The debut album by the Chieftains, recorded when they were still a semi-professional outfit, is more restrained than their subsequent efforts. The opening number introduces each of the bandmembers, Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts on pipes, followed by Michael Tubridy on flute and David Fallon on bodhran, Martin Fay on the fiddle, and then Tubridy on the concertina. The group would later acquire what can only be called a more soulful approach, but the playing here was a revelation at the time, if only for its stripped-down authenticity.
Essential: a masterpiece of Folk music
Brady’s first solo album, Welcome Here Kind Stranger is his second (and final) folk recording prior to his embarking on a successful, long-term foray into the realm of mainstream rock. Its title is a phrase taken from one of the album’s songs: “The Lakes of Pontchartrain”. The album was initially released (vinyl and cassette) on Dónal Lunny’s Mulligan label (LUN024) in 1978 and was voted “Folk Album of the Year” by Melody Maker magazine. The album was never officially released on CD due to a breakdown in the relationship between Brady and the Mulligan label and remained out of print for many years, until finally re-mastered and released in 2009 on Brady’s own label, PeeBee Music.
32 x track / 2 x CD sampler sent to radio stations worldwide to promote the 2009 release of the remastered catalogue of fourteen Stereo albums…
This exceptional 3CD set features the biggest hits and most sought after extended mixes that were so special to the 80s. The biggest artists of the era are featured including Wham!, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Human League, Tears For Fears, Soft Cell and Spandau Ballet. It includes many sought after mixes including the Dance Mix of Sledgehammer, the Night Version of Girls On Film, The Extended Version of All Cried Out and the 12inch New York Mix of Relax.