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1 stars In the grip of motorway madness

By its very nature, Tracks From The Vaults is a release for completionists and hard core fans and collectors. The contents is a mixed bag of old b-sides and out-takes that showcases the several of Horslips' many faces. As such, we get some pure Folk, some pure Pop, and some straightforward Rock 'N' Roll. Notably absent is the progressive attitude that so successfully shaped their best albums. The collection opens with Motorway Madness, a dull, middle-of-the-road rocker. This one later re-appears (among the four CD bonus tracks) in an every bit as unexciting live version. Familiar songs such as Dearg Doom and King Of The Fairies appear here in demo-versions inferior to the later album versions. Instrumentals such as The High Reel and Johnny's Wedding too can be found in better versions elsewhere (as on Horslips Live).

The silly Beatles tribute songs Beatles Come Back and Fab Four-Four (released under the name of Lipstick) are the real low points here.

Among the tracks not available elsewhere, there are some rather nice folky tunes. Some of these could have worked fine as link-pieces on some of the band's albums, but hold limited interest in their own right. These are interesting for a fan like me to hear once or twice, but are not really enough to make Tracks From The Vaults a worthwhile experience as such.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |


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