Monday, September 18, 2006

Planxty "The Well Below the Valley" (Irish Celtic Folk 1973)

Planxty begins its remarkable sophomore release The Well Below the Valley with the pipe-led "Cunla," an engaging round sung by founder Christy Moore. Impeccably played dance tunes, soulful laments, and rollicking narratives follow, allowing listeners access to the full breadth of the group's many talents. The record's centerpiece is the eerie title track, a taut, mid-tempo dirge that's loosely based on the story of Jesus at the Well. Though traditional, the tune's incestuous overtones and dark imagery have limited its appeal to older generations of singers -- most refuse to sing it -- and defined it as the forbidden fruit of Celtic music. Andy Irvine offers up two of his finest ballads, the mournful wartime love letter "As I Roved Out" and the bittersweet "Time Will Cure Me," proving once again that his deeply expressive voice is unmatched within the genre. Moore's "As I Roved Out" -- same name, entirely different song -- is a wonderfully catchy tune anchored by Irvine's bouzouki and tin whistle that showcases Moore's tale-telling prowess. The Well Below the Valley is everything a collection of traditional music should be. With its warm and simple production and fine performances, it remains a classic that should have little problem surviving the ages. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide

6 Comments:

Blogger chuckmyr said...

All the files but one seem to be the same

18 September, 2006 08:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8tage blog doesn't exist anymore.

18 September, 2006 19:19  
Blogger Lizardson said...

thanks for the info

18 September, 2006 22:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very special thanks for your waste of time to re-post this.

22 January, 2007 03:28  
Blogger hideo said...

hehe, english as a second language, better than my limited attempts at other languages

L--thanks for this again!!

22 January, 2007 08:48  
Anonymous arbor said...

what a beauty this album is...very appreciated

28 April, 2007 05:14  

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