TONY CHRISTIE & RANAGRI - The Great Irish Songbook • SACD (2ch)

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Tony Christie - Is This the Way to Amarillo? 

No! This time he’s wending his way to Dublin, Limerick, Tullamore and Carrickfergus. 44 years after the release of his million-selling hit “Amarillo”, Tony Christie rounds off his long career with a nostalgic trip to his family’s Irish roots – and has produced an Irish folk album of the very highest musical and audio quality. For this project he was able to acquire the services of the band “Ranagri”, who have worked with such international luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder and Ennio Morricone.

12 of the most beautiful Irish folk classics including for instance „Wild Mountain Thyme“ and „Carrickfergus“, were recorded by Christie and the band in the grammy-nominated Stockfisch Studio in Northeim, where producer Günter Pauler has earned an international reputation for the unusually high sound-quality of his work.

This album is not an idiosyncratic whim dreamed up over a few “jars” at the local pub, but brings to light an aspect of Tony Christie the artist (real name: Anthony Fitzgerald) which many won’t have expected. The songs have profited immensely from the contemporary arrangements, making the “golden oldies” shine with a new brilliance.

Various successful albums tipped the vote away from naming the production „Simply in Love with Irish Music“ or alternatively „Made in Northeim“. Quite deservedly, this album has been called „The Great Irish Songbook” – the current album of the „Great Irish Singer“ Tony Christie.

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