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Christy Moore: Ordinary Man

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  • Side One
    1. Sweet Music Roll On (Graham Lyle & Tom McGuinness)
    2. Delirium Tremens (Christy Moore)
    3. Ordinary Man (Peter Hames)
    4. Matty (Johnny Mulhearn)
    5. The Reel in the Flickering Light (Colm Gallagher)
    6. The Diamondtina Drover (Hugh McDonald)
  • Side Two
    1. Blantyre Explosion (Trad./Arr. McGlynn, Moore & Lunny)
    2. Hard Cases (Johnny Mulhearn)
    3. Continental Céilí (Johnny Mulhearn & Christy Moore)
    4. St. Brendan's Voyage (Christy Moore)
    5. They Never Came Home (Christy Moore) [1]
    6. Quiet Desperation (Floyd Westerman)

  • Musicians
    • Christy Moore: vocals, guitars
    • Dónal Lunny: various keyboards, bodhràn, guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals
    • Arty McGlyn: guitars, pedal steel
    • Enya Ní Bhraonáin: vocals
    • Liam Óg O'Flynn: uilleann pipes, whistle
    • Andy Irvine: mandolin
    • Nollaig Bridgeman: accordeon
    • Noel Eccles: percussion, chimes
    • Tony Molloy: bass
    • Nicky Ryan: vocals
  • Credits
    • Producer: Dónal Lunny
    • Recorded at Aigle Studio, Dublin
    • Engineers Philip Begley and Nicky Ryan.
    • Arrangements by Dónal Lunny and Christy Moore assisted by Arty McGlynn, Andy Irvine, Enya Ni Bhraonain and Noel Bridgeman.
    • Sleeve Design: Mattie Fox

My gratitude to Dónal Lunny for the tender loving care he gave to this album and for his inspiration and encouragement in all things at all times.

Christy Moore, June 1985


  • Notes
    • I have four versions (releases) of this album.
      • The original release (WEA 0706) contains "The Never Came Home", a song about a fire at the Stardust nightclub.
      • The song was pulled due to a threatened lawsuit — apparently, because of the reference to padlocked fire exits.
      • The Stardust Song was replaced with "Another Song is Born" on all subsequent releases.
    • I purchased two versions of this album (one in Dublin — 0763 and one in Belfast — 0706) within days of each other.
      • The version I have of the altered release (WEA 0763) has stickers (listing the new song) over the track listing on the back cover and the lyric sheet insert.

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  • Alternate Releases
    • Ordinary Man: 1985 - WEA 0763 LP
      1. Altered release - "They Never Came Home" (The Stardust Song) is replaced with "Another Song is Born" on this and all subsequent releases.
    • Ordinary Man: 1985 - Green Linet SIF 3301 LP
      • USA release — This American LP release on the Green Linnet label is the same as WEA 0763 — track listing, cover design, etc.
    • Ordinary Man: 1986 - Demon FIEND 82 LP
      • The (above) version is an English release on the "Demon" label.
      • The front and back covers are completely different, but the inside record sleeve is of the same design as the previous records.
        • Photography: Derek Speirs/Report
        • Sleeve Design: Michael Krage
    • Ordinary Man: 1986 - 240763-2 CD
    • Ordinary Man: 1996 - WEA 2292-40763-2 CD
    • Time Has Come/Ordinary Man: 2008 - Atlantic/WEA 5046-67267-2 CD (Double Pack)