A Drop of the Hard Stuff

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A Drop of the Hard Stuff
A Drop of the Hard Stuff.jpg
Cover to the original edition of the album
Studio album by The Dubliners
Released 1967
Genre Irish folk
Length 43:07
Label Major Minor
Producer Tommy Scott
The Dubliners chronology
Finnegan Wakes
(1966)Finnegan Wakes1966
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
More of the Hard Stuff
Alternative cover
Seven Drunken Nights
Seven Drunken Nights
More of the Hard Stuff1967

A Drop of the Hard Stuff is the debut studio album of the Irish folk group The Dubliners. It was originally released in 1967 on Major Minor Records (SMLP3 and MMLP3). When it was reissued, it was renamed Seven Drunken Nights because the first track became a hit single. The album reached number 5 in the UK album chart, and stayed in the charts for 41 weeks. The album cover provides biographical sketches of the band line-up: Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciarán Bourke and John Sheahan. Four of the songs are sympathetic to the IRA, but this was before "The Troubles" properly began in Ireland. "Limerick Rake" is sung unaccompanied. Most of the songs concern rogues and drinking. "Weila Waile" is a tragic murder ballad, sung with a certain jollity.

The album title is both an allusion to hard liquor, particularly Irish whiskey, and to the musical difficulty of the fourteen songs chosen for the album[citation needed], which emphasize the considerable depths of talent of the group, from the intricate fiddle and banjo work on "The Galway Races" and the reels, to the impressive a cappella rendition of "Limerick Rake".

Track listing[edit]

All songs traditional with the exception of The Travelling People which was written by English performer Ewan MacColl.

Side One[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Seven Drunken Nights" 3:43
2. "The Galway Races" 3:17
3. "The Old Alarm Clock" 1:56
4. "Reels: Colonel Fraser & O'Rourke's Reel" 2:36
5. "The Rising of the Moon" 2:36
6. "McCafferty" 2:26
7. "I'm a Rover" 4:49

Side Two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Weile Waile" 3:25
2. "The Travelling People" 3:50
3. "Limerick Rake" 3:10
4. "Zoological Gardens" 2:09
5. "Reels: Fermoy (misspelled as Fairmoye) Lasses & Sporting Paddy" 1:55
6. "The Black Velvet Band" 4:26
7. "Poor Paddy on the Railway" 2:49

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
Irish Albums (IRMA)[1] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[2] 5