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Ellis Island

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Ellis Island

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The Irish Tenors' fourth album sees the trio of Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan, and Finbar Wright paying a sentimental musical tribute to Ellis Island, the hallowed landmark that met the majority of immigrants entering the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Needless to say, the Tenors' repertoire this time around is full of reflective ballads of love, loss, and homesickness, including the original "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" that opens this disc. Throughout this studio recording, the Irish Tenors are in fine form and backed by a soft-hued orchestra that never interferes with their soaring vocals. Traditional tunes include "My Wild Irish Rose," "How Are Things in Glocca Mora," and, of course, "Danny Boy" (the last sung by all three tenors, with refreshingly simple solo piano accompaniment). Thankfully, the threesome didn't forget that the immigrants had fun, too, as evidenced by some lighthearted fare; "The Courtin' Medley" features the Tenors at their most upbeat and comical. Ellis Island is a moving aural portrait of the struggles and triumphs of the Irish émigrés and a must-have for fans of the threesome. Newcomers may enjoy the Tenors' debut disc even more, as the earlier live album is a slightly more upbeat and spirited affair. --Jason Verlinde

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
  2. My Wild Irish Rose
  3. Love Thee Dearest
  4. Forty Shades of Green
  5. Courtin' in the Kitchen
  6. The Stone Outside Dan Murphy's Door
  7. I'll Tell My Ma
  8. Macushla
  9. Slievenamon
  10. The Green Fields of France
  11. Trasna Na Dtonnta (Over The Waves)
  12. Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile (Long Life to You on Your Homecoming)
  13. An Poc Ar Buile (The Mad Goat)
  14. A Nation Once Again - The Irish Tenors
  15. The Old Bog Road
  16. How Are Things In Glocca Morra
  17. The Croppy Boy
  18. A Nation Once Again
  19. Let There Be Peace
  20. Danny Boy
  21. God Bless America


Product Details

  • Performer: C. Kirkham, Eric Bogle, Burton Lane, Thomas Osbourne Davis, Irving Berlin, et al.
  • Conductor: Dermot MacMurrough
  • Composer: The Irish Tenors, Brendan Graham, Chauncey Olcott, Irish Traditional, Johnny Cash, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Matters
  • ASIN: B000059TBG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This newest release from The Irish Tenors is perhaps the best yet. The selection of songs is superb, as is the delivery. Their voices seem to just get better and better! The CD begins with "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," which tells about the first person through Ellis Island, 15 year old Annie Moore from Ireland. It closes with a stirring rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," which makes you want break into song.
The remainder of the songs are just as wonderful (it's difficult to choose a "favorite"). Each one evokes strong emotion and may even bring you to tears. Some songs are poignant and tender, others more "upbeat" and stirring, but they are all enhanced by Frank McNamara's beautiful arrangements.
Don't delay - buy this CD immediately! You will not be disappointed!
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This is the best album yet! All three tenors are in fine voice, and the orchestral arrangements show Frank McNamara's expert touch. Highlights are "Macushla" and "The Croppy Boy" by Anthony Kearns -- whose voice continues to improve. He can raise goosebumps when he hits notes like high C and high B flat. It's unbelievable how the clarity and sweetness of his voice adds to a song. Finbar Wright is superb In "Slievenamon" and "The Old Bog Road" to both of which the mature quality of his voice and his mellow sound is eminently suited. Ronan Tynan's rendition of "The Green Fields of France" is enough to make everyone go out and end war for ever. The Gaelic medley is wonderful -- the blending of their voices is better than ever and the climactic "God Bless America" is the icing on the cake. Buy this CD; you won't regret it.
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The Irish Tenors have grown into a polished ensemble of powerful individual voices, exquisite harmonies, and beautiful instrumental backgrounds. Ellis Island shows them off to perfection.
The Irish trio, sung in Gaelic, is upbeat, unusual and, to me, totally mesmerizing. I was blown away when I first heard it and now can't play it enough! The first track is Isle of Hope, Isle of Freedom, about the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island is haunting and beautiful.
It is truly difficult for me to pick favorites. Anthony Kearns' voice is painfully beautiful on The Croppy Boy, Finbar is wonderful on Forty Shades of Green. Frank McNamara is the musical genius behind the arrangements. This is simply the best music around!
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This trio, which might have become just a TV marketing executive's version of a parlor trick and evaporated after a year or so, shows amazing strength in this album, bringing to life a collection of traditonal Irish tunes, contemporary favorites, and patriotic tributes. More than either of their two "Live from..." albums, THIS is the perfect introduction to the Irish Tenors. Their song selections are poignant stories set to music, the arrangements by Frank McNamara are lush but not overpowering, and most of all, the voices of these three men are perfection itself. Fans of the two previous albums will be happy to know that this is a studio recording (no interruptions for applause) and also includes an insert with lyrics (although, unfortunately, no translation of the Irish songs).
The Irish Tenors are here to stay, and this album is just the beginning swell of their next wave of popularity. Gift idea? Ride the wave and be the one to introduce your friends to this trio through "Ellis Island".
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Wow!! "Isle of Hope Isle of Tears" starts the journey and "God Bless America" ends it. Between these two powerful pieces of music is the best collection yet by the best voices you'll ever hear. This CD takes your breath away. I have all of their CD's and frankly didn't think it could get better than the "Live From Belfast" concert. This is better although how they continue to improve prefection is a mystery. Listen carefully to "The Greenfields of France" it might be the jewel in this recording althought "Forty Shades of Green" and"Macushla" are beautiful pieces as well. There isn't a weak point in this recording I can't imagine anyone not loving this CD
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This third Irish Tenors collection is, I think, the best yet. The song selection is wonderful and their voices sound better and richer than ever. It's difficult to select highlights when everything sounds so good, but my favorites include "Forty Shades of Green" by Finbar Wright, "The Green Fields of France" by Ronan Tynan and "The Courtin' Medley" by the trio. And Anthony Kearns' version of "Love Thee Dearest" brings me to tears every time. If you've enjoyed the previous Irish Tenors albums, this one is a must.
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The Irish Tenors sound better than ever--something I had not thought possible. If I could give this 6 or 7 stars, I would. This is a must have for all Irish Tenor fans. The selection of songs are simply great and the Tenors' renditions are outstanding. Now all I have to do is wait for the video of the concert itself!
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I watched the PBS special four times and all the songs are fabulous. The newest version of DANNY BOY is VERY good, especially with the piano only. But, I think I still like the "BELFAST" version best, because it was the wildest. And with Ronan's little prayer (??)(JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH !!!)at the intro to the song, added a little unexpected spark. I'm glad I found the CD because it is so much better and I can't wait for the video to arrive. Ronan looks great and sounds even better. Finbar has more charm than ever. And Anthony is a beautiful as ever. But when you put them all together it's M A G I C. THEY CAN MAKE YOU LAUGH AND EVEN WHEN ONE IS CRYING, ONE FEELS LIKE TAPPING A FOOT TO THE SOUNDS OF "COURTIN' IN THE KITCHEN" ETC. I listen to my new CD for hours each day. GREAT - GREAT - GREAT My new address is [...] if there is a way to pass it on to the IRISH TENORS ?????? FROM THEIR #1 FAN. JOAN WAY
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