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on February 21, 2012
The song titles don't say who collaborated on which track. Here they are, in case anyone's curious:

1.) Carolina Rua Reel/The Ladies Pantalettes - w/ Imelda May
2.) Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies - w/ Pistol Annies
3.) Pretty Little Girl - w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
4.) Down In The Willow Garden - w/ Bon Iver
5.) Lily Love - w/ The Civil Wars
6.) The Lark In The Clear Air / Olam Punch - w/ Punch Brothers
7.) My Lagan Love - w/ Lisa Hannigan
8.) When The Ship Comes In - w/ The Decemberists
9.) School Days Over - w/ The Low Anthem
10.) The Frost Is All Over - w/ Punch Brothers
11.) Peggy Gordon - w/ The Secret Sisters
12.) Hard Times Come Again No More - w/ Paolo Nutini
13.) The Chieftains Reunion
14.) The Chieftains In Orbit - w/ NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman
15.) Lundu - w/ Carlos Núñez
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on February 22, 2012
Dear Music Appreciators,

VOICE OF AGES is a joyful 50th anniversary celebration and a gift from The Chieftains to their fans and lovers of traditional Irish music around the world. The album is not purely traditional Irish music, but every song has some special quality to link it to the spirit of The Chieftains and what they've been about for the last fifty years. As a collaborative album this is a chance to expose world music fans to some of the finest musical artists working outside of the top forty today, and to expose fans of those artists to The Chieftains.

The album includes seventeen songs across fifteen tracks, eleven of which are considered traditional, and those that are not are wrapped in traditional sounding arrangements.

Dylan fans will be interested (happily or sadly - you know how those Dylanphiles can be) to hear independent lit rockers The Decemberists perform "When the Ship Comes In," backed by The Chieftains. It has been nearly fifty years since Dylan and Joan Baez performed that song at The March on Washington.

Fans of recent Grammy-winning act The Civil Wars will relish the Americana duo's original song contribution to this album.

Of course the Bon Iver track will draw deserved attention. He's a popular and a busy boy these days...

19th century American music purists will be dismayed to see Stephen Foster's name left out of the credits on "Hard Times Come Again No More."

Take notice of all the names on the album cover. They are all worth knowing. Enjoy this for what it is - the collaborator performances are not all equally great (those of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Punch Brothers are probably the most noteworthy for their energy and charisma), but they all seem to have some measure of the joy of music infused into them by the restless, wandering spirit of The Chieftains.

But my favorite moment on VOICE OF AGES occurs on the fourteenth track, "The Chieftains in Orbit." NASA astronaut Cady Coleman greets the listener from outer space (onboard the International Space Station) and proceeds to play a bit of a lovely song on instruments borrowed from Matt Molloy and Paddy Maloney. It's touching to hear the ancient sounding Irish melody ring out true and clear from outer space - a reminder of the remarkable contrast between the microscopic physical size yet unknowably vast spirit of mankind. We press ever onward in our unending journey through infinite time and space.


Constant Listener
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on December 3, 2015
You can't go wrong with any Chieftains DVD or CD. Paddy Moloney is always entertaining. Like most albums, there are songs you like and ones you don't. "The Frost is All Over" is now one of my all-time favorite Irish songs, as played by the Chieftains & Punch Brothers.
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on June 1, 2014
Anyone who already owns several of The Chieftans CDs knows that this combination of CD and the DVD are just the "Pint at Paddy's"!! I ordered this as part of several packaged gifts for Mother's Day and she shared the experience of listening to the CD and viewing the DVD with me. Its beautifully compiled selections will stir the 'old soul' in all who love a Celtic/Irish vibe. XOX! I didn't bother trying to sit still.
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on April 17, 2012
Although this is not my favorite Chieftains release, there are a couple of tracks on here that go beyond the whole and really transcend their usual excellence. I am particularly fond of the track with the Civil Wars as well as the "Chieftains Reunion" which is one of their best. Each and every artist in this collaborative effort benefits from the Chieftains' musicianship and arrangements, as varied a group of collaborators as has ever appeared in such collaborations.
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on May 29, 2012
I bought this album from Amazom (mp3 form) on the basis of its inclusion of Chris Thile. I got way more than I bargained for. Haunting lyrics of ages past featuring musicians I was only slightly acquainted with, but enjoyed immensely. This album made connections to other recent musical discoveries. Energetic and haunting at the same time, the album makes importamt connections between Celtic and American folk roots. A song by Dylan and a performance by the Carolina Chocolate Drops surprised and delighted me.
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on April 26, 2012
I am natural biased here because of all the Chieftains albums I have but Voice of Ages is truly a pleasant surprise. It is a beautiful escape into music as the performing artists and the Chieftains blend so well together. I felt compelled to listen to the album again when the last song had played. It was that wonderful and original.
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on March 4, 2013
I have always enjoyed the Chieftains' recipe for mixing together various Celtic songs and tunes with different styles/traditions, enlisting the top musicians of the day, and this one is no different. On any of their albums there may be one or two tracks that I'm kind of lukewarm on, but the rest of the tracks make up for it. In "Reunion" they build a Celtic "wall of sound" (apologies to Motown for borrowing that mental image) that is an absolute jam.
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on December 11, 2013
Voice of Ages is similar to Fire in the Kitchen. it is an excellent presentation of Celtic songs by young artists. However it should say "presented by The Chieftains" This feels like a group of musicians who are trying to extend their legacy into the future before age compromises their talents.

I recommend the album for what it is but its not a Chieftains album.
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on March 7, 2012
I have enjoyed the Chieftains' work over the years and this album release to commemorate 50 years of Chieftains music is top notch - not a disappointing track on the album. The "Chieftains in Orbit" piece that closes the album will bring a smile to your face as you listen to the story of the song and then hear the music. I pre-ordered it when orders were taken before the release date and I am glad I got it.
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