Christy Moore

Whatever Tickles Your Fancy/Christy Moore

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Whatever Tickles Your Fancy, Christy Moore's third album was his first after his first departure from Planxty, in the mid-'70s. Perhaps feeling a bit as if he should try to please all folk factions, the LP was divided into an acoustic side ("Tippin' It Up to Nancy," in fact, features nothing but his voice and bodhran) and an electric one. Rearrangements of traditional material dominated the song list, although it also included a couple of Ewan MacColl tunes and, most surprisingly, a cover of Mountain's "One Last Cold Kiss." Whatever approach was used, he was an effective interpreter of traditional numbers, or work that was traditional in style (even "One Last Cold Kiss," after all, was based on a Nantucket legend). The electric side was very much in the British fiddle-electric guitar folk-rock style pioneered by Fairport Convention, the most notable cuts being "The Ballad of Timothy Evans" and the eight-minute closer, "Van Diemen's Land." For its follow-up, 1976's Christy Moore, he used a wholly acoustic approach. Most of the songs were Moore's arrangements of traditional Irish and English tunes with a narrative bent, and though he went outside those boundaries for the closing cover of Woody Guthrie's "Sacco & Vanzetti," that number fit in well with the tone of the set. It's also of note for including an early composition by Christy's brother Barry Moore (aka Luka Bloom), the a cappella "Wake Up to the Shore." Both records weren't easy to find as LPs, but they were combined by Raven Records on a two-CD reissue.

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