Planxty (album)

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Planxty
PlanxtyAlbum.jpg
Studio album by Planxty
Released Early 1973
Recorded Early September 1972, at Command Studios, London
Genre Irish folk music
Length 41:53
Label Polydor, Shanachie
Producer Phil Coulter
Planxty chronology
Planxty
(1973)
The Well Below The Valley
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Planxty[2]:129–145 is the first album by the Irish folk group Planxty, recorded in London during early September 1972 and released in early 1973.[2]:145

Overview[edit]

Because of its dark cover, Planxty is sometimes referred to as "the black album." Author Leagues O'Toole has written that the album "crystallises the 1972 set" performed live by the band during their first year of touring.[2]:129

The album features a variety of traditional and modern Irish folk songs and tunes. It was influential in popularising this genre. The last track revealed the impact of Balkan folk music on mandolinist Andy Irvine. The traditional song "The Blacksmith" concludes with Irvine playing "Blacksmithereens", a tune reflecting the influences he gathered during his travels in Eastern Europe.[2]:144

Although Planxty is nominally the first album by the band, all four members performed together on Christy Moore's previous album Prosperous, which opened with the same track, "Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair dom do Lámh". An earlier recording of " Bheag, Sí Mhór" had been included as a b-side to Planxty's first single, "Three Drunken Maidens".

Recordings completed during the sessions but excluded from the album were new versions of the singles "Three Drunken Maidens" and "The Cliffs of Dooneen", as well as "When First unto this Country" (sung by Lunny) and the traditional Southern Appalachian song "Down In The Valley" featuring all members of the band, including O'Flynn on vocal harmonies.[2]:133 The latter track has since been released on Christy Moore's 2004 box set.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair Dom Do Lámh" (song/waltz) – 4:25
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  2. "Arthur McBride" (song) – 2:51
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  3. "Planxty Irwin" (Turlough O'Carolan) (planxty) – 2:14
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  4. "Sweet Thames Flow Softly" (song) – 3:09
    (Ewan MacColl)
  5. "Junior Crehan's Favourite/Corney is Coming" (reels) – 2:36
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  6. "The West Coast of Clare" (song) – 5:30
    (Andy Irvine)
  7. "The Jolly Beggar/The Wise Maid" (song/reel) – 4:23
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  8. "Only Our Rivers" (song) – 4:04
    (Mickey MacConnell)
  9. "Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór" (waltz) – 3:33
    (Turlough O'Carolan, arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  10. "Follow Me Up to Carlow" (song) – 2:20
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  11. "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" (slide) – 2:39
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)
  12. "The Blacksmith" (song) – 4:09
    (Traditional; arranged by Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine, Lunny)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planxty at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e O'Toole, Leagues (2006). The Humours of Planxty. Ireland: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-340-83796-9.