional reels and tunes with latter-day folk revival compositions. A great companion whether you are celebrating with friends, drinking alone, or washing the dishes. From the rousing (Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Jolly Beggar, Arthur McBride, Carlow) to the touching (West Coast of Claire, Only Our Rivers Run Free), this album delivers everything you might desire with crystal clear production highlighting the extraordinary musicianship of all involved. Everything about this record screams passion, expertise, and authenticity. It is that good. I gladly defy anyone to name me a better record of Irish music, and if you can, God bless, please do! An absolute classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Irish Album of the Last Thirty Years! October 27, 2000
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A fabulous treatment of traditional Irish music - true to the traditional spirit, yet full of energy. I bought it when it first came out on vinyl in the early 70's and I've listened to it thousands of times over the years, without ever tiring of it. This is simply the best Irish "folk" album you will ever buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Album - Planxty January 21, 2000
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This is in fact, in all but name, the second planxty Album. The first being called Prosperous, nominally a Christy Moore solo affair. The black album has all the freshness and vitality of a new group with influences beginning to mesh. The sound is traditional yet original and soooooo full of energy! Listen for the change from the end of Raggle Taggle Gypsies and hear the way the music moves into the slow air "Give me your hand" - Beautiful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, old, authentic Irish session-type music.
This is a very good CD for the Irish music purist. Planxty is the real deal. This group has been around for a long time and it's evident in their playing and authentic pub-like... Read more
Published 14 months ago by James F. Tomsovic
Thirty-nine years too late, I discover Planxty! Planxty was one of the first Irish music supergroups. The Chieftains came along in 1962, Planxty in 1972 (first recorded in 1973). Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by David Keymer
5.0 out of 5 stars It Took the The Beatles 10 years
to come up with Abbey Road. Planxty hit the same peak right off the bat and kept going. There would be some interplay among personnel as time went on, but these four men did what... Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by o dubhthaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars true to history and best rendition
Truly Irish music at it's most classic. Not your pretentious symphonia stuff; not your bar room brawl undecipherable vocals; just real stories from times gone by brought magically... Read more
Published on June 12, 2009 by Karen Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars The tremdous Irish classic!
I'm no historian or authority, but from my understanding this started a new generation of Irish recorded music. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by David Dare
5.0 out of 5 stars Planxty - start of the Irish folk music revival
I first heard Planxty when they performed in Edinburgh in 1975 as the warm-up act for Steeleye Span. Read more
Published on November 14, 2006 by Paul Shotts
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, EVER!
Its hard to add any more superlatives to the other reviews of this album, but it must be done. This is one of the greatest albums of any musical style that I've heard. Read more
Published on August 13, 2006 by B. W. Thew
5.0 out of 5 stars The best (to my ears)
As you can see from the reviews here, there cannot be enough praise for this masterpiece of Celtic culture. Read more
Published on July 29, 2006 by Frank C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much left to be said .. but!
I thought I had heard about the best of them when it come to Irish / Celtic / Folk / Traditional music. Not so, as I had never heard Planxty. Read more
Published on June 2, 2006 by Mark Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Folk
There was a time in the 70s when British and Celtic folk music conveyed the passion that seemed to have evaporated the American scene. Read more
Published on May 11, 2005 by R. J MOSS
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