The Dubliners

Their Greatest Hits

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To pick a small bone with this generally worthwhile compilation, it would be far more aptly titled The Best of the Early Dubliners or The Best of the Dubliners on Transatlantic than Their Greatest Hits. After all, it doesn't have any of the actual British chart hits they landed in 1967 on the Major Minor label. In fact, it doesn't have anything they recorded after 1966. It does, however, have a lot of stuff -- 25 tracks worth -- from the material they cut for the Transatlantic label between 1964 and 1966, with decent annotation for each track. As such, it's a good overview of their early career, taking in jigs, banjo-paced instrumentals, seafaring odes, reels, and their love of Ireland. There are drinking songs, too, but not as high a concentration of those as there are on some other Dubliners collections. It's not the most diverse or creative Irish folk music, but it's unflaggingly vivacious, with the vocal hard edge that many listeners want and expect from the style.