Another outstanding collection of recordings reissued for the first time from 78rpm records originally released in the US during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s--one of the recordings is actually from a post-WWII release.. Like on vol. 1, many of the "big names" are represented, Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, John McKenna, P.J. Conlon, etc, but even sides by lesser known artists and ensembles are of great quality musically, which can be fully appreciated thanks to the excellent remastering work by the producers. Once again, the latter didn't hesitate to include a few recordings which were made acoustically, i.e., before the introduction of the microphone (1925), but the difference in fidelity with the other tracks, while noticeable, is easily overlooked given the interest and rarity of the recordings in question. The liner notes provide much information on the performers and the history of Irish music on early recordings.

Rating: ****

Price: $19.99Recommended
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1. Edward Meehan's Rosaleen Orchestra: Ballyneety / The Piper's Delight
2. Eddie Herborn: the Morning Fair
3. Joe Maguire's Pride of Erin Orchestra: The Maid of Mt Kisco
4. Flanagan Brothers: Contrary Reel
5. Paddy Killoran: If There Wasn't Any Women in the World
6. Frank Quinn: The Old Swallow Reel
7.Flanagan Brothers: Flanagans at Dinty Moore's
8. Paddy Killoran: The Humors of Ballinafad / McPaddin's Favorite
9. O'Leary's Irish Minstrels: Larry O'Gaff / Strop the Razor
10. Michael Coleman: Prohibition Reel
11. Four Provinces Orchestra: Sunshine
12. John McKenna: Roscommon Reels
13. Edward Meehan's Rosaleen Orchestra: Streams of Poolaphuca
14. James Morrison: Noon Day Feast / Rambles with Rory
15. William Quinn & His Dublin Orchestra: Flogging Reel
16. Sullivan's Shamrock Band: Rory O'More / Bridal Jig
17. Paddy Killoran: Morning Dew / Colleen Bawn
18. Tom Morrison & John Reynolds: Kregg's Pipes / The Boys from Mayo
19. P.J. Conlon: Tuam Reel / The Salamanca
20. Irish Big Four: Cuckoo's Nest / Down the Meadow
21. Michael Gallagher: Moran's Hornpipes
22. Frank Quinn: Kate Muldoon
23. Paddy Killoran & Paddy Sweeney: Decca Polka / Jim Ryan's Fancy
See also:
OldTime Records Vol. 1