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the Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers: The Life of the Rover

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  • The Life of the Rover
    • 1969 - Decca DL 75157 LP
    • 1970 - MCA MUPS 406 LP — UK
    • 1970 - MCA MAPS 1911 LP — Germany
    • 1973 - MCA Records MCA-284 LP
  • Side One
    1. Fifi O'Toole (Pat and Victoria Garvey)
    2. Pleasant and Delightful
    3. Orange Nickelodeon (Pat and Victoria Garvey)
    4. King of the Fairies
    5. Molecatcher
    6. Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod (L. Simon & E. Fields)
  • Side Two
    1. Sullivan's John (Pecker Dunne)
    2. Bunclody Cuckoo
    3. Sam Hall
    4. Banks of Newfoundland
    5. Life of the Rover (Ewan McColl)

  • The Irish Rovers
    • George Millar
    • Jimmy Ferguson
    • Joe Millar
    • Will Millar
    • Wicil McDowell
  • Credits
    • Produced by Charles Bud Dant
    • Engineer: Terry D. Brown

Sleeve Notes

Diodorus, in the first century B.C., was describing the Celts of Gaul in his history of the world. "In conversation they use many words and speak in riddles, for the most part hinting at things and leaving a great deal to be understood. They frequently exaggerate with the aim of extolling themselves and diminishing the status of others. They are boasters and threateners and given to bombastic self-dramatization, and yet they are quick of mind with good natural ability for learning and take great pleasure in merry-making and hospitality."

"THE LIFE OF THE ROVER" puts us in contact with these "Celts" all over the world. Be it in Sydney, Australia, or Kirkland Lake, Ontario, they "take great pleasure in merrymaking and hospitality." The five of us are a privileged lot in being able to share a few jars with the lot of you-may ye be half an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead!

Oh, by the way, it took Irish monks donkey's-years to do the abstract type of "The Book of Kels". We couldn't find an Irish monk to do our album cover art but we're lucky to have Alex Steinweiss fill in for us.