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listen  1. March of the King Laois / Paddy's Jig / O'Keefe's - The Chattering Magpie (Reels) (Live from An Irish Evening)The Chieftains 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Foggy Dew (from The Long Black Veil)The Chieftains 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Know My Love (from Tears of Stone)The Corrs 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cotton-Eyed Joe (from Another Country)The Chieftains;Ricky Skaggs 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Magdalene Laundries (from Tears of Stone)The Chieftains;Joni Mitchell 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Live From Matt Molloy's Pub (from Water from the Well)The Chieftains 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Shenandoah (from Long Journey Home)Paddy Moloney 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Munster Cloak / An Poc Ar Buile / Ferney Hill - Little Molly (Reels) (New Release)The Chieftains 6:12Album Only
listen  9. Morning Has Broken (New Release)Art Garfunkel with Diana Krall 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Morning Dew / Women of Ireland (from Another Country / The Chieftains Film Cuts)The Chieftains 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mo Ghile Mear (from Long Black Veil)The Chieftains;Sting 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Carolan's Concerto (from The Celtic Harp)The Chieftains 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Guadalupe (from Santiago)Kepa Junkera;Los Lobos;Linda Ronstadt 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Full of Joy (from The Chieftains in China)The Chieftains;Chinese Traditional Ensemble 3:24Album Only
listen15. Here's a Health to the Company (from A Chieftains Celebration)The Chieftains;Kevin Conneff 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Chasing the Fox (New Release)The Chieftains 4:11Album Only
listen17. Long Journey Home (Anthem) (from Long Journey Home)Elvis Costello 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Rocky Road to Dublin (from Long Black Veil)The Rolling Stones;The Chieftains 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Redemption Song (New Release)The Chieftains featuring Ziggy Marley 4:23$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 (October 1, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00005YT8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Has one or two very light surface marks, but plays fine, sounds sublime. From a well cared for personal collection. Buy with confidence--see my feedback.

One of the elements that's made the Chieftains the stellar Celtic band in the world is their love of innovative collaborations with mainstream pop stars. The Wide World Over: A 40-Year Celebration gathers into a single collection some of the Irish ensemble's most memorable moments, including predictable alliances with artists such as Van Morrison, who sings "Shenandoah" to additional backing by the Irish Film Orchestra, and unlikely pairings like the Rolling Stones, who add a rock kick and the "Satisfaction" riff to "The Rocky Road to Dublin." Cross-cultural experts Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos demonstrate their versatility on the Mexican ditties "Txalaparta" and "Guadalupe," on which pipes and pennywhistle don't seem a whisker out of place, while Ricky Skaggs points to the Irish and British roots of American country music on the rousing "Cotton-Eyed Joe." Art Garfunkel, Sting, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchell, and Elvis Costello are also featured in classic performances with the 40-year-old Irish band, while a brand-new collaboration with Ziggy Marley yields a gorgeous Don Was-produced rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." The cliché that there's a bit of the Irish in all of us proves true in this wide-ranging, constantly rewarding, and frequently surprising collection. And the tracks on which the Chieftains go it alone are also a gas. --Bob Tarte

