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April 1, 2011 / rockroots

The Brandy of the Damned: Ireland’s Rock Odyssey, Vol. I



A collection of obscure and not-so-obscure rhythm ‘n’ blues and beat gems recorded by Irish groups in the period 1964-1967. Irish blues rock began simultaneously in Dublin with Bluesville and in Belfast with groups like Them, The Wheels and The Alleykatz. Hot on their heals were Dublin bands The Greenbeats, The ChessmenThe Stellas, The KingbeesThe Strangers and The Hootenannys, later The Creatures, each of whom would eventually move on from their R’n’B roots in the face of limited opportunities. Belfast offered groups like The Mad Lads, The People, Just Five and The Luvin’ Kind a vibrant club scene where they thrived for a short time, while The Belfast Gypsies found some success in continental Europe. Only a few of these bands had chart hits, but the records they made laid the foundations for decades of rock music in Ireland. There’ll hopefully be lots more volumes bringing the story up to the beginnings of the Irish rock music boom of the 1980s.


The Brandy of the Damned: Ireland’s Rock Odyssey, Vol. I:

01  Bluesville featuring Ian Whitcomb – Dance Again
02  The Alleykatz – Chicago Calling
03  The Kingbees – I’m A Kingbee
04  The Belfast Gypsies – Midnight Train
05  Them – Mystic Eyes
06  The Belfast Gypsies – Boom Boom
07  The Wheels – Send Me Your Pillow
08  The Mad Lads – Little Queenie
09  The Alleykatz – The Friendly Undertaker
10  Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville – You Turn Me On (Turn On Song)
11  Them – Baby Please Don’t Go
12  The Creatures – Turn Out The Light
13  The People – I’m With You
14  The Stellas – Wooly Bully
15  The Chessmen – The Fightin’
16  The Greenbeats – So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
17  The People – Well… All Right
18  The Hootenannys – 6.10 Special
19  The Greenbeats – You Must Be The One
20  The Creatures – Someone Needs You
21  The Strangers – Mary Mary
22  Just Five – Well Don’t That Beat Them All
23  The Luvin’ Kind – It’s A Cruel World
24  Bluesville featuring Ian Whitcomb – I’ll Go Crazy




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  1. jose kortozirkuito / Jul 13 2012 11:52

    I did not know this site, and I was surprised their quality.
    He was looking for info for my blog on “Orange machine”.
    This collection is dae 13 volumes, it seems very good, and have recommended to my blog:
    Greetings from Spain

    • rockroots / Jul 13 2012 23:42

      Muchas gracias Jose – I really like your blog too!

  2. rockroots / Apr 25 2013 12:20
  3. Javier / Jun 4 2016 22:21

    Just found this page, THANK YOU!!! The Greenbeats – So Sad brought me here, KILLER tracks!!! –
    Long Beach, California

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