Chief Chieftain Paddy Moloney expressly programmed this celebration of the legendary Irish traditional group's 40th anniversary—its 39th album overall—to represent both the band's histor

Chief Chieftain Paddy Moloney expressly programmed this celebration of the legendary Irish traditional group's 40th anniversary—its 39th album overall—to represent both the band's history and its typical concert repertoire. With a superstar guest line-up, though, this is indeed a dream concert. Beautifully sequenced, the set commences with a 1991 Belfast concert recording of "March of the King of Laois." The wondrous version of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" (with Ricky Skaggs) that follows shows the kinship between country and Celtic—not to mention the Chieftains' inclination to incorporate all kinds of music into their vision. To this end, the disc—which also showcases stellar collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Sting, and the Rolling Stones, among others—concludes with vocal input by Ziggy Marley on his father's reggae classic, "Redemption Song," one of three new recordings on the set.—JB

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