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The Dublinerss: Discography
Transatlantic LP Compilations: 1967-1973


the Best of the Dubliners

  • The Best of the Dubliners
    • 1967 - Transatlantic TRA158 LP
    • 1980 - Tradition TRA 2119 LP
    • 1982 - Harp HPE 649 LP
  • Irish Favorites by the Dubliners
    • 1996 - BCI Music BCCD 301 CD

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  • Side One
    1. Off to Dublin in the Green
    2. The Sunshine Hornpipe/The Mountain Road
    3. Will You Come to the Bower?
    4. Peggy Lettermore
    5. Donegal Reel and The Longford Collector
    6. Roddy McCorley
  • Side Two
    1. I'll Tell My Ma
    2. The Mason's Apron
    3. The Foggy Dew
    4. The Old Orange Flute
    5. Róisín Dubh
    6. The Holy Ground

  • Credits
    • Cover photography & design by Brian Shuel

Sleeve Notes

The Dubliners by this time need no introduction even to the English 'pop' public. They started back in 1963 as the darlings of the few connoisseurs of pure Irish ballad singing and instrumental virtuosity. There was Ronnie Drew, gravel-voiced master of the Dublin street ballad; Luke Kelly, a power-house classic ballad singer whose voice would 'take the froth off the Guinness at fifty paces'; Ciaron Bourke, scholar, whistle virtuoso and, not least, peacemaker of the group; and Barney McKenna one of the greatest players of the banjo and mandolin ever to come out of Ireland-or anywhere else. Gradually they built up a reputation at Dublin clubs and ballad concerts which was greatly enhanced by the release of their first LP TRA 116.

For a time there was a change of personnel, Luke Kelly departing and being replaced by Bobby Lynch; also John Sheehan a dexterous fiddle and mandolin player was added. This was the line up for their second LP, TRA 124. Later Luke Kelly returned in place of Bobby Lynch and this was the line up which stayed through a series of hit singles, packed concert houses throughout Great Britain and a wonderfully successful show at the Gate Theatre, Dublin which also provided a splendid LP, TRA 139. Now there can be few people in Great Britain who haven't heard their unique sound. This LP presents the rough, endearing, raucous, energy packed, virtuoso and colourful best of The Dubliners.


Off to Dublin in the Green (from TRASP8) was one of The Dubliners' entries into the Irish Hit Parade in 1966.

The Sunshine Hornpipe/The Mountain Road (TRA 139) is one of the best examples of The Dubliners' scintillating instrumental skill.

Will You Come to the Bower? (TRA 139) was one of the most popular songs from the boys' show at the Gate Theatre in 1966 entitled 'Finnegan Wakes'.

Peggy Lettermore (TRA 124), a Gaelic song in praise of a girl called Peggy who came from Lettermore Island in Connemara, is sung by Ciaron who upholds the status and honour of the Gaelic language within the group.

Donegal Reel and The Longford Collector (TRA 124) are two of the group's favourites and indeed the rest of the group played the second of these reels outside the church at Ronnie's wedding.

Roddy McCorley (TRA 124) needs little introduction. It is one of the most popular and rightly famous Irish republican songs.

I'll Tell My Ma (TRA 116) is a Dublin children's skipping song which was one of the highlights of The Dubliners' first LP.

The Mason's Apron (TRA EP 136), set for fiddle and banjo, has been described by Peter Kennedy as of 'unbeatable stature. The best of the fiddle tradition is combined with good violin technique and followed by a style of banjo playing which has never got into any manual'.

The Foggy Dew (TRASP9) is one of Luke's most power and emotion packed performances.

The Old Orange Flute (TRA 124) on the other hand is The Dubliners in one of their most light hearted moods in a song in which the flute gets the better of Orange Men and Papishes alike.

Róisín Dubh (TRASP3) has Barney and John in a superbly sensitive and delicate mandolin duet of a type which has become one of the highlights of The Dubliners' concert appearances.

