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Horslips

- under construction-

From: Dublin

Active: 1970s

Style: Rock

Lineup (1972-80):


1973 UK tour poster


Bio:

Horslips were the most mainstream of the wave of Irish bands incorporating traditional influences in their music at the dawn of the 70s, and also the most successful. The band was formed in 1970 by Eamon Carr (drums), previously with Tara Telephone and one of the main instigators of the group's direction; Jim Lockhart (keyboards, flute) from Dublin with a strong traditional music background; Charles O'Connor (guitar, mandolin, fiddle), from Middlesborough, who worked in an advertising agency and had a strong interest in traditional music; 'Spud' Murphy (guitar) and Gene Mulvanney (bass). The group scored good early exposure as the resident group on the RTE TV series Fonn, playing electric arrangements of traditional Irish tunes. Declan Sinnott replaced Spud Murphy and Barry Devlin replaced Gene Mulvanney. This lineup recorded "Johnny's Wedding", the A-side of the debut single released on the band's own Oats label in March 1972. Sinnott had left by then, replaced by Gus Guest (ex Deep Set, who plays on the B-side) who in turn was replaced by the summer by Johnny Fean (ex ...), yielding the definitive lineup of the band. The final important part of the puzzle was manager Michael Feeney.

The band recorded their classic debut LP "Happy To Meet" in 1972 which is tinged with elements of late psychedelia and inspired by Sweeney's Men. The follow up was their earlty masterpiece "The Tain", which often draws (inadequate) comparisons to Jethro Tull. This had the early 70s progressive sound.



Bonus Material Guide

• The Tain Live (extended sequence) - live - My Father's Place, Long Island, NY 1974 - on HORSL04
• Lonely Hearts - live - My Father's Place, Long Island, NY 1974 - on HORSL09
• Mad Pat / Blindman - live - Quartier Latin, Berlin 1976 - on HORSL09
• The Rights Of Man - live - Quartier Latin, Berlin 1976 - on HORSL01
• Speed The Plough - live? - London 1978 - on HORSL08
• New York Wakes - studio? - Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia 1978 - on HORSL08
• King Of The Fairies - studio? - Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia 1978 - on HORSL09
• Lonliness - studio? - Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia 1978 - on HORSL06
• Daybreak - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Drive The Cold Winter Away - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Ride To Hell - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Sideways To The Sun - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Sword Of Light - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Dark - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1978 - on HORSL01*
• Homesick - live - The Bottom Line, New York, 1979 - on HORSL06
• Sure The Boy Was Green - live - The Bottom Line, New York 1979 - on HORSL08
• The Man Who Built America - live - Park West, Chicago, 1980 - on HORSL06
• Trouble (With A Capital T) - live - Park West, Chicago, 1980 - on HORSL01
• Horslips presents Horslips - studio - Fake Radio Interview - on HORSL06
*sequenced as one track


Discography

• Johnny's Wedding / Flower Among Them All
7" - Oats Records - MOO 1 - Ireland - 17 March 1972 - PS
An Oats Records release distributed by Release Records in Ireland.
Entered the Irish charts on the 25th of March for a 3 week period, peaking at #10


• Green Gravel / Fairy King
7" - Oats Records - MOO 2 - Ireland - August 1972 - PS
An Oats Records release distributed by Release Records in Ireland.
Entered the Irish charts on the 30th of August for 1 week, peaking at #20


• Happy To Meet - Sorry To Part
LP - Oats Records - MOO 3 (matrix STOAT LP-1) - IRL - December 1972 - shaped diecut gatefold cover, booklet
LP - RCA / Oats Records - MOO 3 - UK - April 1973 - shaped diecut gatefold cover, booklet
LP - Atlantic Records - ATL 50 019 - Germany - 1973 - shaped diecut gatefold cover, booklet
LP - Atlantic - ATL 50 019 - France - 1973 - shaped diecut gatefold cover, booklet
LP - Atco Records - SD 7030 - USA - August 1973 - shaped diecut gatefold cover, booklet
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 3 - IRL - 1977 - shaped gatefold cover
LP - Atlantic Records - ATL 20 019 (ST-C-732 883) - Germany - 1977 - single cover, "Historic Recordings" reissue
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20544 - UK - June 1978 - gatefold cover, bonus track
CD - Edsel - ??? - UK - 200?
Recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile at Longfield House, County Tipperary, Autumn (November?) 1972.
Produced by Alan O'Duffy

Notes: Sold 10,000 copies on release in Ireland according to Billboard. In April 1973 the band signed a distribution deal with RCA in the UK and (later) Atlantic in other territories. The 1973 issues in UK, France, Germany and the USA are the same as the original Irish version except the pictures on the first and last page of the booklet are different. "The High Reel" was added as a bonus track to the DJM re-issue in June 1978.



