The Saw Doctors Play It Again Sham!
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- Released: July 29, 2003
- Label: Shamtown
- 1.World of Good
- 2.I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles
- 3.Michael D. Rocking in the Dail
- 4.Bless Me Father
- 5.Joe Wall Broke My Heart
- 6.Me Heart Is Livin' in the Sixties Still
- 7.Howya Julia
- 8.Apples, Sweets or Chocolate
- 9.Broke My Heart
- 10.Crock of Gold
- 11.We're the Popsuckers
- 12.Small Ball
- 13.Winter's Just a Dream
- 14.She Says
- 15.Small Bit of Love
- 17.Sound Sham
- 18.School of Beauty
- 19.Letter From Louise
- 20.Where's the Party?
The Saw Doctors include: Davy Carton (vocals, guitar); Pearse Doherty (vocals, bass); Derek Murray (guitar, accordion, keyboards); Leo Moran (guitar, background vocals).
Producers include: Philip Tennant, The Saw Doctors, Marcus Drav, Kenny Ralph, Jim Higgins.
Compilation producer: Davy Carton.
Includes liner notes by Tommy Shea.
Personnel: Anthony Thistlethwaite (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, saxophone); Leo Moran, Davey Carton, John Burke (vocals, guitar); John Donnelly (vocals, drums); Pearse Doherty (vocals); Derek Murray (guitar, accordion, keyboards); Robin Stowell, Ben Paley, James Barton (violin); Geoff York (viola); Sharon McKinley (cello); Tony Lambert (accordion, keyboards); Danni Healy (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone); Jimmy Higgins (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim Higgins (piano); Padraig Stevens (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: John Brough; Markus Dravs.
Liner Note Authors: Tommy Shea; Leo Moran.
Recording information: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland.
This is a delightful collection of 20 singles and B-sides, 17 of which never found their way onto studio albums. Several of these selections have become concert favorites like "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles" and "Michael D. Rocking in the Dail." Many of the remaining tracks possess the youthful exuberance found on earlier albums like If This Is Rock'n'Roll, I Want My Old Job Back and All the Way From Tuam presumably since they were written during that early period. The Saw Doctors playfully mix early rock & roll with punk, country, folk and even Motown and, as is their trademark, compliment the music with themes of youthful lust, small town living, growing up Catholic and other recurrent identifiers. Lead vocalist Davey Carton compiled this collection so the integrity of the band and what they stand for is preserved. This album is packed full of gems, some familiar to loyal fans, others more obscure like the powerful "Sound Sham." For those who haven't had the experience of seeing this band live or haven't heard the numerous Saw Doctors four-song single releases Play it Again Sham! is indeed the missing link. ~ Dave Sleger
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