MCAD-21048 My Favorite Irish Songs
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Released on 1997
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K ronomyth xx.x: KILL ME, I’M IRISH. The fact that my great grandparents were born in Ireland does not make me Irish. I am American. And thus I have my own national stereotypes to wrestle with (arrogant, violent materialists) before I tag-team the Irish ones (overbreeding, brawling drunks). Old Bing was less ambivalent about his Irish roots, and made a bit o’ green singing the praises of bony Irish lasses and celtic sanguinity. My Favorite Irish Songs compiles ten tracks from Bing’s past, half of them presumably (my presumption) from the old Decca release, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. The MCA Special Products are produkt plain and simple, with no liner notes and no regard for the inherent advantages of CD technology (high fidelity, high capacity). This is merely an impulse purchase, a fleck of green in the grey doldrums of February. Honestly, I’ve always found St. Patrick’s Day to be a national embarrassment both for its intemperance and its intolerance. (Gay people can’t participate in a parade dedicated to a guy who beat off thousands of snakes? Really? C’mon.) Irish music also didn’t bring out the best in Bing’s voice, any more than Frank Sinatra gave a crap about Christmas. The songs themselves fall into two basic camps: the cast of characters (“Dear Old Donegal,” “McNamara’s Band”) and the Irish lullabies (“Galway Bay,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”). Bing singing holiday music always had a special resonance for me; there’s something sacred and still about his sleepy voice. There’s nothing sacred about the Irish that any other nationality couldn’t lay claim to (save an overabundance of snakes), and while I admit to being partial to the emerald isle’s particular beauty, it’s still basically a giant, moss-covered rock. The beauty of Bing’s Irish recordings are equally superficial in my eyes, and amount to no more than novelties, like Dean Martin’s Italian songs. There’s also a more charitable review of this on All Music Guide, since I didn’t want the International Crosby Circle (those freemasons of the musical world) coming after me.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DANNY BOY    3:11
  2. OH! 'TIS SWEET TO THINK WITH ANN BLYTH    3:21
  3. THE ROSE OF TRALEE    3:16
  4. DEAR OLD DONEGAL    2:35
  5. McNAMARA'S BAND    2:40
  6. WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING    2:54
  7. TOO-RA-LOO-RA-LOO-RAL (THAT'S AN IRISH LULLABY)    3:12
  8. HOW CAN YOU BUY KILLARNEY?    3:03
  9. GALWAY BAY    3:00
  10. ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE    2:08

CREDITS

Bob Zipkin -- compiler

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1997 MCA Special Products CD MCAD-21048  
US March 3, 1998 Madacy 3CD 0415 repackaged w. HOME TO IRELAND (Clancy Bros.) + IRISH
PUB SONGS (Tommy Makem) as THE BEST OF IRELAND

 

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