Exposé Online banner

Horslips — Roll Back
(Horslips Records MOO23, 2006, CD+VCD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Roll Back Cover artIt was a sad day in 1980 when I read in Melody Maker that Horslips were calling it a day. The premier Irish folk-rock band had survived a decade without a single personnel change, gone through numerous ups and downs, but ultimately it was their expectations of greater popularity outside of their homeland that did them in. Then came a two-decade battle with record companies and publishers for the rights to their music. The problems were finally sorted out, and a reunion of sorts happened at an exhibition of Horslips memorabilia in 2004. That four-song acoustic performance is captured on the second disc of this deluxe boxed set (both audio and video). Encouraged by the response, the five members decided to go back in the studio and rework some of their old songs and add a few new ones while they were at it. The result can be heard on the first disc of Roll Back, fifteen songs, including acoustic reworkings of a number of their classics like "Mad Pat," "Trouble with a Capital T," "Faster Than the Hound," "The Power and the Glory," and others. The tasteful rearrangements generally take these pieces into entirely new directions from their original incarnations, especially later period tunes like "Guests of the Nation" and "The Man Who Built America"; interspersed among these are a few new tunes, mostly instrumentals. The band now gigs occasionally, and hopefully they'll find time to write some new material and record again soon.

Filed under: Archives, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Horslips

More info
http://www.horslips.ie

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Glass Hammer - The Inconsolable Secret – One could arguably claim that this release finds American prog band Glass Hammer at the top of their game, which probably explains the scope of this effort. First of all, it s a two-disk set in a...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues