SBK/EMI chose to herald their signing of this highly touted band by releasing a five-song EP, four of whose songs turned up on the full-length album Fire Of Freedom only four months later. (The exception, completists note, is "Our Lady Of The Bronx.") But that was enough to let those who hadn't yet heard the news discover that songwriter Larry Kirwan had a unique lyrical perspective embracing his Irish expatriate past with self-deprecatory humor as well as political fervor. (In "Funky Ceili," he winningly sang to a woman he ...

Black 47 [EP] 1992, Capitol

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