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5.0 out of 5 stars glad to see this available again, February 23, 2008
This review is from: The Best of the Bothy Band (Audio CD)
I was surprised to notice that this CD wasn't available for some time on Amazon, and happy to see the 2008 re-release. I still have a 1993 version of the CD, and my review is based on that. I am presuming nothing has changed in terms of sound quality, but I encourage others to correct me if I'm wrong about that.

This collection is as good or better than everyone says. The music is very lively, and makes for great listening no matter whether you are into Irish traditional music or not. I am a big fan of Tommy Peoples, Kevin Burke and Matt Molloy, and I consider it a big plus to have them all represented on the same CD. Also great sounds from uileann pipes, accordion and bouzouki. I've never been sure whether Triona Ni Dhomhnaill is playing harpsicord, clavinet, or both, but she's got a great sound not matter which it is.

I like the quicker tunes best, and my favorite sets are The Salamanca/The Banshee/The Sailor's Bonnet and Leitrim Fancy/Round The World For Sport/Rip The Calico/Martin Wynne's/The Enchanted Lady/The Holy Land. For me the CD would be more than worth the price based on these tunes alone. There's also a very beautiful version of The Blackbird - air, set dance and reel. As compared to the tunes, I'm not as excited about the songs and vocals, but that's just my preference. Anyway, I recommend this as a CD you will listen to again and again.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2008 12:30:13 PM PST
Hey! Thanks for a great review. Your review piqued my curiosity about this group and I will have to check them out. Take care, Matt

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 12:06:39 PM PDT
wonderful review of great Irish music.

A toast to the reviewer !

Posted on May 14, 2008 2:00:06 PM PDT
Yes, it is wonderful to see these being rereleased. Similar things appear to be happening for the French Canadian group, Ad Vielle Que Pourra: I have noticed that all of their albums (with the exception, frustratingly enough of the last, "Menage a Quat") are becoming available on Amazon again.
It will be lovely to have all this world music out there again for everyone who missed it the first time around to hear.

With Sincerity,
The Wild One.
P.S. For the benefit of anyone who reads this: if you should ever find yourself in the position of being able to acquire Ad Vielle's "Musique"-- do NOT hesitate. Without going into endless detail, this particular album--their third--is in my opinion the best they have to offer. Anyone who listens to it does with my blessings.
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