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Michael O'Shea - Michael O'Shea Album

Michael O'Shea - Michael O'Shea Album
Performer: Michael O'Shea
Genre: Folk
Title: Michael O'Shea
MP3 album size: 1741 mb
FLAC album size: 1538 mb
Style: Experimental
Country: Ireland
Released: 25 Jan 2019
Catalog number: ACMOSLPx1
Label: Allchival


1No Journeys End15:26
4Guitar No.1
Guitar – Michael O'Shea
5Anfa Dásachtach4:36


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
DOM 33.2Michael O'Shea Michael O'Shea ‎(LP, Album)Dome Records DOM 33.2UK1982
ACMOSLPx1Michael O'Shea Michael O'Shea ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, Cle)AllchivalACMOSLPx1Ireland2019
ACMOSCDx1Michael O'Shea Michael O'Shea ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)AllchivalACMOSCDx1Ireland2019
DOM 33.2Michael O'Shea Michael O'Shea ‎(LP, Album, TP)Dome Records DOM 33.2UK1982


  • DesignAidan Moore
  • EngineerEric Radcliffe, John Fryer
  • Liner NotesFailed Bohemian
  • Performer [Mó Cará], Liner NotesMichael O'Shea
  • Photography [Cover Photo] – Edward Graham Lewis
  • ProducerB. C. Gilbert, G. Lewis
  • Reissue ProducerOlan
  • Remastered ByRC


Remastered and reissued with the approval of both Dome and surviving siblings.
Printed inner sleeve with new liner notes written in 2018. Original 1982 liner notes featured on rear cover.


  • Barcode (Scanned): 7115834807206
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped): 23249 1A ACMOSLPX1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): 23249 1B ACMOSLPX1
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Sides, Etched): RC


  • Recorded At – Blackwing Studios
  • Remastered At – Optimum Mastering


While the first copy of this that I bought had a pressing flaw, the replacement copy sounds flawless on both sides. Perhaps complaints regarding the sound quality on side 2 come from not knowing what the "Dome sound" is like? The tracks on side 2 are definitely more heavily Dome-ified than those on side 1, but the perceived loss of fidelity is just down to Gilbert & Lewis' murky production which can be heard on Dome's LPs as well as the Desmond Simmons album they put out (also in need of a reissue, IMO).
Like one or two others here, I was very disappointed with the sound quality on Side 2. I have cleaned the vinyl (despite it not being dusty etc - I bought it sealed) but that had no affect on the sound. It appears to be a pressing issue?. If so, it's disappointing that it passed Q.C.. Congrats though on the superb sleeve notes, by the Failed Bohemian.
I'm sad to hear that folks are still having audio issues here. So I guess we've still not gotten to the bottom of the issue. It would be good to do that. As is stated in the comment above, the second side is a rather different sound field to side one, having been more heavily treated by the producers Bruce Gilbert & Graham Lewis. It's 'thicker' and deliberately murkier.....
I’m just reading my original (positive) review from 1982, where I comment on what should be the correct "Gaelic" for "my friend". Unfortunately the original error has been reprinted on this new sleeve. The correct Irish is "mo chara" and not "mó cará" which is meaningless.
i remember In Dublin well. i should be more vigilant. i knew the name was familiar, but wasn't quite sure why. the reason you got the call for the documentary was because he got a copy of the review, that i had copied from the national library's stocks of In Dublin over two decades ago. it's still in there. i was ferreting through it again a couple of years back. folks don't remember that there was a fair quotient of music coverage.......
It was a magazine called "In Dublin", now long-defunct. What surprises me is I no longer own the review copy. I suspect the Editor commandeered it.
p.s. We had the same deliberations when the album was put on ceedee at the start of the century!
Wow. Which magazine did you write for? I know the man who would have contacted you. Yes, that documentary should see a broadcast in the near future.
Yes, I can understand that. People who don’t understand Irish have a great habit of adding accents everywhere they don’t belong, even on consonants.
Hi. In 1982, I was a critic, mainly on folk music, for a magazine. One of my reviews was for Michael O Shea. As it was nearly 40 years ago, I’d completely forgotten it until last week, when I was contacted by RTÉ and asked to read it for a new documentary on him and presumably the LP. So yes, it was something that I wrote.
p.s. When you say review, is it something you wrote, or a clipping? I must say I'm curious. The period writings that are known of are so few...... His 'normal' performing career was decidedly brief.
There were deliberations over this. (I'm the sleeve note writer) I've always been mystified as the original note was written by an Irish man, who, even if he left school early - he'd still have known the spelling. It might have been a typo. The label decided to maintain fidelity with the original note of Michael's, just in case he deliberately misspelled I guess......
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One the most beautiful music ever heard. The reissue is very nice: interesting liner notes and good pressing quality.
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An amazing album, beautifully presented with informative sleeve notes and photos however.... for some reason the sound quality on side B is distinctly muffled compared to the CD version of the same tracks (WNO 2001) It sounds the same on the bandcamp page too so doesn't appear to be a defect in my copy.
Nice release in terms of packaging, with a printed inner full of notes, and sound in general (just some clics here and there). But I have to report that Voices theme sounds almost terrible to me: maybe it’s intended or it is due to the bad live recording, but this particular song is full of reverb and noise up in the front for its main part, like a disturbing echo of electricity, leaving the drums in the back, barely audible. I don’t have the original pressing so I can’t state any conclusion, but what it’s sure is that is not my copy, as the mp3 that I was gifted with sounds exactly in the same way (well, much bad indeed, per compression). Have anyone else detected this? If there is someone that possess the original LP, I’d appreciate his or her comments even more. Thanks!
Hi John, and congratulations for your work on the sleeve’s notes.I meant the percussion work when referring to “drums”, sorry for the confussion. Clicks are less important for me than that reverberation I was talking about. I gave the vinyl a clean and listen to it again yesterday but it was still there, as it must be part of the recording process. I could live with it and appreciate the quality music on the other songs, but it is far from being perfectly captured on the recording from my perspective, above all in this particular song.BR.
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Hi Doelector,I don't recall clicks on the test, must check the issued record, altho' it should theoretically be indentical...... I'll flag this with the label. I'm the sleeve-note writer. There aren't any drums anywhere on the album, I guess you'd be referring to the naturally percussive work of Mike's chopsticks. The original is pretty wild sonically anyway too; I guess MOS is much in parts like a dub record..... There were two passes at mastering from two different originals, the masters being long lost to history........Many ThanksJohn
Thats the sound on the original LP yes! . .
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