The Irish Rovers - Topic

The Irish Rovers - Topic

The Unicorn Play

The single most popular record that The Irish Rovers ever made, their cover of Shel Silverstein's slyly written "The Unicorn" stands apart from the more straightforward material on this album, which is devoted to good times, family, and religious differences, and other significant elements of Irish song. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

The Boys of Belfast: A Collection of Irish Favorites Play

Varèse Sarabande's Boys of Belfast: A Collection of Irish Favorites features 18 latter-day cuts from the legendary folk group, including "Boys of Belfast," "Will You Come and Marry Me?," "Good Ship Rover" and "Best of Friends Must Part." ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Upon a Shamrock Shore: Songs of Ireland & the Irish Play

On this compilation, Will Millar's singing is alternated with that of the more sober Jimmy Ferguson, who handles ballads. Even on this Irish-themed material, the Irish Rovers are original and of their late-'60s time. "Pat From Mullingar" celebrates a hero of the I.R.A., while "Pennywhistle Peddler" seems to describe a person and a milieu more reminiscent of the Haight-Ashbury hippie scene in which the group was living than an Irish village. Nevertheless, more traditional fare is heard in the bawdy "Up Among the Heather" and in a quartet of songs about the Irish diaspora to America in the 19th century and the immigrants' subsequent experiences. This is a varied collection by a distinctive group that took its heritage in sometimes surprising directions. ("The Rovers Street Song Medley" is previously unreleased, while "Pigs Can't Fly" has been stripped of overdubs.) ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

The First of the Irish Rovers/The Unicorn Play

This release combines two recordings by the Irish Rovers onto a single cassette tape: the confusingly titled First of the Irish Rovers (it wasn't) and their best-seller, The Unicorn. ~ Sean Westergaard, Rovi
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