Few musicians can claim to have performed with John Lennon on "Luck of the Irish," but guitarist/vocalist Tom Doyle of David Peel's Lower East Side did, and carries the tradition on with this ten-song compact disc created with the idea of unity in Ireland in mind. Though born in the Bronx, his Irish heritage comes through loud and clear on the title track and continues across the disc on songs like "The Unit of Volunteer Pete Ryan" and "The Land of Saints and Scholars." The recording is minimal and dense, with Doyle's vocals over a web of guitars and drum, but the lo-fi sound is made up for by the heart the artist brings to his music. Breaking up the political drama is track two, "Snakeskin Woman Jo Jo," written for the ex-wife of Wings guitarist Denny Laine. Doyle met Jo Jo Laine in April of 1972 at the Mar Y Sol Festival in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. This song makes its appearance on this release 26 years after it was written. The CD cover is dark green, with the island country above the name of the group. The booklet comes with lyrics to the title track as well as a Thomas F. Doyle poem, The Sacred Knights of Malta. It's an interesting and commendable work that Beatles collectors may want. The art design is by David Peel himself.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione