The Táin (Horslips album)

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The Táin
Studio album by Horslips
Released 1973
Recorded Escape Studios / Manor Studios. Mixed at Olympic Studios. September. 1973.
Genre Celtic rock, Progressive rock
Length 42:39
Label

LP - Horslips Records (Ireland), RCA (UK), Atco (U.S.).

CD - Edsel (UK).
Producer Alan O'Duffy, Horslips
Horslips chronology
Happy to Meet - Sorry to Part
(1972)
The Táin
(1973)
Dancehall Sweethearts
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Táin is a music album by Irish rock band Horslips. Their second studio album, it was Horslip's first attempt at making a concept album, an idea they would return to in 1976 with The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony. The Táin was based on the Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), one of the most infamous legends of Early Irish literature, dealing with the war between Ulster and Connacht over a prize bull. The songs tell the story from the points of view of Cúchulainn, Queen Maeve of Connacht and Ferdia, among others. Horslips continued their Celtic Rock style of fusing traditional Irish music and rock, using traditional jigs and reels and incorporating them into their songs. For example, Dearg Doom is based on O'Neill's March, while The March of the King of Laois forms part of "More Than You Can Chew".

The Táin was released in Ireland in 1973 independently, in the UK by RCA/Oats and by Atco in the US. It was reissued in the UK in 1978 by DJM.

"Dearg Doom" was arguably the most popular track on the album and was included in Tom Dunne's 30 Best Irish Hits compilation, released in 2003. Along with "Faster Than The Hound", it was performed by the band on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. "Dearg Doom's" main guitar riff was incorporated into "Put 'Em Under Pressure", the anthem of the Republic of Ireland's Italia '90 campaign, reintroducing the song to a younger audience.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Setanta" (instrumental) – 1:15
  2. "Maeve's Court" (instrumental) – 1:41
  3. "Charolais" – 4:03
  4. "The March" (instrumental) – 1:34
  5. "You Can't Fool The Beast" – 3:43
  6. "Dearg Doom" – 3:07
  7. "Ferdia's Song" – 2.44
  8. "Gae Bolga" (instrumental) – 1:15

Side Two

  1. "Cú Chulainn's Lament" – 3:07
  2. "Faster Than The Hound" – 5:39
  3. "Silver Spear" (instrumental) – 2:06
  4. "More Than You Can Chew" – 3:18
  5. "The Morrigan's Dream" (instrumental) – 3:25
  6. "Time to Kill!" – 5.02

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