When first released in 1963, In Person at Carnegie Hall did a great deal to spread awareness of Irish traditional folk in the US, even reaching No. 60 on the pop charts.
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When first released in 1963, In Person at Carnegie Hall did a great deal to spread awareness of Irish traditional folk in the US, even reaching No. 60 on the pop charts. That LP, however, contained just 38 minutes of a nearly two-hour performance. This expanded two-CD edition has all of it, as well as two songs (with noted session men Bruce Langhorne and Bill Lee helping out on guitar and bass, respectively) that were actually recorded at a different 1962 concert, though they were included on the original album. That makes room not only for 18 more songs, but also a wealth of between-song joking and banter that likewise didn’t make the 1963 LP. If your taste for Irish music runs to the occasional pleasure, this package might be too much of a good thing, with the rousing vocals constantly punctuated by exhortatory yelps. Still, the alternation between a cappella arrangements and numbers backed by guitar, banjo and tin whistle ensures some variety, as does the inclusion of some earnest ballads amidst the rowdier pieces.