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Two Journeys Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B000068UQP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a really outstanding project. It combines artistic excellence with a little history, traditional culture and soulful passion. What O'Brien has done is to retrace that ever westward trek that shapes the "roots and branches" of American music.
I usually hate long winded reviews, and I apologize for going on, but this album is actually worth it. And yet, sadly, most people will never hear it.
Imagine an epic journey that starts in Brittany (western France), then arcs through the Celtic Isles, across the Atlantic to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and then goes down through the Appalachians to the bayous of Southwest Louisiana. Along the way, add in a bluesy soul, a little jazz and tons of heart.
This is great music. Music that is filled with emotion (and humor), and that is driven by an authentic spirit. The picking, playing and singing are stunning. (Just scope out the vocals on "Mick Ryan's Lament" or "The Holy Well.")
If you aren't familiar with Tim O Brien, this is a great introduction. He was a founder of the ground breaking "newgrass" band, Hot Rize. He's had a distinguished, but low key, solo career that has won him a ton of respect and influence within the folk-alt.country-bluegrass community, (like Grammy nominations.)
On his project, "The Crossing" he brought together a summit conference of Ireland and America's best traditional musicians (Earl Scruggs, Del McCroury, Altan, Paul Brady, Kelly Jo Phelps) to explore his heritage, both musically and culturally.
This album continues on that path but is much tighter and more focused. There's an incredible band of great musicians who really throw themselves into the spirit of the project. These aren't just "cameos.
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"This recording represents an ongoing celebration of the shared heritage between the USA and Ireland. Our world may continue to shrink, but it is still essential to view each other's perspectives."
-Tim O'Brien
I just returned from a two-week vacation in Ireland, where I fell totally in love with a country, its landscapes, its villages and cities, and with a gentle and civilized and long-suffering people. In Dublin I went to a store specializing in Irish music and this was playing on their sound system. I brought this home with me, along with others, but this is my favorite CD of everything that I purchased in Ireland.
This CD wonderfully captures what to me is the soul of Ireland. It is pensive, poignant, sorrowful, magical, wondrous, eternally timeless, and exquisitely beautiful. The instrumentals are not filler - they are examples of virtuoso performances by talented writers and musicians, and they touch one's heartstrings just as profoundly as the wonderful songs that have sorrowful and very beautiful vocals. This CD is definitely not maudlin, please don't misunderstand. It captures the strength, suffering, survival, and eternally magical spirit of a people who have endured and refused to lose their culture and their essence, no matter who invaded and persevered with those agendas in mind. It also links those qualities with the history and musical heritage of the US.
Like Ireland? Like Irish music? Want to discover some of the best examples of instrumentals and lyrics and vocals that can convey the essence of centuries of struggle and survival and triumph and soulfulness? Get this wonderful celebration of the US and the Emerald Isle and prepare to be dazzled and enchanted! Highly, highly recommended.
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Like a lot of us in recent years, Tim O'Brien got to be curious about his Irish heritage. And, being a musician, he got the opportunity to explore his heritage in tunes, melding the bluegrass he's been playing for years with the distincitive sounds of Ireland.
The two styles aren't wildly separate, but there's enough between them to make it pleasing to hear them together. From the slow philosophy of "Turning Around" to the playfulness of "Me & Dick's Trip to Ireland," from the antiquity of a ballad like "The Demon Lover" to a stirring new number like "The Holy Well," this album bridges the gaps and makes art out of the finished product.
Only in America could this sound have been created. But only in Ireland could it have been conceived. This is an album recommended for a broad spectrum of listeners, and maybe, just maybe, it will get fans of one kind of music to listen to another. One can only hope.
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This album picks up where 1999's The Crossing left off, with Tim O'Brien exploring his Celtic roots and melding it with the Appalachian and bluegrass music he's been making for the past quarter century. The album contains a mix of mostly original and traditional tunes, including a gorgeous reading of Lennon-McCartney's "Norwegian Wood"--the sitar being replaced by whistle, pipes and fiddle.
O'Brien has a stellar group of musicians, including Paul Brady, Kevin Burke, Paddy Keenan, Triona Dhomhnaill and Darrell Scott. [Note: O'Brien recorded a duet album, Real Time, with Scott in 2000 that is also well worth seeking out.]
In his liner notes, O'Brien says, "This recording represents an ongoing celebration of the shared heritage between the USA and Ireland." And what a joyful celebration it is. O'Brien has been making fine music since his days with Hot Rize and deserves to be heard by a wider audience. [O'Brien now records on his own small, independent label--check him out at [...] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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