Classic Irish Albums

Ralph Mclean provides insight into classic Irish albums, and looks at why Irish bands have had such massive international success.

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0101Van Morrison - Astral Weeks2007071320080111
20140415 (6M)
20150317 (6M)
20080112 (RU)

Ralph retraces the roots of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, and examines the magic involved in making a true Irish rock classic.

Ralph Mclean looks back at the magic involved in making Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

In a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster in 2008, Ralph Mclean looks back at the magic involved in making a true Irish rock classic, Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

Repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Ireland.

0102Rory Gallagher20150711

Ralph McLean explores the story behind one of rock's greatest live albums as the spotlight is turned on Rory Gallagher and Live in Europe 1972.

0102Rory Gallagher - Live In Europe 197220070720

Ralph Mclean explores the story behind one of rock's greatest ever live albums as the spotlight is turned on Rory Gallagher and Live In Europe 1972.

From his early days in blues rockers Taste to the album itself, Ralph traces the development of the greatest Irish guitarist ever.

0103The Joshua Tree20150718

Ralph McLean takes a look at the making of one of the greatest rock albums of all time, The Joshua Tree by U2.

0103U2 - The Joshua Tree2007030220070303
20070727 (RU)

Ralph Mclean takes a look at the making of one of the greatest rock albums of all time, The Joshua Tree by U2.

From With Or Without You to I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, band members and journalists reveal the secrets behind the songs that made the band international superstars.

010420150725

4/6. Ralph McLean heads back to the glory days of Britpop in the late 90s as he talks to Neil Hannon about his timeless release, Casanova.

0104The Divine Comedy - Casanova2007080320070804

Ralph Mclean heads back to the glory days of Britpop in the late 90s as he talks to Neil Hannon about his timeless release, Casanova.

From Frog Princess to Becoming More Like Alfie, Hannon reveals all about his greatest record.

0105The Undertones - The Undertones2007081020070811

Ralph Mclean traces the roots of punk combo the Undertones, and their self-titled debut album from 1979.

Featuring the stories behind modern standards like Get Over You, Here Comes The Summer and, of course, Teenage Kicks.

0106I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got20150829

0106I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got20150829

6/6. Ralph McLean provides insight into classic Irish albums. He looks at Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got, talks to Sinead, and hears from those closest to her.

0106I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got20150829

6/6. Ralph McLean provides insight into classic Irish albums. He looks at Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got, talks to Sinead, and hears from those closest to her.

0106 LASTSinead O'connor - I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got2007081720070818

Ralph looks at Sinead O'connor's I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got, talks to Sinead herself, and hears from those closest to her in the era of Nothing Compares 2 U and her brief fling with international fame and fortune.

02Thin Lizzy: Live And Dangerous20090808

02Thin Lizzy: Live And Dangerous2009080820150815 (RU)

Ralph McLean provides insight into classic Irish albums and tells the story of the 1978 album Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy.

0201Thin Lizzy: Live And Dangerous2009080820090810
20100515

Ralph Mclean tells the story of the album Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy.

Ralph Mclean provides insight into classic Irish albums and tells the story of the 1978 album Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy.

Ralph Mclean tells the story of the 1978 album Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy.

0202Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material2009081520090817

Ralph Mclean recalls Stiff Little Fingers' album Inflammable Material with the band's lead singer Jake Burns

0203Taste: On The Boards2009082220090824

Ralph Mclean recalls blues-rock trio Taste's 1960s album On the Boards.

0204David Holmes: Let's Get Killed *2009082920090831

From the Ormeau Road to Oceans 11, Ralph Mclean tells the story of Belfast dance DJ David Holmes and his classic album Let's Get Killed.

Ralph Mclean tells the story of Belfast dance DJ David Holmes' album Let's Get Killed.

0205Ash: 197720090905

0205Ash: 19772009090520150822 (RU)

Ralph McLean retraces the story of Ash's album 1977, a recording packed with hit singles that made the young Downpatrick trio rock superstars in 1996.

0205Ash: 19772009090520090907

Ralph Mclean retraces the story of Ash's album 1977.

Ralph Mclean retraces the story of Ash's album 1977, a recording packed with hit singles that made the young Downpatrick trio rock superstars in 1996.

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station20090912

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station2009091220150801 (RU)

Ralph McLean talks to Paul Brady about his acclaimed 1981 breakthrough album Hard Station, which saw the Strabane man move away from folk and into the musical mainstream.

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station2009091220150801 (RU)

Ralph McLean talks to Paul Brady about his acclaimed 1981 breakthrough album Hard Station, which saw the Strabane man move away from folk and into the musical mainstream.

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station20090912

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station2009091220150801 (RU)

Ralph McLean talks to Paul Brady about his acclaimed 1981 breakthrough album Hard Station, which saw the Strabane man move away from folk and into the musical mainstream.

0206Paul Brady - Hard Station2009091220090914

Ralph Mclean talks to Paul Brady about his acclaimed 1981 breakthrough album Hard Station.

Ralph Mclean talks to Paul Brady about his acclaimed 1981 breakthrough album Hard Station, which saw the Strabane man move away from folk and into the musical mainstream.