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Tain

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2008 reissue of the Irish rockers' sophomore album, originally released in 1974. Horslips are a rock group from Dublin, Ireland who have released quite a few well-received Celtic flavored albums in their career. Though their commercial heyday was in the '70s, their legions of fans still shiver at the mention of their name. 13 tracks. Wounded Bird.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Setanta
  2. Maeve's Court
  3. Charolias
  4. The March
  5. You Can't Fool the Beast
  6. Dearg Doom
  7. Ferdia's Song
  8. Gae Bolga
  9. Cu Chulainn's Lament
  10. Faster Than the Hound
  11. The Silver Spear
  12. More Than You Can Chew
  13. The Morrigan's Dream
  14. Time to Kill!


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0013KCCNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'll keep it short. The horslips made a beautiful fusion of Irish Folk and Rock on their albums and this is perhaps the best example. This is a truly wonderful album depicting the Irish Myth of the Tain (short title) and does a great job. It's rawness really brings across the images of bloody battles etc. If you are looking to buy other horslips albums you are best off buying the middle ones (Tain, Book of Invasions, Dancehall Sweethearts etc and working your way out. Their first album being very Irish, their latter ones being Pop Rocky with an Irish twist.
So to sum up, for a first Horslips buy get this and see what you think. Give it several listens and see if it grows on you. If you already have another horslips album and like it you are almost certain to enjoy this as it is the perfect blend of both Irsh Folk and Rock.
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Half this album is great Irish folk jams and jigs with a bit a prog rock sense and half is great prog rock songs with great guitar, flute playing, etc..these guys dont appear to appeal to many prog rock fans in general but id recommend it to all of them, especaally anyone who likes jethro tull at all..this is one of my all time favorite albums, its both complex and fun, the songwriting is great and so is the band in general.
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I did not enjoy this album as much as "book of invasions" which was my intro to the group. As much as the irish tilt is evident and the music is good, it lacked the theme quality of "invasions". Still, it carried the consistency of its irish rock genre. I was uncomfortable with several song lyrics, but that's just me.
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Horslips - The Tain

Tracks are:

1. Setanta

2. Maeve's Court

3. Charolais

4. The March (part 1)

5. The March (part 2)

6. You Can't Fool the Beast

7. Dearg Doom

8. Ferdia's Song

9. Gae Bolga

10. Cu Chulainn's Lament

11. Faster Than the Hound

12. The Silver Spear

13. More Than You Can Chew

14. The Moriggan's Dream

15. Time To Kill

This is the original and out of print older version of this album on CD. A nice collectible piece for the Horslips fan that has everything, but for a first time fan I recommend picking up the newer remaster on Demon records which was released under direct supervision by the band after they

reacquired their back catalog.
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This album is a great gem that nobody in the US probably heard of. Coming out of Ireland Horslip's third album is an amazing listen that reminds one of Jethro Tull at some points, but pulls away from that idea to create a great concept album. The story is of Irish mythology, one trying to prove they are the richest in the land with a prize bull, or something along those lines, but that's not important. The album pulls you in with a wonderful melding of Irish folk sounds and great rock. The band unfortunatly didn't last very long, and one should consider listening to some of their other work. If your a fan of progressive rock, Jethro Tull, and concept albums, this is highly recommended.
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Horslips worked in the prog rock era, when a sense of humour seemed to be contrary to the "serious" aspirations of rock stars, and everything was long winded, moody, and deeply rent with serious, earth-shattering meaning. In other words, a time when things were kind of dull. Dreadfully dull, actually. The fact that this album-- their second-- was a concept album could tell you that Horslips was part of this era. Like many such albums, it has a highfalutin' central theme-- the adventures of the legendary Irish hero CuChulainn-- and also like many such albums, the lyrics are rather humourless in detailing CuChulian's many adventures. But unlike many of their "progressive" brethern, this band had a sense of fun that could not be denied. It would leak through in the art for their album covers,which were often littered with small jokes. More importantly, it came through in their music, an astonishing blend of traditional Irish tunes and rock and roll that never slowed down to take a breath. The centerpiece of this album, the amazing "Dearg Doom," ably demonstrates this point. Built around a traditional tune called O'Neill's Cavalry and powered by drummer Eamon Carr's simple, precise drumming (no flashy prog-rock parradiddles for this capable musician) the song is a thundering jig that simply refuses to slow down. The band has the good sense to keep individual songs short-- a rarity in those times of four album side long "opuses"-- and the breaks are more often than not incredible multi-instrument takes on traditional jigs, reels, and airs. This isn't their best album-- that would be Dancehall Sweethearts, where the humour trickled over to the lyrics-- but it is a very good one. Horslips may have worked in the progressive rock era, but like all good bands, they only worked in their era-- they weren't quite part of it. Even today, the humour and joy of their music set them apart.
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While I am not reviewing the newer, band-approved, Demon Records re-mastered edition but my older CD (and the LP which wore grooves into my brain, such was my re-playing of it in the late 70s), the comments here should work for whatever version you have, as the tracks are not changed or supplemented. I listened to the CD carefully a couple of times recently, to see how it held up vs. my recollections of when it first came out in the 70s. While the musical intensity is bettered slightly on their later thematic return to Irish legend, "The Book of Invasions," the narrative cohesion of the tale told in the "Táin" works to this album's advantage a bit more.

Their second album, after the '72 debut folk-prog "Happy to Meet" success and before the mixed reaction to the more "pat" folk-rock of '74's "Dancehall Sweethearts" and 75's "The Unfortunate Cup of Tea" LPs, sticks to what the band did best: combine a rethinking of trad Celtic themes and influences with an assured, ballsy, and literate rock delivery. It helps to read drummer Eamon Carr's notes about the Táin Bo Cualigne, as they call it, "Ireland's most exciting saga." Knowing more about the actual story of Fergus and Maeve, Ferdia, the Brown Bull, Cuchullain/Setanta, and what the Gae Bolga, The Morrigan, and Dearg Doom might mean: this will enhance your hearing of the songs.
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