Various Artists

The Greatest Songs Ever: Ireland [2004]

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Time-Life's 15-track Greatest Songs Ever: Ireland collection makes the assumption that the country's cream of the crop arrived between 1995 and 2005. Purists would most definitely disagree, as Irish music's late-'60s and early-'70s heyday were populated by some of the genre's most timeless figures (Clancy Brothers, Dubliners, Planxty). Taken as an overview of contemporary Celtic pieces, the compilation stands on firmer ground, displaying the talents of some of the island's finest modern practitioners such as Patrick Street, Altan, Lúnasa, and Danu.

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