Customer Reviews

We are huge Chieftans fans and fans of Irish music in general.
M. Park
This is a wonderful album, with music from all over the world, wonderful collaborations with other artists, and the Chieftan's impeccable musicianship.
Rosemary G. Nichols
The Chieftain's went over the top with this compilation of great songs.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By wysewomon on March 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The miracle of the Chieftains is not just that they have collaborated with so many popular musicians to bring Irish music where it might not otherwise have gone, but that they have been doing it for forty years -- a feat seldom equalled in any music genre. _The Wide World Over_ is a wonderful retrospective of this work, featuring collaborations with artists ranging from Joni Mitchell to the Chinese National Ensemble, as well as several new recordings. The album is also a fine tribute to Paddy Maloney's skill as a composer and arranger. In recent years a great many Celtic groups have explored the fusion of traditional music and tunes with "popular" genres, but Paddy Maloney was one of the first to do so, and remains one of the best and most effective arrangers in this area.
_The Wide World Over_ draws heavily from the Chieftains' work of the past ten years, and features more collaborations than it does traditional and traditionally arranged tunes and songs. As such, it may not appeal to Celtic music purists. This is not a CD that is going to stun the listener with the virtuosity of the players, an element that has come more and more to the forefront of the genre in recent years. In fact, in many of the tracks the band takes a back seat to the guest artist. What is conveyed, though, is a real joy in the music and an understanding that Celtic music is a living and changing tradition with relevance and parallels in many different global cultures. Good music is good music, no matter where it comes from or who plays it.
You may not want to purchase this CD if you already own the entire Chieftains catalogue. However, if you don't and you want to add just one of their CDs to your collection, _The Wide World Over_ would be a good choice.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on December 24, 2002
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On the one hand, I sure hope that the Chieftains aren't leaving their traditional roots, and on the other hand, I enjoy their explorations of different musical styles.
These are all cuts from previous albums, so he who has all of their albums probably won't want this one. For the rest of us, there are some realy outstanding cuts. I especially enjoyed Sinead O'Connor's singing of the traditional "The Foggy Dew". That one's followed by The Corrs and "I Know My Love", another traditional with a fresh twist. Ricky Skaggs joining the group for "Cotton-Eyed Joe" was a real high point, spotlighting the relation of Irish traditional reels and jigs to bluegrass. Joni Mitchell is one of the greats, and hearing her own "The Magdalene Laundries" backed by the group is a real treat. And Van Morrison bares his soul in "Shenandoah", again highlighting the Irish influence on American music.
I was a bit disappointed with Diana Krall & Art Garfunkel's "Morning Has Broken", which certainly doesn't compare with Cat Stevens. So you can't win them all. Sting didn't seem appropriate on "Mo Ghile Mear" either.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by "Full Of Joy" with the Chinese Ensemble. That's one where it sounded everyone was having fun. And the closing rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" featuring Ziggy Marley was a winner.
All in all, if you don't have most of these on other Chieftain albums, you'll want this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you have never purchased a Chieftain's CD, this is the one to pick. If you have almost everything the group has ever recorded, this is still a good purchase.
The CD includes a variety (17 tracks) of favorite Chieftain recordings from over the years. With only two new tracks, some might think this just a rehash. But, the tracks included include some great work by the Chieftains (Live from Malloy's Pub, The love theme from Barry Lyndon, etc.) as a group AND most of my favorite collaborations from over the years.
The strength of the Chieftain's 40 years started with their amazing ability to reach back and preserve/refresh traditional old Irish tunes in danger of being forgotten. Not content to master the body of Celtic work from the past, they composed on their own and then moved on to work with world class artisans from other genres - bringing a Celtic sincerity and energy to each work. I love these guys and this CD is an excellent choice for anyone interested in reliving music history. You get to hear collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Sinead O'Connor, Ricky Skaggs, Sting, The Corrs, Van Morrison, Art Gunfunkel, etc. For pure star power alone, this is a good buy.
The new cuts deliver all we have come to expect from a Chieftain's cut - fresh arrangements of Celtic themes impeccably adapted by the group.
Let's all hope there is more "new stuff" from the Chieftains left in their bag of tricks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
listened to the entire thing over thanksgiving dinner, something for everyone... and the chieftans have outdone themselves if that is possible. a great intro to the chieftans if you know someone who doesn't like to explore on their own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Els on March 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For me, this is a great CD! I have listened to it several times and only skip one or two songs. Considering that there are very few discs that I listen to start to finish, this is a hit in my book. Should every Chieftains fan rush out and buy it? NO! If you didn't like "Long Black Veil", you won't like this. For anyone who just loved LBV, this will be another hit. For newcomers, I (personally) think that this is a good way to learn about the Chieftains. By reading the cover notes you can decide which discs appeal to you and which you'd rather skip and get a little bit of each in the process.

I found the collaboration with the Rolling Stones on "The Rocky Road to Dublin" to be brilliant! "Cotton-Eyed Joe" with Ricky Skaggs was just a ton of fun. The very first track on the disc, "March of the King of Laois", made me want to pack my bags and head to Dublin! And "Mo Ghile Mear" with Sting has always been a favorite.
For those who would just as soon the Chieftains stick with their roots, this is not the disc for will probably be put off by Ziggy Marley as well as the Linda Ronstadt/Los Lobos collaborations. There will however, be a few tracks that will appeal.
I love the variety - the styles, performers and venues...
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