• The High Reel (mono) / The High Reel (stereo)
7" - Atco Records - 45-6935 - USA - 1972 - no PS, promo
Produced by Alan O'Duffy & Horslips
The label says (p) 1972 Atlantic but this 45 probaby dates for around the USA LP release in 1973


• The High Reel / Furniture
7" - Oats / RCA Records - OAT 1 - UK - 20 July 1973 - no PS, demos exist
7" - Atlantic Records - ATL 10 337 - Germany - 1973 - PS, promos exist
Non-LP A-side [until the 1978 reissue of the debut LP].
Produced by Alan O'Duffy & Horslips


• various artists - Heavies for August from Atlantic
LP - Atlantic Records - ??? - UK - 1973 - promo
tracks: Furniture / High Reel


• Dearg Doom / The High Reel
7" - Oats Records - MOO 4 - IRL - 30 April 1973 - PS
A taster for the then imminent second LP.


• Dearg Doom / The Shamrock Shore
7" - Oat Records - Oats2 - IRL - May 1973
7" - Oats / RCA Records - OAT 2 - UK - 19 October 1973
Entered the Irish charts on the 17th of May for a 7 week run, peaking at #8


• The Tain
LP - Oats Records - MOO 5 - IRL - September 1973 - foc, inner, poster
LP - RCA / Oats Records - MOO 5 - UK - 1973 - foc, inner, poster
LP - Atco Records - SD 7039 - USA - 1973 - foc, inner
LP - Atco Records - SD 7039 - NL - 1973 - foc, inner
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20543 - UK - 1978
CD - Homespun - MOO CD 5 - UK - 1989
CD - Horslips Records - HORSL04 - 2010
Recorded at Escape Studios & Manor Studios. Mixed at Olympic Studios. September, 1973.

Notes: The Tain is a concept album based on the ancient Irish legend of the Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley). "Dearg Doom" and "Faster Than The Hound" were performed (mimed) on The Old Grey Whistle Test.



• More Than You Can Chew / Faster Than the Hound
7" - Oats / RCA Records - OAT 3 - UK - April 1974 - no PS


• Dearg Doom / More Than You Can Chew
7" - Atlantic Records - ATL 10 436 - Germany - 1974? - PS


• King of the Fairies / Phil the Fluters Rag
7" - Oats Records - MOO 6 - IRL - 1 July 1974 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on the 1st of August for a 5 week run, peaking at #7


• Dancehall Sweethearts
LP - Oats Records - MOO 7 - IRL - July 1974
LP - RCA Records - APL 1-0709 - UK - 1974
LP - RCA Victor Records - CPL 1-0709 - USA - 1974
LP - RCA Records - PPL 1-0709 - Germany - 1974
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 7 - Ireland - 197?
CD - Horslips Records - HORSL09 - 2010
The 1980s cassette edition on Homespun/Outlet printed the mirror image of the front cover photo by mistake.
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales. Mixed at Kingsway Recorders, London. June, 1974.
Produced by Fritz Fryer
Brass arrangements courtesy of Ray Russell

Notes: Loosely based on the travels of the famed 18th century blind harper, Turlough O'Carolan (mainly side one). The cover shows a tired looking band.



• Nighttown Boy (edited version) / We Bring the Summer With Us
7" - RCA Records - PB-10123 - USA - 1974 - no PS
7" - RCA Records - PB-10123 - New Zealand - 1974 - no PS


• Nighttown Boy / We Bring The Summer With Us
7" - RCA Records - 2452 - UK - 1974 - promo, no PS
7" - RCA Records - 2452 - USA - 1974 - promo, no PS


• King of the Fairies / Sunburst
7" - RCA Victor - 2505 (APL1 0709) - UK - 24 January 1975 - no PS
Produced by Fritz Fryer.


•(If That's What You Want) That's What You Get Part 1 / Part 2
7" - RCA Victor - 2564 - UK - April 1975 - no PS
•(If That's What You Want) That's What You Get Part 1 / Snake's Farewell To The Emerald Isle
7" - RCA Victor - 2564 - UK - May 1975 - no PS
some confusion over B-sides here!


• The Unfortunate Cup Of Tea
LP - Oats Records - MOO 8 - IRL - 1975
LP - RCA Records - SF 8432 - UK - 1975
LP - RCA Records - SF 8432 - NL - 1975
LP - RCA Records - CPL 1-1068 - USA - 1975


At this point Horslips relationship with RCA ended. The Irish Oats label was also put to bed and a new imprint Horslips Records launched, which was licensed to DJM Records..