And finally the record ends with The Dubliners' rousing rendition of a song which has become one of the most popular items with any folk club audience in Great Britain, The Holy Ground (TRA 116).

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The Best of the Dubliners
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  • The Best of the Dubliners
    • 1969 - Hallmark SHM 857 LP

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  • Side One
    1. McAlpines Fusiliers
    2. Finnegan's Wake
    3. Rocky Road To Dublin
    4. Home Boys Home
    5. The Patriot Game
    6. Monto
  • Side Two
    1. The Holy Ground
    2. The Wild Rover
    3. Mason´s Apron
    4. Boulavogue
    5. Master McGrath
    6. The Leaving Of Liverpool

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It's the Dubliners
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  • It's the Dubliners
    • 1969 - Hallmark HM 615 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Master McGrath
    2. Waltzing In The Dew
    3. The Cook In The Kitchen
    4. Boulavogue
    5. Reels (Sligo Maid & Colonel Rodney)
  • Side Two
    1. Peggy Lettermore
    2. Ragman's Ball
    3. I'll Tell My Ma
    4. Mason's Apron
    5. Woman From Wexford

  • Credits
    • Recordings Originally Produced by Transatlantic Records Limited London

  • Notes
    • This compilation is more interesting than most, as it includes all of the tracks from the EP release, More of the Dubliners, as well as 1 track from the EP, Mainly Barney.

Sleeve Notes

The Dubliners first came together at the Edinburgh Festival of 1963 and in the months thereafter they swept on to the folk scene like a breath of fresh air, warming the heart of every Irishman and frightening and bewildering every Englishman who came into their path. The fear and bewilderment however was tinged with admiration, for one could not help but admire Barney playing the banjo with a dexterity unmatched by anyone else in Britain or Ronnie Drew singing in a voice like coke being crushed under a door or Luke Kelly in full vocal flight taking the froth off a Guinness at 50 yards.

What happened is history. The Dubliners became the most surprising and possibly surprised entrants into the Hit Parade in years, became the biggest thing the Irish entertainment business had ever known and trail blazed their way round the world, bringing Irish music at its best to America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Germany, France and England.

The Dubliners have made no musical concessions to commercial success. Their way with a song and with an audience is as uncompromising but as warmhearted as ever. These recordings are drawn from the period 1963/1966 during which, if anything, The Dubliners were singing and playing at their joyous best.

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The Patriot Game
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  • The Patriot Game
    • 1971 - Hallmark SHM 738 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Patriot Game
    2. The Cuilin
    3. Instrumental
    4. I Wish (Till Apples Grow On An Ivy Tree)
    5. Instrumental
    6. Home Boys Home
  • Side Two
    1. The Nightingale
    2. King Of The Fairies
    3. The Mason's Apron
    4. Kitty Come Down From Limerick
    5. My Love Is In America
    6. Rocky Road To Dublin

  • Credits
    • Cover Photo: Stanley Matchett
  • Track Sources:
    • Tracks: 6, 7 & 12 are from The Dubliners: 1964 - TRA 116 LP
    • Tracks: 1 & 11 are from In Concert: 1965 - TRA 124 LP
    • Tracks: 2 & 8-10 are from Mainly Barney: 1966 - TRA EP 136 EP
    • Track: 4 is a previously unreleased, alternate take, of "Love is Pleasing".
    • I cannot confirm the details on Tracks: 3 & 5, both titled "Instrumental".
      • However, one of the "bonus" tracks on the expanded CD release, The Dubliners (with Luke Kelly) is titled "Instrumental" — and is more than likely one of these …
  • Notes
    • Another compilation that is more interesting than most, as it includes all of the tracks from the EP release, Mainly Barney, as well as the (1 to 3) previously unreleased tracks (above).

Sleeve Notes

Dublin. The time 5 o'clock on a sunny afternoon. I'm just sitting there, fingers posed tentatively over the typewriter keys, working on a radio show.

