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Jim McCann: Discography
McCann & McCanned


McCann
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  • McCann
    • 1970 - Polydor 2904 001 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Times Have Changed (Edwards & Witherspoon)
    2. Ploughboy Lads
    3. Sam Hall
    4. That's no Way to Say Goodbye (L. Cohen)
    5. Sullivan's John (Dunne)
    6. Muddy Water (Joe Babcock)
  • Side Two
    1. Butchie's Tune (John Sebastian)
    2. Carroll Bawn
    3. I Give you the Morning (Tom Paxton)
    4. Rainy Day (J. Felix)
    5. Streets of London (McTell)
    6. Love of the Commom People (J. Hurley & R. Kilkins)

  • Musicians
    • Jim McCann: Accoustic Guitar, Vocal
    • Ken Rigley: Electric Guitar
    • Don Byrne : Fender Bass
    • Chris Hynes: Recorder
    • John Sheehan [sic]: Fiddle, Whistle
    • Joe McGuiness: Harmonica
  • Credits
    • Produced by John D'Ardis at Trend Studios
    • Front Cover: Roy Esmonde
    • Sleeve Notes: Shay Healy
    • Back Cover Photos: Roy Esmonde
    • Back Cover Design: Jackie Hayden

Sleeve Notes

Sometimes he is Supermacann. When he wears his sheepskin coat he becomes Genghis McCann. And when he is telling his stories, he is Bubbles McCann.

It's all a bit confusing really, but that's how Jim McCann really is. Somehow he is sort of stereophonic in his approach to people and music. But talk about indolence! McCann is president and founder-member of the Society of Procrastinators for South County Dublin.

This album is a miricale! It was recorded and replayed many times in the snug confines of the Barge, a pub that sits on the banks of the canal at Charlemont Bridge. I played session on it many times and wound up half-dementted in the Palmerston Road for my trouble. So when it became a psychical actuality, (I'm not dreaming, am I?) the initial shock was countered by the warm feeling that at last somebody cared about Supermacann.

Jim McCann's music is like himself, variable to say the least. On this album he covers everything from a classic ballad like "Sullivan's John right through to Love of the Common People. He attacks his music with the same enthusiasm as his favourite wine might be attacked and he eats everything as the main course.

Jim McCann is slowly becoming a legend within the business. Whats more, we all know how good he is. But it's time you get a chance.

Wherever he goes, the crack seems to revolve around Jim McCann's warm, earthy disrespect for pretension. So come on, burn your pin-stipe and learn to enjoy Supermacann's freedom. It's in his music.

Shay Healy

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McCanned
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  • McCanned
    • 1972 - Polydor 2904 003 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Darling Companion
    2. The Light (Brewer/Shipley)
    3. Snowblind Friend (Axton)
    4. Sunny Outside
    5. I Used To Know You (Jonathan Kelly)
    6. You Never Wanted Me (Jackson C. Frank)
  • Side Two
    1. It's About Time
    2. Bet No-One Ever Hurt This Bad
    3. Seems Like a Long Time
    4. My Old Man
    5. Gospel Changes (W. Williams)
    6. I Know You, Rider

  • Musicians
    • Jim McCann: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
    • Jerry Hughes: Dobro Guitar & Piano on "Gospel Changes"
    • Don Byrne: Bass
    • Drums: Chris Hynes
    • Luci Johnston: Background Vocals on "Gospel Changes"
  • Credits
    • Produced by John D'Ardis at Trend Studios, Dublin
    • Recording Engineer: Fred Meijer
    • Sleeve Designed and Photographed by Roy Esmonde
    • Artwork by Drawing Board

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McCanned (Folk Mill)
& Streets of London
 
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  • McCanned
    • 1972 - Polydor (Folk Mill) 2489 053 LP
  • Streets of London
    • 1972 - Polydor 2908 018 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Ploughboy Lads
    2. Sam Hall
    3. Sullivan's John (Dunne)
    4. Carroll Bawn
    5. Rainy Day (Julie Felix)
    6. Streets of London (Ralph McTell)
  • Side Two
    1. The Light (Brewer/Shipley)
    2. Snowblind Friend (Axton)
    3. I Used To Know You (Jonathan Kelly)
    4. You Never Wanted Me (Jackson C. Frank)
    5. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen)
    6. Gospel Changes (W. Williams)