• Drive The Cold Winter Away
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 9 - IRL - 1975


• Horslips Live
2xLP - Horslips Records - MOO 10 - IRL - 1976 - foc
2xLP - Outlet Records - OASMOO 10 - UK - 1982 - foc


• Daybreak (Excerpt from a Celtic Symphony) / Oisin's Tune
7" - Horslips Records - MOO 11 - IRL - July 1976 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on the 29th of July for a 22 week run, peaking at #2


• The Book of Invasions - A Celtic Symphony
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 12 - IRL - 1976
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20498 - UK - 1976 - inner sleeve
LP - DJM Records - DJLPA-10 - USA - 1976 - inner sleeve
LP - DJM Records - DJM 2447 498 - Germany - 1976
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20498 - NL - April 1977 - inner sleeve
LP - Orlador Records - 71790 - Portugal - 1977 - club edition, diff PS, blue label
LP - DJM Records - DJM 22106 - UK - March 1982
CD - Homespun Records - MOO CD 12 - UK - 1989
CD - Horslips Records - HORSL01 - 2010
Produced by Alan O'Duffy and Horslips

Notes: The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony is a concept album based on an ancient Irish legends as described in Lebor Gabala Erenn, a book of Irish mythology. The album is divided into three movements: "Geantrai" (side one), "Goltrai" (B1-B3) and "Suantrai" (B4-B6). This was the only Horslips album to enter the UK Top 40, peaking at #39.



• Warm Sweet Breath Of Love / King Of Morning Queen Of Day
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10754 - UK - 1976 - promo, PS
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10754 - UK - 1976 - stock, no PS


Warm Sweet Breath Of Love (mono) / Warm Sweet Breath of Love (stereo)
7" - DJM Records - DJUS 1026 - USA - 1976 - promo only, no PS


• Trouble (With a Capital T) (edit) / Trouble (With a Capital T)
7" - DJM Records - DJUS 1032 - USA - 1976 - promo only, no PS


• Power and the Glory / Sir Festus Burke
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10792 - UK - July 1977 - green vinyl, autographed green diecut bag
7" - DJM Records - 2043 013 - German - 1977 - PS
15000 copies were pressed on green vinyl after which it switched to black [source: Billboard 25/6/77]


• Sure the Boy Was Green / Exiles
7" - DJM Records - DJUS 1036 - USA - 1977 - green vinyl, promo insert, no PS
7" - DJM Records - DJUS 1036 - USA - 1977 - black vinyl, no PS


• Power & the Glory
7" - DJM Records - P-50 - Spain - 1977 - 1-sided promo, PS


• Tracks From the Vaults
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 13 - IRL - 1977 - inner
later pressings with red label


• Aliens
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 14 - IRL - 1977
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20519 - UK - October 1977 - inner sleeve
LP - DJM Records - DJLPA-16 - USA - 1977 - inner sleeve
LP - Atlantic - K 64202 - Germany - 1977
LP - DJM/Festival Records - L 36621 - Australia - 1977 - gatefold sleeve
LP - DJM Records - DJM 22107 - UK - March 1982
CD - Horslips Records - HORSL08 - 2010


• Exiles / Speed the Plough
7" - Horslips Records - MOO 15 - IRL - November 1977 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on the 24th of November for a 7 week run, peaking at #9


• New York Wakes / Ghosts
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10820 - UK - November 1977 - no PS, unreleased


• Sure the Boy Was Green / Exiles
7" - DJM Records - DJUS K7127 - Australia - 1977 - no PS


• Before The Storm / ?
7" - DJM Records - DJO 612 - Spain - 1978 - promo, PS


• Speed the Plough / Bridge from Heart to Heart // Red River Rock (Live)
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10859 - UK - May 1978 - autographed sleeve


• Tour-A-Loor-A-Loor-A-Loor-A EP
7" - Horslips Records - MOO 16 - IRL - September 1978 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on the 21st of September for a 3 week run, peaking at #9
Live EP


• The Man Who Built America
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 17 - IRL - 1978 - inner, sticker on cover, limited edition blue vinyl
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 17 - IRL - 1978 - inner
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20546 - UK - December 1978 - diff PS, inner
LP - DJM Records - DJLPA-20 - USA - January 1979 - UK PS design
LP - DJM Records - DJF 20546 - NL - January 1979 - UK PS design
LP - DJM Records - DJM 0064.215 - Germany - January 1979 - UK PS design, insert
LP - DJM/CBS-Sony Records - 25AP1393 - Japan - 1979 - UK PS design, promo, inner sleeve, insert, obi
LP - DJM Records - DJM 22108 - UK - March 1982 - UK PS design
LP - MaG Records - LPN2582 - Peru - 1982
CD - Horslips Records - HORSL06 - 2010


• Loneliness / Homesick
7" - DJM/CBS-Sony Records - 06SP319 - Japan - 1979 - PS, promo


