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The Chieftains "The Chieftains'Collection Vol 2" Claddagh CC67CD

A compilation from previous releases between 1969 and 1977; vintage stuff from the most successful traditional group yet, before they achieved escape velocity and diverged into all sorts of weird and less than wonderful collaborations with names from Paddy Moloney's address book. It's good to hear Pat Kilduff lilting "The Hunter's Purse" without the scratches on my vinyl.

However, there are no real surprises here; it's The Chieftains playing as we know they can. There isn't a duff track on the CD, but the world already knows what The Chieftains are capable of, so I don't see the point in remixing their back catalogue as compilations. Everything from "The Chieftains" to "Chieftains 10" is still available from Claddagh, so I can only guess that this is sales-driven. If Claddagh had remixed as themed CDs, I could have seen some justification, but this defies any logic but that of the accountants. It's only 47 minutes, which seems a bit mean of Claddagh; a few more tracks wouldn't have bankrupted them. That said, if you can't get enough of The Chieftains, then this is definitely one for you.

Mick Furey

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This album was reviewed in Issue 41 of The Living Tradition magazine.