The phone rings, and the conversation goes something like this:
"How would you like to write the sleeve notes for the Dubliners' next album?"
"Sure. When do you want them? Yesterday?"
"Right!"
"How about tomorrow?"
"OK."

Seconds after putting down the receiver comes the full realisation of what I've let myself in for.

After all, what can you say about the Dubliners that hasn't been said over and over again. To trot out the same old superlatives and platitudes would amount to an impertinence nothing short of gilding the lily.

It this were their first, second or third LP. the usual biographical details might be in order. But I've lost count of the number of discs by the Dubliners (and so, I suspect, have they). Anyhow, anyone who isn't familiar with the essential facts about them at this stage can't be all that interested in the subject.

In short, the Dubliners are much too well known to regime this kind of press officer-ish approach. In any case, if a picture really is worth a thousand words, then it seems to me that even a snatch of their music is worth all the words written on the back of all their LPs.

One thing, though, that may be worth repeating is that the Dubliners are uncompromising where their music is concerned.

I think they'd agree with something Gordon Lighttoot once said "I learned a long way back that the public have to get around to you. You don't get around to the public."

It didn't take too long in their case, but before the public got around to the Dubliners, they were making music in that same individual way. They still are. And, in the unlikely event of the public losing interest in them, you can bet they'll keep on doing so for their own enjoyment and that of a few friends.

Within this sleeve you'll find a fairly typical sampling from the Dubliners' vast repertoire. I'm grateful for the inclusion of two special favourites of mine, "The Patriot Game" and "The Rocky Road to Dublin", which was probably a shade slower in its original instrumental form. Robert Sherman has written of it as "a walking song, if you have ever walked down a rocky road in your bare feet, you can gut the feel of the rhythm."

Whatever your own particular preferences may be, here's wishing you many a pleasant hour in the Dubliners' unique company.

Ken Stewart
Dublin Evening News

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The Best of the Dubliners

  • The Best of the Dubliners
    • 1972 - Transatlantic/Metronome 0084.004-2 LP [x2] (Germany)
  • The Best of the Dubliners — Volume One
    • 1975 - Transatlantic TRA 89524/25 LP [x2] (France)

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  • Side One
    1. Off to Dublin in Green
    2. Sunshine Hornpipe & The Mountain Road
    3. Will You Come to the Bower
    4. Peggy Lettermore
    5. The Donnegal Reel & The Longford Collector
    6. Roddy McCorley
  • Side Two
    1. I'll Tell Me Ma
    2. The Mason's Apron
    3. The Foggy Dew
    4. The Old Orange Flute
    5. Róisín Dubh
    6. The Holy Ground
  • Record Two — Side Three
    1. The Wild Rover
    2. Easy and Slow
    3. Home Boys Home
    4. Chief O'Niell's Hornpipe
    5. The Rocky Road to Dublin
    6. The Leaving Of Liverpool
  • Record Two — Side Four
    1. Nelson's Farewell
    2. The Twang Man
    3. Jar of Porter
    4. Boulavogue
    5. The Glendalough Saint
    6. Air Fa La La La


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The Dubliners - Star Edition
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  • The Dubliners - Star Edition
    • 1972 - Transatlantic/Metronome 0084.006-2 LP [x2] (Germany)

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  • Side One
    1. Off To Dublin In Green
    2. Finnegans Wake
    3. The Wild Rover
    4. The Holy Ground
    5. The Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Side Two
    1. The Leaving Of Liverpool
    2. Sunshine Hornpipe/ The Mountain Road
    3. Rosin Dubh
    4. The Cook In The Kitchen
    5. The Donegal Reel/ The Longford Collector
    6. Carolan Concerto
    7. Chief O'Neill's Hornpipe
    8. The Mason's Apron
  • Record Two — Side Three
    1. A Jar Of Porter
    2. The Ragman's Ball
    3. Maid's When You're Young, Never Wed An Old Man
    4. The Monto
    5. Tramps And Hawkers
    6. Master MaGrath
    7. The Parting Glass
  • Record Two — Side Four
    1. The Patroit Game
    2. The Kerry Recuit
    3. Boulavouge
    4. The Foggy Dew
    5. Surrounded By Water
    6. Roddy McCorley

