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listen  1. Mo Ghile Mear ("Our Hero")The Chieftains;Sting 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Long Black VeilThe Chieftains 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Foggy DewThe Chieftains with Sinead O'Connor 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?The Chieftains 4:39Album Only
listen  5. Changing Your DemeanourThe Chieftains 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Lily of the WestThe Chieftains 5:09Album Only
listen  7. Coast of MalabarThe Chieftains 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dunmore LassiesThe Chieftains 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love Is Teasin'The Chieftains 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. He Moved Through the FairThe Chieftains with Sinead O'Connor 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ferny HillThe Chieftains 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tennessee Waltz/Tennessee MazurkaThe Chieftains 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Rocky Road to DublinThe Chieftains 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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With a career that spans forty-one years and forty-one albums, The Chieftains are not only Ireland’s premier musical ambassadors but also the most enduring and influential creative force in establishing the international appeal of Celtic music.

Paddy Moloney, the group’s founder and front man, first brought together a group of local musicians in Dublin in 1962, fashioning an ... Read more in Amazon's The Chieftains Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B000003FRH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Long Black Veil Audio CD Celtic sound and rhythm

More than three decades and many albums spent charting the gorgeous musical landscape of Ireland have made the Chieftains by far the world's most recognized and qualified ambassadors of Celtic sound and rhythm. Having toured the globe and garnered numerous awards, the traditional sextet has set its sights on something bigger: the pop charts. Though they've worked in the past with names like Roger Daltrey, Nanci Griffith, and Willie Nelson, on The Long Black Veil the Chieftains graduate to A-list guest stars with appearances by Sting, the Rolling Stones, and, yes, even Tom Jones.

It's a testimony to the considerable talents and character of the Chieftains that none of the celebrity personalities or egos upstage the band on this record. Rather, the musicians always stay in control and the instruments remain at the center of the songs. So while Mick Jagger delivers a stirring reading of the title song, it's the pipes and fiddles that transform the country standard into deep Gaelic soul music. Turns by Marianne Faithfull, Ry Cooder, Mark Knopfler, Sinead O'Connor, and old buddy Van Morrison (doing his own "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?") come off predictably and competently, but breathing life into familiar, mostly traditional tunes like "The Lily of the West" and "The Foggy Dew" is ultimately the province of bandleader/tin whistler Paddy Moloney and his more-than-competent mates. --Roni Sarig

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The songs are simply beautiful.
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Sting, Jagger, Ry Cooder, amazing Sinead O'Connor, Mark Knopfler, Marianne Faithfull, Van Morrison, Tom Jones (yeah!), and the Stones.
I heartily recommend it to all Chieftains fans; any good music fan for that matter!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Chieftains for many years. I saw them play live in Millstreet, County Cork, and the band was simply phenomenal. They truly deserve the kudos they have received over the years for their musicianship and down to earth friendliness.

The Long Black Veil is a bit of a departure for them - the band serves as a background for many modern, popular artists. You might think that Sting, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor, Van Morrison and others might overpower this group of folk players. But actually, the opposite happens. Sting's lilting voice fades seamlessly into the background as the gorgeous melodies intertwine. The songs are memorable not because a "famous name" is attached to the title, but because the classic tune is handled deftly by the Chieftains, and a well trained voice happens to supply the vocals.

It's fascinating in a way to see this diverse group of artists all singing traditional songs - songs that you might not otherwise ever hear them take on. But the real joy here is to hear your favorite classics done with such care and love. These artists all chose songs that had great meaning to them, and the Chieftains put their souls into the richness of the underlying tune. Each song here is a favorite for me for a different reasons.

Some Irish CDs are meant to be played in the background while people chug beer and talk in loud voices. Other CDs are put on for wild dancing and cheering the night through. This CD shines when you sit back, a glass in your hand, and you really listen to the nuances. You can hear the peat crackling softly on the fire, the wind whistling across the foggy meadows, and the textures of Ireland's past whispering through the beats. I've owned this for many years, and it's a CD I always come back to.

Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific CD, with its wild meld of celtic, pop, folk, and country strains. The Chieftains, accompanied by such music greats as Sting, Mick Jagger, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, among others...who would have thought such an assemblage would result in such a cohesive recording of such wildly divergent music. Of particular note are Sting's mournful rendition of "Mo Ghile Mear" and Sinead O'Connor's stylization of "The Foggy Dew" and "He Moved Through The Fair". Mick Jagger also does justice to "A Long Black Veil". This CD is simply a great recording overall!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By F. Lowell on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a wild, rollicking, fantastic blend of Celtic, Pop and American country music. I am forever amazed at the number of superstars clamoring to record with The Chieftains. Sting, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, and others all excel on this collaboration, but one of my favorite selections is "Changing Your Demeanour" sung by The Chieftains' own Kevin Conneff. His Irish tenor is a delight to listen to!
"Rocky Road to Dublin", performed by The Chieftains and the Rolling Stones is a real hoot and a great way to close out the album! Check out the sudden launching into "Satisfaction" part way through the song!
The only weak spot I feel is "Tennessee Waltz", sung by Tom Jones. I have never been a fan of Jones and I feel his voice has deteriorated over the years. That is a minor quibble, however.
Buy this CD if you enjoy hearing wonderful collaborations!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
`The Long Black Veil' by the Irish musical group, the Chieftains is a demonstration of the power of a guest appearance by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones on the album of a well established group of a different genre.

I recall this album being previewed on our local NPR station on a Tuesday and when I went to my local Borders in the same radio market, the CD was completely sold out within a day of the airplay of the title cut on which the Mick does the vocal solo.

And, to make the mix even more interesting, this particular album has quite a large mix of guest stars, far beyond the previous Chieftains hosting a single guest, as they did with their album with Van Morrison. The other guests are Sting, Sninead O'Connor on two tracks, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Ry Cooder on two cuts, Marianee Faithfull, and Tom Jones. Even Frank Zappa makes a ghostly appearance as the host of the recording session with Tom Jones on the `Tennessee Waltz'.

The combination of this awesome collection of talent plus the great instrumental work by the Chieftans themselves makes each and every track on this album an evocation which survives relistening over the years.

One Irish music weakness this album escapes is the feeling that there is really only one `Irish song', done in many different styles with many different combinations of lyrics and instruments. While I never totally subscribed to this theory, there is a sense in which there is a great sameness to the melodies of many Irish songs. This is probably what is meant by the `lilt' of Irish melodies. Oddly, I think it is probably harder to identify the nature of this `lilt' than it is to exactly define what distinguishes a blues song, which must be an iambic pentameter, exactly the same meter as Shakespeare's verses.
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