• The Man Who Built America / Long Weekend
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10888 - UK - February 1979 - yellow vinyl, PS
7" - DJM - 0034.204 - Germany - 1979 - PS, beige label
7" - DJM Records - K7427 - Australia - 1979 - no PS
7" - DJM/Zafiro Records - DJO-620 - Spain - 1979 - PS, promo


• Loneliness / Homesick
7" - DJM Records - DJS 10916 - UK - May 1979 - PS?
7" - DJM Records - DJMS 1105 - USA - 1979 - no PS
7" - DJM Records - DJO-624 - Spain - 1979 - promo, PS
12" - DJM Records - DJT 15001 - UK - May 1979 - green vinyl shamrock shaped disc in PVC cover


• Loneliness / Loneliness
12" - DJM Records - DJMS 1105 - USA - 1979 - promo only green vinyl shamrock shaped disc in PVC cover
note: same catalogue number as stock issue.

• Horslips Presents Horslips
12" - DJM/Phonogram - MK-76 - USA - promo only, black DJM label, PS
matrix: MK76-A1 MASTERDISK BK


• Short Stories Tall Tales
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 19 - IRL - 1979
LP - Mercury Records - SRM-1-3809 - USA - 1979
LP - Mercury Records - 9111-059 - Germany - 1979
LP - Mercury Records - 9100-070 - UK - 1980


• Rescue Me / Rescue Me
7" - Mercury Records - 76030 (6167 882) - USA - 1979 - no PS


• Guests of the Nation / When Night Comes
7" - Horslips Records - MOO 18 - IRL - October 1979 - PS
Entered the Irish charts on the 21st of October for a 6 week run, peaking at #8


• The Belfast Gigs
LP - Horslips Records - MOO 20 - IRL - 1980
LP - Mercury Records - SRM-1-3842 - USA - August 1980 - promo copies exist
LP - Mercury Records - 6337-106 - Germany - 1980


• Shakin' all Over / Shakin' all Over
7" - Mercury Records - 76072 [2-56089] (6167 982) - USA - 1980 - no PS
12" - Mercury Records - MK 147 - USA - 1980 - promo, PS
Taken from 'The Belfast Gigs' LP.


• Shakin' All Over / Sword of Light
7" - Horslips Records - MOO 21 - IRL - 1980 - PS


• Rollback
2xCD - Horslips Records - MOO 23 - 2004
2xCD - Horslips Records - HORSL03 - 2010
"Horslips Unplugged". The second disc is an enhanced CD.


• Return of the Dancehall Sweethearts
2xDVD - Horslips - MOO 26 - IRL - November 2005 - box set with booklet
2xDVD - Horslips - HORSL02 - IRL - 2010

Notes: The first disc contains a documentary about the band made by Maurice Linnane. The second disc contains promo videos, TV appearances and live footage of the band in their heyday.



Compilations

• Horslips Collection
LP - K-Tel Records - KLP70 - IRL - 1981
CD - K-Tel Records - 6270 - IRL - 1997


• Traditional Irish Rock Music: The Best Of Horslips
LP/K7 - Outlet Archive - OASMOO 21 - UK - July 1982


• Horslips History Vol 1: 1972 - 1975
LP - Spartan - DATLP 001 - UK - 1983


• Horslips History Vol 2: 1976 - 1980
LP - Spartan - DATLP 002 - UK - 1983


• Folk Collection
LP - Stoic Records - STILP 1001 - IRL - 1984
side one:
The Silver Spear
Dance To Yer Daddy
Oisin's Tune
Bim Istigh Ag Ol
The Piper In The Meadow Straying
An Bratach Ban
side two
The High Reel
The Shamrock Shore
Drive The Cold Winter Away
Phil The Fluters Rag
The Snow That Melts The Soonest
Fantasia


• Straight From The Horse's Mouth: The Horslips Story
LP/K7/CD - Homespun - DHX802 - 1989


• Celtic Rock Volume 1
CD - Outlet Records - ??? - 1997


• Celtic Rock Volume 2
CD - Outlet Records - ??? - 1997


• Greatest Hits
CD - Celtic Collections - CCCD145 - IRL - 1999


• Treasury: The Very Best Of Horslips
2xCD - Horslips Records - HORSL07 - IRL - 2020



Related:

Lipstick - Come Back Beatles / The Fab Four-Four
7" - Polydor Records - 2058 725 - UK - 21 April 1976
Released on the 21 April 1976 to tie in with the re-release by EMI of all The Beatles singles. Not released in Ireland.





See also: Barry Devlin, The Host, Jeremiah Henry, Jim Lockhart, Declan Sinnott, Tara Telephone, Zen Alligators

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