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The Dubliners - Star Gold

  • The Dubliners - Star Gold
    • 1972 - Transatlantic/Metronome 0084.008-2 LP [x2] (Germany)
  • The Dubliners - Star Action
    • 1973 - Transatlantic/Metronome 0084.010-2 LP [x2] (Germany)

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  • Record One — Side One
    1. I'll Tell Me Ma
    2. The Mason's Apron
    3. The Foggy Dew
    4. The Old Orange Flute
    5. Róisín Dubh
    6. The Holy Ground
  • Record One — Side Two
    1. Hot Asphalt
    2. Love Is Pleasing
    3. Master MaGrath
    4. Within A Mile Of Dublin
    5. The Ragman's Ball
    6. The Sea Around Us
  • Record Two — Side Three
    1. The Wild Rover
    2. Easy And Slow
    3. Home Boys Home
    4. Chief O'Niell's Hornpipe
    5. The Rocky Road To Dublin
    6. The Leaving Of Liverpool
  • Record Two — Side Four
    1. The High Reel
    2. The Banks Of The Roses
    3. The Swallow's Tail Reel
    4. The Nightingale
    5. The Sligo Maid & Colonel Rodney

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The Best of the Dubliners - Volume Two

  • The Best of the Dubliners - Volume Two
    • 1973 - Transatlantic/Metronome DALP 2/1942 [2 LPs] (Germany)
  • The Dubliners On Tour
    • 1973 - Transatlantic/Metronme 200 112 (5N 038N-60677) LP (Germany)
      • On Tour is the same as Record One of Best of … Vol. 2

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  • Record One — Side One
    1. The Greenland Whale Fisheries
    2. Tramps And Hawkers
    3. A Jar Of Porter
    4. The Kerry Recruit (vocals by Ronnie Drew)
    5. The Woman From Wexford
    6. The Dublin Fusiliers
  • Record One — Side Two
    1. Hot Asphalt
    2. Love Is Pleasing
    3. Master McGrath
    4. Within A Mile Of Dublin
    5. The Ragman's Ball
    6. The Sea Around Us
  • Record Two — Side Three
    1. The High Reel
    2. The Banks Of The Roses
    3. The Swallow's Tail Reel
    4. The Nightingale
    5. The Sligo Maid & Colonel Rodney
  • Record Two — Side Four
    1. The Patriot Game
    2. My Love Is In America
    3. The Monto
    4. McAlpine's Fusiliers
    5. The Cook In The Kitchen

  • Track Sources:
    1. Tracks: 2, 3, 8, 11 & 13-16 are from The Dubliners: 1964 - TRA 116 LP
    2. Tracks: 5 & 17-19 are from In Concert: 1965 - TRA 124 LP
    3. Track: 1 is from Róisín Dubh & Greenland Whale Fisheries: 1965 - TRA SP 3
    4. Tracks: 6, 7, 10, 12, 20 & 21 are from Finnegan Wakes: 1966 - TRA 139 LP
    5. Tracks: 9 & 22 are from More Of The Dubliners: 1966 - TRA EP 152 EP
    6. Track: 4 — with vocals by Ronnie Drew — is previously unreleased.
      • On certain releases the more well-known version of "The Kerry Recruit", by Bob Lynch, is referred to as the "alternate take" — perhaps this is why.

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On the Road
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  • On the Road
    • 1973 — Transatlantic 200 158 LP (Germany)

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  • Side One
    1. The Rocky Road To Dublin
    2. Sunshine Hornpipe & The Mountain Road
    3. The Donegal Reel & The Longford Collector
    4. Roddy McCorley
    5. The Twang Man
    6. The Masons Apron
  • Side Two
    1. Off to Dublin in Green
    2. The Foggy Dew
    3. The Holy Ground
    4. The Wild Rover
    5. Jar of Porter
    6. Leaving Of Liverpool

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