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Beyond The Tears (European Import)

by Barry Mc Cabe

I hope this CD sounds like a collection of my favourite music - Peter Green, Dave Edmunds, Eric Clapton, Free, Rory Gallagher, '70's rock. Special guests - MARK FELTHAM (Rory Gallagher Band), JOHNNY FEAN (Horslips) & PAT McMANUS (Mama's Boys) : Barry McCabe :
Genre: Rock: British Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Johnny Nobody
3:31 $0.79
2. In The Dead Of Night
5:44 $0.79
3. Crazy Love
5:16 $0.79
4. Catch Me If You Can
3:18 $0.79
5. Trouble
6:24 $0.79
6. Arthur (dedicated to Arthur Conley)
2:54 $0.79
7. I Wonder
5:04 $0.79
8. Rollin'
4:25 $0.79
9. Lonely Road
5:58 $0.79
10. Bye Bye Johnny - Be Good
5:03 $0.79
11. The Sunset Waltz
2:45 $0.79
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Album Notes
Barry McCabe’s newest offering Beyond the Tears once again treats us to his knack for pulling wildly diverse musical influences into a cohesive work of art. The blues guitar we’ve come to expect is there, as is the Celtic folk element that surfaced most noticeably in The Peace Within. But the new disc adds subtle shadings of other genres as well; there’s much more to Barry’s music than his love for blues and his Irish roots.

Beyond the Tears is in the tradition of what we used to call a "concept album" back in the ’70s. The theme woven around the songs here is that of the quintessential misunderstood outsider, personified by "Johnny"; he is, as Barry explains in the liner notes, "the part of society and ourselves we’d rather not know about." There’s plenty said within this set of songs about the travails of life and about how prone anyone can be to downheartedness under the right circumstances. But overall it’s a positive theme, urging us to look beyond the immediate happenings and come out the other side better and stronger.

The disc kicks off with a classic Chuck Berry riff on the Dave Edmunds-style number, "Johnny Nobody" It’s hard to imagine anyone else being able to bring off a rocker like this while incorporating lyrics that deal with serious philosophical issues like the power of positive/negative thinking on one’s reality, but Barry handles it in understated style without ever sounding pretentious or preachy about it.

Strong Peter Green influences are evident on "In the Dead of Night" as well as "Trouble" and both are good solid tracks with moody guitar riffs that stick in the brain long after the disc has stopped. The Celtic factor comes to the front on the instrumentals "Catch Me If You Can" "Arthur" (my personal favorite) and "The Sunset Waltz". There’s only one cover tune this time around (Van Morrison’s "Crazy Love") which fits in surprisingly well with the rest of the tracks as well as giving us the opportunity to notice that Barry’s not just another guitarist - he can pull off beautiful vocals too.

The remaining tracks are more straightforward accessible rock that will likely appeal to a broad range of listeners. "Rollin’" picks up the pace on the second half of the disc; it's a freight train of a song reminiscent of some of Rory Gallagher’s high-energy numbers like "Just Hit Town" And if the radio industry ever develops aesthetic sensibilities, the Claptonesque "I Wonder" will be all over the airwaves.

One commendable thing about Barry McCabe is that even though he’s clearly a masterful solo musician, he appreciates the nuances of ensemble playing. He's assembled a congenial group of musician friends and acquaintances to work with him on this recording, most of whom just happen to have a solid pedigree with one band or another (in this instance, Pat McManus, Horslips’ Johnny Fean, and Mark Feltham from Rory Gallagher’s band). This is in stark contrast to most solo guitarists whose egos take over the show in long, self-indulgent leads while other musicians are on the recording merely for back-up or window-dressing. You’ll hear excellent guitar solos on Barry’s discs, but they’re always tasteful and appropriate for the context; the songs are never just a showcase for his licks.

Overall, Beyond the Tears is a fine effort from an extremely dedicated and talented musician. Listeners who appreciate solid guitar work, subtly introspective lyrics, and an eclectic blend of musical styles should enjoy this disc.
Pat Miller - Gatewood Journal - USA
A few comments from:
Steve Iredale
U2’s production manager – Ireland

"Now listening to the album for the third time. No doubt, this is your most mature work to date. "Trouble" blew my mind. If I close my eyes I think this is what Horslips could have sounded like if they had kept going, but they didn't and you did, and have produced a cracker of a song. "The Sunset Waltz" is a masterpiece. "Catch me if you can", "Rollin", "In the dead of Night", all excellent. If the Stones at this stage of their career produced songs of this quality, they would be hailed as geniuses.

There is a wonderful mood to the album, and you hear that in all the playing. Guitars, Hammond, harp, accordion throughout the album are beautifully blended and sit perfectly within the songs. It will sit right along side Mick Taylor's - Leather Jackets in my collection

Guess what McCabe, you've found what you're looking for. Good lad. It's been a road worth travelling.

Mark Feltham
Rory Gallagher Band – England
"I was humbled recently to be asked by Barry to contribute to what turned out to be a cracking record in the making. One of the songs was a kind of Celtic boogie, the second a fabulous acoustic Irish self-penned instrumental, and the last a great Dylanesque type song. I love the fact that I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to play on other people’s records, as I honestly enjoy the buzz, and this one was no exception"

Johnny Fean
Horslips - Ireland
"I have known, and been a friend of Barry's for many years, and I was delighted to be asked to play on his new CD. The songs have a very natural feel and are very musical and it was a pleasure for me to play on and be part of this wonderful album."

