Roll Back

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Roll Back
Studio album by Horslips
Released 26 November 2004
Recorded Grouse Lodge Studios in Horsleap, Co. Westmeath, August - September 2004[1]
Genre Celtic rock, Progressive rock
Label Horslips Records
Producer Horslips
Horslips chronology
Shot Stories/Tall Tales
Roll Back
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hot Press 4/5 stars[2]
The Green Man Review Positive[3]
Exposé Online Positive[4]

Roll Back is an album by Irish rock band Horslips, their first since Short Stories/Tall Tales 25 years earlier. It is a collection of acoustic re-workings of various songs from the band's catalogue.


In March 2004, three Horslips enthusiasts, Jim Nelis, Stephen Ferris and Paul Callaghan, put on an exhibition of Horslips memorabilia in The Orchard Gallery in Derry. To open the exhibition, the Nelis, Ferris and Callaghan invited the five original members of the band to perform. The performance took place on March 20, to an audience of around 200 specially invited guests, where the band played a short set of acoustic versions of some of their better known songs.[5][6]

Following the enthusiastic reception to the exhibition reunion, the band decided to reconvene again to record a couple of acoustic songs for the forthcoming documentary DVD Return of the Dancehall Sweethearts. These sessions eventually resulted in a full album of material, consisting of re-recorded versions of songs spanning the band's whole career, some of which were dramatically re-imagined.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Trouble (With A Capital T)"   3:52
2. "The Man Who Built America"   3:46
3. "Guests of the Nation"   3:39
4. "Faster Than the Hound"   4:12
5. "Huish the Cat"   2:32
6. "Mad Pat"   4:08
7. "The Wrath of the Rain"   2:50
8. "Flirting in the Shadows"   3:38
9. "Cuchulainn's Lament"   3:51
10. "Ace & Deuce"   2:04
11. "Blindman"   2:44
12. "Furniture"   3:21
13. "The Power and the Glory"   3:12
14. "Long Weekend"   4:08
15. "My Love Is in America"   3:01
Enhanced Bonus CD: Music From An Exhibition (Live on March 20, 2004)
No. Title Length
1. "Flower Among Them All"    
2. "Furniture"    
3. "The Musical Priest/The High Reel"    
4. "Trouble (With A Capital T)"    
5. "Bonus video selection"    


Guest musician
  • Aisling Drury - cello on "Cuchulainn's Lament" and "Furniture"


  1. ^ a b c d e "Roll Back - Lyrics, Images and Sleevenotes". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ O Hare, Colm. "Roll Back". Hot Press. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ O Regan, John. "Horslips, Roll Back". The Green Man Review. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Thelen, Peter. "Reviews >> Horslips - Roll Back". Exposé Online. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ McDaid, Brendan (20 March 2004). "Horslips ready to rock again". Belfast Telegraph. 
  6. ^ Allen, William (22 March 2004). "Horslips prove that the old magic's still there". Belfast Telegraph. 
  7. ^ Meagher, John (20 November 2005). "Rolling back the years after all this time". Irish Independent. 
  8. ^ O Hare, Colm (4 February 2005). "When We Were High Kings". Hot Press.