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Thread #66443   Message #2721275
Posted By: Clontarf83
11-Sep-09 - 12:16 AM
Thread Name: Emmet Spiceland - 1960's Irish group
Subject: RE: Emmet Spiceland - 1960's Irish group
I have a copy of the Emmet Spiceland record (original label--Page One records, which I would not part from at any price. I was in a bar in Philadelphia one night several years ago and who walked in but Phil Coulter, who produced the LP. I asked him if he would release the album again and he said no, but he had the master tapes in his garage.

I read on a website somewhere an interview with Donal Lunny who said something to the effect that he would hunt down and kill anybody who would attempt to reissue the album.

One release from from the Emmet Spiceland I didn't see mentioned was a Gael Linn single called Baidin Feidhlimi--anyone got anything on that?

Tracks on the LP are:
Reynard the Fox--classic
My lagan love--my first introduction to the Irish slow air
Stor a stor a ghra
Lovers Ghost--english dead lover song
A couple of jigs--Donal on mandolin? (Bass player loses his place in one part--no-one bothered to fix it)
Bunclody--classic--Mick on lead vocal
Mary from Dungloe--spoiled somewhat by Coulters syrupy strings and a non-traditional key change
Autumn has come--weak song from Shay Healy
Pretty Susan
Slieve Gallion braes--another slow air
O Carolan's Concerto---Set to a Swingle Singers arrangement
Curragh of Kildare--a little beauty--Mick again

The album is spoiled a little by an ill-conceived concept of conversations between tracks---palls after the third playing.

ps I once played in a cover band that did Emmet Spiceland songs--a niche (ahem) product....