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Prog Folk

4.03 | 4 ratings

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4 stars They've still got the power and the glory!

Horslips is one of the very best Prog Folk bands, and this double live album from 2010 runs like an extended greatest hits collection performed live. The impressive set list is chockfull of classics from the band's nine studio albums released between 1973 and 1979, including many selections from the two highly regarded concept albums The Tain and Book Of Invasions - A Celtic Symphony. Other numbers that you might remember are King Of The Fairies, Mad Pat, and Flirting In The Shadows. Like on their studio albums, Horslips here play a plethora of stringed acoustic instruments as well as flutes and whistles in addition to the standard Rock instruments of electric guitars, organ, drums and bass. This is Prog Folk that really rocks, without sacrificing any of the folksiness. An all-acoustic section showcases the more subtle side of the band and keeps the set varied.

Judging from this great live recording, it seems that the band has lost little of their power and glory since their 70's heyday. They have no new material to draw on as they haven't recorded anything in the studio since the late 70's (except an album of acoustic remakes of older songs called Roll Back that was released in 2004), but the staying power of the band more than justifies this live album. I hope that they will now consider recording a studio album of new material in the style of their classic output. The vocals here are not perfect, but the evident passion and energy makes up for it. They audience certainly seem to be appreciative as well, and rightly so.

The Tain and Book Of Invasions remain the most essential Horslips albums, but this live album is an excellent addition to any Horslips collection and indeed to any Prog Folk collection

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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