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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - The A Sides
1. The High Reel (2:43)
2. Dearg Doom (3:06)
3. More Than You Can Chew* (3:09)
4**. Nighttown Boy (3:10)
5. King Of The Fairies (3:21)
6**. (If That's What You Want) That's What You Get (4:56)
7. Warm Sweet Breath Of Love (3:27)
8*. The Power And The Glory (4:00)
9. Speed The Plough (3:32)
10. The Man Who Built America (3:39)
11. Loneliness (4:19)

Total time 39:22

CD 2 - The B Sides
12. Furniture (5:13)
13. The Shamrock Shore (4:35)
14. Faster Than The Hound (5:39)
15. We Bring The Summer With Us (2:30)
16. Sunburst (4:37)
17. The Snakes' Farewell To The Emerald Isle (5:32)
18. King Of Morning, Queen Of Day (4:32)
19. Sir Festus Burke (2:18)
20. Bridge From Heart To Heart (2:50)
21. Red River Rock (Live) (1:49)
22. Long Weekend (3:39)
23. Homesick (4:05)

Total time 47:19

3 & 8 are original single remixes *
4 & 6 are original single edits **
3, 4, 8, 19, 20 & 21 previously unreleased on CD

Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18 & 20 produced by Alan O'Duffy & Horslips.
Track 3 produced by Alan O'Duffy and Horslips; remixed by Fritz Fryer.
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 15, 16 & 17 produced by Fritz Fryer.
Tracks 10, 11, 22 & 23 produced by Steve Katz.
Track 19 produced by Horslips.
Track 21 produced by Alan McKenzie and Horslips.
All tracks Carr/Devlin/Fean/Lockhart/O'Connor (Crashed Music),
except track 21: King/Mack/Mendelsohn (Burlington Music).

Line-up / Musicians

- Barry Devlin / lead vocals, bass guitar
- Charles O'Connor / lead vocals, electric mandolin, guitar, violin
- Johnny Fean / lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Jim Lockhart / vocals, keyboards, flute, tin whistle
- Eamon Carr / drums, bodhran, percussion

Releases information

2CD Celtic Airs/Horslips Records MOOCCD 31 (2013)

Remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Peter Mew and Horslips
from the original tapes.
Original photography: Ian Finlay
Memorabilia: Paul Callaghan, Mark Cunningham, Stephen Ferris,
Steve Matthews, Myles Lally
Album design: Mark Cunningham & Charles O'Connor
Artwork: Chris Ellis
Management: Shay Hennessy

Celtic Airs is an IML Irish Music Licensing Ltd label.
IML, 162 Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, Ireland.
Manufactured in the EU by IML Irish Music Licensing Ltd under license from Horslips Records

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars A singles collection

Being a fan of Horslips, I was immediately intrigued when I saw that there is a new release out from the band. When I realised that it is just another compilation, not a new studio disc, I was of course disappointed. However, given that it includes a few tracks not previously available on CD, there is a least some reason for a fan like me to rejoice. Biography is a slightly misleading title though, "Singles Collection" would have been a more appropriate title, since this is exactly what we have here. It is a two-disc set with the first disc containing single A-sides and the second disc holding the B-sides.

Four of the tracks on disc one are different from their studio album versions, and two of these are not just edited version, but single "remixes". The latter two, More Than You Can Chew and The Power And The Glory, are worth hearing for serious fans, but most people will be just fine with the original album versions. In no case do we have something here that is better than what is contained in the band's regular studio output.

The real interest lies on disc two. Here there are a few tracks that have not been previously released on CD, including Sir Festus Burke, a medieval-styled, harpsichord instrumental; Bridge From Heart To Heart, a rather mundane rocker, and Red River Rock (live); a throwaway instrumental that we frankly could have been without.

Biography is a much better compilation than the incoherent Tracks From The Vaults, but still it offers little new for someone who already owns the band's studio (and live) catalogue. The music contained within Biography's two discs is mostly excellent, but it is generally better heard on the original studio albums.

For fans only. Anyone else should begin with the regular studio (and live) albums (which are generally worthy additions to any Prog Folk collection)

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