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The Rising of the Moon: Irish Songs of Rebellion

Tommy Makem, The Clancy BrothersAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tradition Records
  • ASIN: B0000058RT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Rising Of The Moon
2. The Croppy Boy
3. The Foggy Dew
4. The Minstrel Boy
5. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
6. Tipperary Far Away
7. Kelly The Boy From Killanne
8. Kevin Barry
9. Whack Fol The Diddle
10. O'Donnell Aboo
11. The Men Of The West
12. Eamonn An Chnuic
13. Nell Flaherty's Drake
14. Boulavogue

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Capturing Ireland's long history of bloody rebellions in song, this reissue is just in time for the widespread bicentennial celebrations of the Irish 1798 Risings. Includes some of the Clancys' most popular songs, such as "The Rising Of The Moon" and "The Foggy Dew", together with historical IRA fight songs and other songs of independence and victory. The sound quality of this 1959 album is superb and the young Clancys are in top form. Includes guitar accompaniments by Jack Keenan and Irish harp by Jack Melady.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebellion and transcendence April 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A timeless album from the boys, and a great collection of songs. When I was growing up (in England), just about every household we ever went to had this album - even a lot of English folk music fans loved the Clancies and Tommy M. You can't be a Folk fan and not love Irish music.
My one regret is that this album lacks a traditional version of Wearin' O The Green (the Wolfe Tones covered it on Profile). Like so many classic Irish rebel songs, Rising Of The Moon was written about the 1798 United Irishmen uprising, and is the same air as WOTG, but lyrically it lacks some of The Green's power. WOTG was about the banning of the shamrock and St. Patrick's Day by the English, and when they sang "They're hanging men and women there, for the wearin' o' the green" they weren't kidding.
This beautifully remastered CD contains a very informative booklet, which gives something of the history of each song, and which singer is featured, as well as details about each of the boys, including Pat's former IRA connections. Street cred, or what?
There are so many standout songs here, including Tipperary Far Away (sometimes known as Sean Tracy) and The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which features the golden voice of Tommy Makem. While Tommy's version is quite simply the best rendition ever by a male, the greatest version by a female remains Lisa Gerrard's version on Toward The Within by Dead Can Dance (available through Amazon).
Truly a wonderful album, full of love, passion and ancient wisdom.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Clancy stuff, seriously presented... December 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have this album on vinyl issued on the Tradition label. There is a story, probably not true, that the boys recorded these songs in their kitchen around l956. It doesn't matter. If you like the Clancys and/or songs of the Irish uprisings, it is a must own. I have played it to death over the years, and had to buy a cassette reissue when my last turntable failed. Undoubtedly, one of these days I will buy this CD to replace the tape. I like almost everything on this collection. These are hymns of death, bravery, oppression, betrayal, guerilla warfare, grief and loss. Doesn't sound like fun, but it is great music. Later in their careers, the Clancys put out some great humorous songs, drinking songs, love songs...but this one is different. If you have an interest in Ireland's struggle against Britain, and sometimes the fight between factions of Irishmen, this is essential.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN THE HARP WAS CRUSHED BENEATH THE CROWN April 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The following review is being used to comment on several of the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem recordings. The obvious musical skills, talent and commitment to craftsmanship of this group during its history need no comment by me. Nor does their commitment to keeping alive the Irish folk tradition. Thus, the criterion for review is whether the works represents the political traditions associated with the historic struggle for independence from the English.

A word. As I developed a quasi- leftist political consciousness in my youth I also, in an unsystematic and for the most part then unconscious manner, developed an interest in what is today is called roots music. Initially this was reflected in my first love-the Blues. During the early sixties, under the influence of Dave Van Ronk at first, then Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and the rest I developed an interest in folk music, then at the height of its revival. It is through this process that I came to appreciate the work of the artists under review. This is odd, and I will explain why. I was actually reared on the material presented here by my maternal grandfather, a great supporter of the Irish Republican Army. I gained from him my own romantic attachment to the exploits of the IRA in 1916 and beyond until independence. Although my own political evolution since then has led me away from political support to the IRA I still love the old songs which represent the spirit of Irish national identity and aspirations for national liberation historically suppressed by the bloody English.

A word about the songs presented here. The liner notes included with the CD are helpful here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut item July 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Until about 10 years ago, the first three Clancy Brothers albums were only available on trashy reissues that had terrbile sound quality. Now, here they are remastered and restored for future generations to enjoy. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem would become the biggest names in Irish folk music throughout the 1960's and 1970's, performing all over the world, including biannual concerts at Carnegie Hall in NYC. The very first album they ever recorded was done in a kitchen in the Bronx using only harmonica. Otherwise, it was just the four of them belting out traditional Irish songs. When that release (also called Rising of the Moon) was deemed unsuitable, the group went back in 1959 and rerecorded this album, augmented by professional musicians. It is a fantastic debut record which showes the great potential that these artists posessed. Hopefully the very first album will surface someday on a CD release, but until then, I will continue to enjoy this second version of a great album.
Also available are "Come Fill Your Glass With Us" (second album), and "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem" (third album).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Both CDs were defective. Braveheart only was able to listen to for eleven out of eighteen tracks. The remainder skipped or didn't play at all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD That Turned Out To Be The First Half Of Clancy Brothers Irish...
Still, if my time is limited, I can always put on this shorter CD and hear only the 14 tracks from their cassette. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nancy Sherburne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent songs
I first bought this group of Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem songs in the 70's...I raised my sons singing them and they found the recordings for me!
Published 14 months ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected
This item was not as the description stated and the songs have different feel. It woudl be better if you could sample the music before you buy and hear what your getting.
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Clancy bro
I purchased this cd with a view of working on some of them for the band. Other than The Rising of the Moon, I am quite dissapointed by the rest of the Cd.

Published 21 months ago by ocms
5.0 out of 5 stars good irish classics
this cd is very good for those who love old irish songs from ireland. it tells a story of when britain was in control of all Ireland in the old days. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and spirited
I don't know if anyone without Irish connections would "get" this.....But for those who have it's heartwarming,and contains many memories, and fills the heart with gladness of that... Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Bridget
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Clancy Bros Music
Great selection of rebel songs. Kind of makes you want to start a rebellion :):):)!
Published on April 21, 2009 by John A. Billone
5.0 out of 5 stars makes you proud to be irish
this cd is filled with wonderful and important songs detailing the struggle for freedom. the history of each song is clearly stated on the cd sleeve. Read more
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