  • Credits
    • Produced by John D'Ardis at Trend Studios, Dublin
    • Recording Engineer: Fred Meijer
    • Sleeve Designed and Photographed by Roy Esmonde
    • Artwork by Drawing Board
    • Compiled by George McManus
  • Track Sources:
    • Tracks: 1-6 & 11 are from McCann: 1970 - Polydor 2904 001 LP
    • Tracks: 7-10 & 12 are from McCanned: 1972 - Polydor 2489 053 LP

Sleeve Notes

Jim McCann is an entertainer and a very good one when he is on stage. On record we can only concern ourselves with his singing or rather what he sings.

That he is a vocalist with a great deal of talent and experience goes without saying really. He has been around long enough working in folk clubs, cabaret and in concert, both in his native Ireland and in Britain, to gain a reputation that deserves to be a lot bigger.

Jim McCann has closely been associated with the folk scene, and although he sings folk songs, some of the time, he is not just a folk singer.

The songs on this album will dispel any misconception about that. They embrace the various types of songs that Jim is likely to perform in a nights work, and maybe one or two that he wouldn't.

The songs range from traditional material like "Ploughboy Lads" and "Carroll Bawn" to the contemporary equivalent of these old folk songs whose creators have become anonymous with time.

The modern compositions include Ralph McTell's beautifully simple and effective "Streets Of London," now a standard in contemporary repertoire and a true folk song of today, Hoyt Axton's "Snowblind Friend," that carries a grim warning behind its gentle exterior, and Leonard Cohen's appealing "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye."

Jim McCann's performances have a great understanding and sensitivity in their approach and his choice of songs on this album is uncompromising. Each one is a song of depth and quality, matched by the treatment they receive. Which is why sometimes he chooses just his own accomplished guitar accompaniment or will go for a suitable fuller sound provided by a small group. Yet he is always at ease with either.

Above all the album illustrates the scope and variety that Jim McCann has in his music and on this album he uses it to the full to give us something that will bear listening to often.

TONY WILSON

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Seems Like a Long Time: A Jim McCann Retrospective
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  • Seems Like a Long Time: A Jim McCann Retrospective
    • 2004 - Ainm/Ceol Records ARCD041 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. You Never Wanted Me
    2. Darling Companion
    3. Seems Like a Long Time
    4. Times Have Changed
    5. Bet No-One Ever Hurt This Bad
    6. Plough Boy Lads
    7. Streets of London
    8. I Give You the Morning
    9. Sunny Outside
    10. (Hey, That's) That's No Way to Say Goodbye
    11. I Used to Know You
    12. It's About Time
    13. Gospel Changes
    14. The Light
    15. Muddy Water
    16. I Know You Rider

  • Musicians
    • Jim McCann: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Credits
    • Produced by John D'Ardis (Original tracks/albums)
    • Fred Meijer: Engineer (Original tracks/albums)
    • Harry Bradshaw: Re-mastering
    • Gerry Williams: Re-mastering
  • Track Sources:
    • Tracks: 4, 6-8, 10 & 15 are from McCann: 1970 - Polydor 2904 001 LP
    • Tracks: 1-3, 5, 9, 11-14 & 16 are from McCanned: 1972 - Polydor 2489 053 LP

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Notes
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Sorting out Jim McCann's first solo albums is quite confusing, so hopefully this all make sense.


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  • Jim McCann released 2 solo albums in the early 70's:
    • McCann: 1970 - Polydor 2904 001 LP
    • McCanned: 1972 - Polydor 2904 003 LP
  • All but 3 tracks from these albums were subsequently released on 3 compilations:
  • The 3 tracks that were not re-issued:
    • "Butchie's Tune"
    • "Love of the Commom People"
    • "My Old Man"
  • According to Billboard - August 26, 1972 … (at google books):
    • "A Jim McCann album, released by Polydor in Oct., will consist of selections from McCann's previous two albums. The new LP will be called 'McCanned' …"
    • Note the credit: "Compiled" by George McManus

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