Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark
Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark

Mary Black - By The Time It Gets Dark

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Mary Black, vocals
Noel Bridgeman, conga, claves
Pat Crowley, synthesizer, piano, Accordion, backing vocals
Garvan Gallagher, bass, double bass
Carl Geraghty, soprano saxophone
Honor Hefferncur, backing vocals
Caroline LaVelle, cello
Mandy Murphy, backing vocals
Una Ni Chuioius, cello
John Sheehan, violin
Declan Sinnott, synthesizer, guitar, vocals

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Dara

Produced by Declan Sinnott 

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1987

Reissued in 2017


Tracks:

Side A :

1. By The Time It Gets Dark
2. Schooldays Over
3. Once In A Very Blue Moon
4. Farewell Farewell
5. Sparks Might Fly

Side B :

1 Katie
2. Leaving The Land
3. There Is A Time
4. Jamie
5. Leaboy's Lassie
6. Trying To Get The Balance Right
 



Reviews
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« You'll find Mary Black albums in the "Irish" section of most record stores, but that's more because of her musical pedigree than because of anything she's recorded since 1990. The former vocalist for Irish folk group De Dannan, she has since gone on to great success in her native land as a solo artist specializing in gentle pop music with folk inflections. Lighter than June Tabor but heavier than Enya, Black has staked out a territory of her own somewhere between the slick excesses of Clannad and the nuevo-retro American singer/songwriter resurgence. Her voice is simply one of the loveliest in the world -- imagine Linda Thompson at her achingly bell-toned, crystalline best, and that's Mary Black at her average. Her best can leave you in tears. By the Time It Gets Dark is typical, which is to say that it's predominantly wonderful and also includes one or two glaring errors of musical judgment. With the help of guitarist and producer Declan Sinnott, she delivers a number of gorgeous ballads recorded with a bare minimum of accompaniment; this approach has always proved most effective for her, and when brought to bear on such sterling material as Richard Thompson's "Farewell, Farewell" or the traditional Scottish gem "Leaboy's Lassie," the effect is quietly devastating. "Once in a Very Blue Moon" and "Sparks Might Fly" are downright maudlin (she has an unfortunate weakness for Broadway-style schlock sometimes), and it's anyone's call as to the necessity of another version of "Moon River." But so much of this material is transcendentally lovely that the whole disc can confidently be recommended. » AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson



Ratings
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AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4.07 / 5 ,

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