Where are the other three reels?
on track 3?
The big set seems to have lost Martin Wynne’s, and become tracks 3 & 4, michael.
One Of The Best
In my (humble) opinion, this is one of the finest Irish recordings it has been my pleasure to hear. I first bought this as a vinyl LP in the late 70s, not knowing a whole lot about the "finer points" of traditional music.
The Bothy Band took an accumulated legacy and transformed it into something fresh and contemporary, without losing the authenticity of the music - their was an awesome feat at the time and listening to this recording over 25 years later, it has lost none of its quality and sheer class.
Highlights include the sublime, dreamy reading of "The Maids of Mitchelstown" and the beautifully arranged "Strayaway Child". But the band really cooks on some of the high tempo sets, the best of which is probably the opener "The Morning Star".
With songs slightly less prominent (?) I would still have to mention "The Factory Girl" - a traditional lament given a whole new musical vocabulary with the carefully worked arrangement, featuring a synthesizer for the first time.
well well…endless tunes, boring noise, tuneless songs… the slides are nice…
IMHO, THE Best Bothy Band Album
This is the last Bothy Band studio album and while in some respects it lacks the raw power of the first two, it is much more mature in terms of the arrangements and the musical diversity that ultimately led to the band’s demise (if Lunny had his way, he would have added bass and drums to the line-up to go in the Moving Hearts direction….allegedly….).
Arrangements of slower tunes such as "The Maids of Mitchelstown" and "The Strawaway Child" (a personal favourite) are sublime, while the opening track is one of the classic Bothy Band sets (check out the creak in Paddy Keenan’s bellows for the first 20 seconds).
"The Factory Girl" is another landmark, with very subtle instrumentation andd an exquisite vocal from Tríona. The album is unusual in that Micheál doesn’t get to sing, maybe he had a cold….?
The album is full of quality and in their relative restraint, the band was able to demonstrate multiple facets to their collective talents, which weren’t fully exploited on the first two.
The comprehensive sleeve notes are another bonus, given the paucity of information available on the first two albums.
This is one of my "Desert Island Discs" and has influenced my playing since I first heard it. As a closet (and actual) rocker, it appeals to sensibilities far beyond Irish trad. A gem.
The album rather disappointed me. The classy tracks were, well, classy, and the fast tune sets seemed to me to have less clarity and catchiness than equivalent sets on earlier albums. For me there was one magic moment: Matt Molloy’s opening of the "Leitrim Fancy" set with the brilliant jig tune of that name, on fast solo flute with just the right kind of backing - until the whole band comes in, all too soon.
Bothy Band - Jig and 5 reels
This thread adds clarity (I think!)
You can hear a tune –and a ‘countermelody’- on the Maids of Mitchelston track on this album (see https://thesession.org/tunes/120 for comments.)
Possible sources are:
For the 1st part:
Temple Hill/The Sweetheart reel (3rd par) https://thesession.org/tunes/2626 or
‘The Sligo’https://thesession.org/tunes/6977 (1st part)
For the 2d part:
Anyone with additional information or a name welcome!