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The Essential Chieftains



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The two-CD set THE ESSENTIAL CHIEFTAINS provides a longview of the traditional Irish folk ensemble\'s vast discography. The discs cover two separate facets of the band. Disc one, entitled "The Chieftains\' Roots," spans from the 1970s through the 2000s and includes the band\'s versions of traditional songs like "O\'Sullivan\'s March" and "The Donegal Set."

Disc two, entitled "The Chieftains and Friends," focuses on collaborations between the band and the likes of Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Sting, Marianne Faithful, and others. Throughout, the ensemble\'s classic sound of pipes, fiddle, tin whistle, and bodhran rings with authenticity and authority, while the superior musicianship that has earned them honors as one of the best Celtic music outfits on the planet is in ample evidence.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
  2. O'Sullivan's March
  3. An Poc Ar Buile / The Dingle Set
  4. Carolan's Concerto
  5. The Wind That Shakes The Barley / The Reel With The Beryle
  6. Sea Image
  7. Boil The Breakfast Early
  8. The Women Of Ireland / Morning Dew (The Love Theme From Barry Lyndon)
  9. Full Of Joy
  10. Green Fields Of America, The
  11. Santiago De Cuba
  12. Donegal Set, The
  13. Jabadaw
  14. The Bells Of Dublin / Christmas Eve
  15. French March, The
  16. Stone, The
  17. The Munster Cloak / Tabhair Dom Do Lamh (Give Me Your Hand)
  18. Chasing The Fox (From The Ballad Of An Irish Horse)
Disc 2:
  1. I Know My Love - (with The Corrs)
  2. Shenandoah - (with Van Morrison)
  3. Country Blues - (with Buddy & Julie Miller)
  4. Ladies Pantalettes / Belles Of Blackville / First House Of Connaught - (with Bela Fleck)
  5. Foggy Dew, The - (with Sinead O'Connor)
  6. Red Is The Rose - (with Nanci Griffith)
  7. Larry O'Gaff / The Squid Jiggin' Ground - (with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  8. Lambs In The Greenfield
  9. Guadalupe - (with Linda Ronstadt/Los Lobos)
  10. Mo Ghile Mear - (with Sting)
  11. Cotton-Eyed Joe - (with Ricky Skaggs)
  12. Molly Ban - (with Allison Krauss)
  13. Long Journey Home, The - (with Elvis Costello/Anuna)
  14. Rocky Road To Dublin, The - (with The Rolling Stones)
  15. Love Is Teasin' - (with Marianne Faithfull)
  16. Rebel Jesus, The - (with Jackson Browne)
  17. Ca Berger / Il Est Ne - (with Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
  18. Jimmy Mo Mhile Stor - (with The Rankins)
Release date Australia
February 21st, 2006
Legacy Recordings
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