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Rant & Roar

Great Big Sea, Ani DiFrancoAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000007OPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ordinary Day
2. Up
3. Mari-Mac
4. End Of The World
5. Fast As I Can
6. The Night Pat Murphy Died
7. Goin Up
8. General Taylor
9. Dancing With Mrs. White
10. Something To It
11. Lukey
12. The Old Black Rum
13. Rant And Roar
14. Bonus Track 1

Editorial Reviews

Musicians have been fusing traditional Celtic music with rock & roll since the '60s, but few have done it as successfully as the Canadian band Great Big Sea. Rant and Roar is the band's sixth CD, and it's designed to introduce them to U.S. audiences by presenting the best songs from two of their earlier releases, Up and Play. Unlike most Celtic-rock fusion bands, Great Big Sea eschew electric guitars and synthesizers in favor of acoustic guitars and traditional instruments like bodhran, bouzouki, fiddle, flute, and whistle. But on tracks like "The Old Black Rum," a rousing drinking song in the Dubliners tradition; the moving ballad "General Taylor"; or their cover of R.E.M.'s "End of the World," their instrumental prowess and powerful vocals more than make up for the lack of electric instruments. Not only have Great Big Sea scored hits with previously archaic song forms like sea shanties, drinking tunes, and ballads, they make these old songs rock. --Michael Simmons

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshinly new musical experience for this rocker. November 13, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My musical taste has generally been hard rock and it was getting old and tired for me. I live in Massachusetts and I caught Great Big Sea doing an outdoor live concert from snowy Marble Mountain, Newfoundland on my satellite receiver.
I couln't believe my ears. I had been looking for something new and this band was proud, bold, rockin and entertaining like no other band I've ever known.
I can only best describe the music as happy, whimsical, and spirited. Music you can sing-a-long to, dance to or relax to. I obtained their first three Canadian CD's, Great Big Sea, Up and Play and I became a serious fan.
Their US release of Rant and Roar is a fantastic compilation and more of some of their best music. There is not a single lousy track. I highly recommend you buy the CD and you'll find yourself playing it over and over, again and again.
I love them so much, my wife Donna and I traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to see them perform. Don't miss a chance to see them live.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't lived until you've heard "End of the World" December 9, 1999
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I heard these guys on the radio over an NPR station, "The Night Pat Murphy Died" specifically - kind of folk music on speed, I guess. The CD is amazing, few CDs make me want to get up and dance as much as this one does. I've played it for friends (all of whom have slightly eclectic tastes) and its become the most popular CD of mine to "borrow". If you like folksy music played quickly and with passion, this is a must-own CD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Come in, take off your hat and coat and grab a seat near the fire. Order a pint of 'screech' and relax, the music is about to begin. Welcome to Newfoundland!

'Rant And Roar' is a fun, rollicking CD by the Great Big Sea, four native Newfoundlanders who draw their inspiration and music from a unique and rich cultural heritage. English, Irish, Scottish, French and who knows what else come together with a flair that reminds us all of what the "Old World" was like in simplier times.

Though I'm not a native Newfoundlander I have spent numerous summer's there visiting the maternal side of my family. In my youth I've walked up and down Saint John's fishing docks listening to my Grandfather barter in Portugese with fisherman for the best price on the catch of the day and watched the icebergs float by while standing atop Cabot's Tower on the hillside overlooking Saint John's Harbor. All the pleasant memories of the time I've spent there is embodied in this wonderful music. Come with me to other time, another place and sing the type of songs your Grandparents sang. Songs of love, songs of life, songs for drinking and a dirge or two thrown in for good measure. Just be sure to bring your stomping shoes if you got any!

My Highest Recomendation!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you think you don't like Celts... February 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fabulous CD. It lilts. It rock. It beats St. John's Wort AND Prozac for a mood-altering, uplifting experience. If you start with this one, or with their TURN CD, I guarantee you'll be hooked on GBS for life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Celtic-rock CD August 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is a very nice mix of pop-rock and Celtic music. The upbeat songs are handled so well you can't help but sing along. The musicianship and arrangements are both excellent. GBS's version of "Mari-Mac" is the best I've heard anyone do and they handle REM's "End of the World as We Know It" very well. I've always liked "The Night Pat Murphy Died" and they do a good rousing version here. The only songs that get to me are the two ballads, both of which are a little too sappy for my taste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahalo (HawaiianThanks) July 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
While ordering a Gaelic Storm CD from I was shown a list of other CD's purchased by Amazon customers who had bought Gaelic Strom. Rant and Roar was on that list. I had never heard of the group or the CD... I purchased it and was delighted! I never tire of the wonderful, upbeat, unique celtic/rock sound. Tracks like Ordinary Day make you believe in yourself, Fast As I Can is a lovely ode to love. And the last hidden track is well fantastic - and well worth the lag time wait. I almost missed it not knowing there was a hidden last tract - wait a full minute after the last song.This band is great, like it's name. I always feel good when listening to it. I would love to hear these guys live!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! August 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A friend recommended this as my first GBS CD. I'm a great fan of bands like Gaelic Storm and other Irish/Celtic/Folk-sounding bands and had heard of GBS but never owned their music. I'll be adding other titles to my collection soon but am glad this was my first. Great introduction to a great band. From the notes on their website looks like they're headed toward the fame and fortune they've been working for. Spread the word, GBS is Great Big Fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really? October 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD because of the reviews - my sound card in my computer isn't working and I wasn't able to listen to the previews. I should have spent my money towards a new sound card. I agree that this band sounds like they would be a fun band to see live, but not worth spending the money for a recorded version. Every other song on the CD is a high-energy, pub song - but interspersed throughout is the bands attempts at ballads that are not very good. If you are looking for, as I was, a fun, irish, pub band CD - try "Gaelic Storm" by Gaelic Storm or "Molinos" by Paperboys. Two incredible CDs that will have you singing along to every song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Big Sea
These guys are a breath of fresh air. Completely removed from the everyday radio play of predictable sounds, artists, and routine rock and roll. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gloria L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sound
Besides the well-crafted musicianship, this is one of the most techically perfect CDs I've ever heard. Read more
Published on March 13, 2011 by Music Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Rant & Roar
I became acquainted with GBS over a decade ago when our cable use to carry MuchMusic. I came across Great Big Sea playing a festival in their native Newfoundland. Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by R. M. Ettinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Hearing
Good introduction to "Canada's House Band". Compilation of their first two Canadian studio albums. Also recommend "Road Rage" (live).
Published on January 15, 2009 by John Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Track
there's a hidden track on here that my friend had never heard before who has seen them live. Very fun and funny track for fans of GBS
Published on January 3, 2008 by Brian M. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the tip of the iceberg but a good place to start...
If you really want to know what these guys are all about...see them live when they come to your area... Read more
Published on May 20, 2006 by T. LeBaron
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best.
If you like traditional Irish music that has grown with the times, this is for you. The album moves along at a great pace and there is just enough of Irish tradition to make you... Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun time with irish type music
I am a clogging teacher and bought this CD because I wanted the music to "Jolly Beggarman" which is the hidden track (#14) on the CD. Read more
Published on October 7, 2005 by Robert Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Maine Music at Its Best
Rockin' Maine music that keeps the wheels of equity turning.
Published on July 27, 2005 by Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Celtic
I relaly don't see why people are calling this masterpiece Celtic music...

Great Big Sea are form Newfoundland, a small Island in Eastern Canada.. Read more
Published on August 2, 2004
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