Original Irish Tenors

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Review Text In the early days of the popular music industry, several Irish tenors -- or, at least, tenors of Irish descent who were born in or moved to the United States -- enjoyed considerable success with sentimental patriotic/nationalistic songs, and romantic tunes with Irish themes. Here are 21 such recordings, done between 1921 and 1953 by seven different artists, Morton Downey (father of talk show host Morton Downey, Jr.) and John McCormack being the most renowned. While these singers sometimes recorded songs with Irish traditional folk origins, this isn't folk music by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it consists of various combinations of Irish folk music, Tin Pan Alley pop, and vaudeville, with some operatic influence, cinematic soundtrack flavor, and military march rhythms for good measure. As such, the arrangements will feel dated to many listeners, and the vocal delivery far more sentimental than anyone would deliver with a straight face nowadays. Still, the singers do have a supple power, and skillfully tap into the archetypal mixture of unabashedly dramatic merriment and melancholy that many associate with Irish music (and culture). It's a highly commercialized form of Irish authenticity, but one that carries considerable idiosyncratically Irish character nonetheless. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. St. Patrick's Day Parade - 3:49
  2. 2. Wearing of the Green - 3:42
  3. 3. Rose of Tralee - 3:13
  4. 4. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - 3:49
  5. 5. How Can You Buy Killarny - 3:19
  6. 6. Where the Shannon River Flows - 3:46
  7. 7. Ballynure Ballad - 2:04
  8. 8. Molly Brannigan - 3:48
  9. 9. Kathleen Mavourneen - 4:18
  10. 10. Galway Bay - 3:59
  11. 11. Just a Little Bit of Heaven - 2:02
  12. 12. Sweet Irish Sweetheart of Mine - 3:12
  13. 13. Danny Boy - 4:32
  14. 14. My Wild Irish Rose - 3:10
  15. 15. Minstrel Boy - 3:34
  16. 16. Same Old Shillelegh - 3:36
  17. 17. Mother Machree - 3:10
  18. 18. Come Back to Erin - 3:09
  19. 19. That's How You Spell Ireland - 3:52
  20. 20. I Met Her in the Garden Where the Praties Grow - 3:45
  21. 21. Clancy Lowered the Boom - 3:00

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2/21/06 

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