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“Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA” by The Dropkick Murphy’s

Artist: Dropkick Murphy’s
Title: “Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA”
Label: Born & Bred Records
Release Date: 3/16/2010
Genre: Celtic Punk
Rating: 4/5

I’m not sure how I missed out on these guys for as long as I did but fortunately at the recommendation of a close friend I looked into the band just in time to lend my thoughts to their latest studio release “The Meanest Of Times” which came out in a 2007 and became my introduction to a lively blend of Celtic music and boot stomping Punk called The Dropkick Murphy’s. I loved the album and was happy to find it eventually expanded to include a number of bonus tracks and a DVD with videos and live footage. “Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA” presents the band in the live sense and was recorded across the span of gigs that the group does annually for Saint Patrick’s Day and believe me this is one rousing release. How could it be any less with the band performing on home territory. It’s the second of such releases in the band’s catalog and while it does feature a number of songs from “The Meanest Of Times”, it also lends heavy attention to “The Warriors Code” and “Black Out”. By focusing on these last three albums and not repeating any tracks from the first live go round the band is able to deliver what amounts to be a live “best of” set from these three releases. That’s a great thing for the legacy listener since there is no duplication that finds them rolling their eyes and it’s the perfect jump on point for a newer fan like myself. It is without question that I will be looking into those other releases as soon as time allows me to do it. My only problem with the song selection was the omission of “Tomorrow’s Industry” from “The Meanest Of Times” but I am ok with that as they ended up using the time wisely and introduced me to many songs that I was a complete novice at. Who can complain under those circumstances?
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“The Meanest Of Times” (Deluxe) by Dropkick Murphys

Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Title: “The Meanest Of Times”
Label: Born & Bred Records
Release Date: 3/11/2008
Genre: Celtic Punk
Rating: 4/5

Begosh & Begorrah, tis Saint Paddy’s Day and The Dropkick Murphy’s have returned with a special edition of their hit album “The Meanest Of Times”. In celebration of the day and their Emerald Isle origins the CD is repackaged to have a little “Wearin’ O’ The Green” of its own and not only comes with five bonus tracks but also a DVD that is loaded with special extras. Given our thoughts for the original album haven’t changed we are lining out that copy once again to remind you and we will address the additions afterward. Read on me lads and lasses.
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“The Meanest Of Times” by The Dropkick Murphys

Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Title: “The Meanest Of Times”
Label: Born & Bred Records
Release Date: 9/18/2007
Genre: Celtic Punk
Rating: 3.5/5

Having more Metal blood running through my veins than that which is Punk associated sometimes finds me being out of touch with a band like The Dropkick Murphy’s but luckily I am a quick study and able to appreciate the likes of the music found on their sixth release “The Meanest Of Times”. The seven member group from Beantown (or Boston to those readers worldwide who have no idea what that means) have had a steady and loyal following for years but this was raised exponentially with their music appearing in the Martin Scorsese mob epic “The Departed”. Having your songs in an Academy Award winning motion picture would certainly allow a band to rest upon their laurels just a little bit but this would not be the case for the Murphy’s who instead deliver a scorching, boot stomping, raise your pints into the air bunch of tunes that talk about family life and friendship, as well as remaining loyal to ones roots and beliefs. The charge into Celtic Punker turf begins with “Famous For Nothing” and this one gets you started right as the double chorus and bagpipes sing to you about alcohol fueled memories. “God Willing” keeps the toes tapping and is quite honorable in its message about friendship as it quotes that the best laid plans can all change by tomorrow and how you never know when the last time you will see your friends might be. “God willing I will see you on the other side”, it sings and while a rather ominous notation it is one that seems to lean on us a little about appreciating those around us just in case.
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