Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part
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|Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part|
|Studio album by|
1973 (UK, Europe and US)
|Studio||Rolling Stones Mobile Studio in Ireland|
|Genre||Celtic rock, progressive rock|
|Label||LP - Oats (Ireland), RCA (UK), Atco (US)|
CD - Edsel (UK)
|Producer||Alan O'Duffy, Horslips|
Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part is an album by Irish rock band Horslips. It was first released in Ireland by the end of 1972 as their début album. Before this, they had released the same year three singles: Johnny's Wedding/Flower amang Them All and Green Gravel/Fairy King in Ireland and The High Reel/Furniture overseas. Happy to Meet – Sorry to Part was also released the following year in United Kingdom, Germany, France and United States. In 1978, the LP was re-released in UK together with The High Reel, added as the last track.
This is widely considered to be the first Celtic rock album ever recorded. With this, Horslips took the lead in Irish music of the time and created an original mixture from traditional Irish tunes and rock music. The album's name itself is that of an Irish jig.
The original vinyl release was enclosed in an octagonal album cover.
- "Happy to Meet" (instrumental) – 0:48
- "Hall of Mirrors" – 5:29
- "The Clergy's Lamentation" (instrumental) – 4:39
- "An Bratach Bán" – 2:04
- "The Shamrock Shore" – 4:34
- "Flower Amang Them All" (instrumental) – 2:04
- "Bím Istigh Ag Ól" – 3:43
- "Furniture" – 5:13
- "Ace and Deuce" (instrumental) – 3:35
- "Dance to Yer Daddy" – 4:37
- "Scalloway Ripoff" (instrumental) – 1:54
- "The Musical Priest" (instrumental) – 4:33
- "Sorry to Part" (instrumental) – 1:32
- "The High Reel" (instrumental) – 2:43
- Note: the last track appears with the 1978 release only (LP).
- Jim Lockhart - keyboards, concert flute, tin whistles, uilleann pipes, vocals
- Johnny Fean - guitars, banjo
- Charles O'Connor - fiddle, mandolin, concertina, vocals
- Barry Devlin - bass guitar, vocals
- Eamon Carr - drums, bodhrán, percussion