Pat McManus
Mama’s Boys & Celtus – N.Ireland
"Working with my good friend Barry was a great experience and a pleasure. The music was organic and rootsie and reminded me of the early Fleetwood Mac albums. In the same breath it is very much an album that says exactly who Barry is and his unique take on the blues"

PJ Curtis
Award winning record producer/DJ/writer – Ireland
"Just listened in full to the CD and I have to say you have produced an absolute gem of an album. I just loved it all! Great songs...superb playing throughout and excellent production values"



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One of the best cd's I have heard in a long time!
Beyond The Tears, One of the best cd's I have heard in a long time definitely one of my favourites.You did an outstanding job on this cd, I hope there is more to follow. If you ever make it to Arizona I will definitely be there.
Terry - Tuscon, Arizona

Anne Makaske

"In The Dead Of Night" - takes me back to a place I thought I lost!
Hey Barry! I know, it took me ages to write a feedback. This time it had nothing to do with lack of time ... I just dunno .. What is your best song? They are all great, too different to simply pick one ... or ... Because everytime I hear 'in the dead of night' it takes me back to a place I thought I lost ... and its lovely! Thanx for the music my friend!
Anne - Holland


I'm sure Rory is smiling!
Hi Barry
Since 15 days "beyond the tears" has not been taken out of my CD player....
I don´t know which song will become my favourite because every song is just fantastic.
Thanks to you,the band and your guests.
......I´m sure Rory smiles.....
Best regards
Jean - Germany


Best version of "Crazy Love" ever...
Totally enjoyable. "Crazy Love" by far the best rendition I have heard. I started by "liking" the CD and after a few listens have turned to "lovin" it. Vocals, harp, guitar - sooooo coool. The Stones should call you for advice on their next project! Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your incredible talent!!
Jack - Winnipeg, Canada

Mick O'Connell

It's like Horslips are back
Well it looks like several others have already said the things I was going to say so I will just add my name to that.

I (finally) voted for Trouble as my favourite song and it was a very difficult decision because I really like all the songs on the CD and every time I played it before voting I'd come up with a different favourite.

I decided on Trouble because I'm a Horslips fan as well and it is absolutely lovely to hear Johnny's magnificient guitar playing again. It makes me long for the days when the boys were playing all over and you could go and see them nearly every weekend. Those were the days and this Cd certainly keep them alive for me. Thanks very much Barry for getting Johnny to play with you.
Mick - Co. Kerry, Ireland

Maurice Finn

Thanks Barry for bringing me back to the blues and closer to Ireland.
Finally got the CD and decided to add my own review.

It was with some trepidation that I listened to this CD because recently I have drifted from the blues and moved more to prog rock bands such as Spocks Beard and Dream Theatre so I was worried I would not like this CD at all - but see below.

(1) "Johnny Nobody" - great start - foot tapping music and you gotta love Barry’s way of saying much - love it.

(2) "In The Dead Of Night" - this immediately reminded of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac - with a fantastic thumping bass line and Barry’s amazing voice - this is chilled out, closed eyes guitar blues.

(3) "Crazy Love"- the harmonica at the beginning put my hairs on end and Barry’s guitar kept them there - I haven’t heard Morrison’s version but after this I will definitely check it out.

(4) "Catch Me If You Can" - foot tapping again and our first visit to Ireland - what a fantastic beat + harmonica and accordion - oh, and acoustic guitar - a clever song.

(5) "Trouble" - this I would class as a Barry song - what do I mean - well there are Peter Green songs, there are Rory songs - well, this is a Barry song is what I mean.

Hell this is all coming from the top of my head - which is a strange place - great guitar solo by the way - it reminds me so much of Horslips.

(6) "Arthur"- as an Ex-Pat this flies me back to home (by the way, Irishmen love to sing about returning to Ireland and most of them have never left the place) One thing that annoys me about this song is the middle reminds me of a Trad Irish song and I can’t remember which one expect the words 'only for nights in' help me someone - love this one. It’s my favourite at the moment.

(7) "I Wonder" - blues - blues - but no something more (a Barry song again). It's blues + Barry - a fantastic combination.

(8) "Rollin’" - this reminds me of Cream but the guitar playing is much better than Clapton - no disrespect intended just my opinion.

(9) "Lonely Road" - This is real head back - eyes rolling - screwed up face blues - love it.

(10) "Bye Bye Johnny – Be Good" - alright I have directed a video for this song - in my head at least- Johnny is sat at the bar hands stretched out on the bar looking into a glass of whiskey – Barry’s on the stage singing this song - the room is filled with happy laughing groups of people - Barry stops singing, the bar closes - Jimmy nods silently at Johnny while drying the glasses- Johnny pulls the collar of his coat up and walks out into the pouring rain.

(11) "The Sunset Waltz" - if we flew over Ireland before we have landed now - love everything about this - almost brought a tear to my eyes – OK, it did.

Thanks Barry for bringing me back to the blues and closer to Ireland.

Patrick Fairchild

Diversity you have to be commended on
Gday Barry,Just recieved my 4 copies of Beyond The Tears from CD-BABY and have spent the evening playing the album with some friends who all agree its afine,fine,fine album.Diversity you have to be commended on and as your poll will no doubt show different folks will like different songs.I reckon 2 and 9 are bloody good mate but the same can be said of the other 9 tracks! ,cheers Patrick Fairchild - Australia

John G. Smedsrud

I think you have taken your music to an even higher level.
Hi Barry,

The big day has come, the official release date for your new CD and what a CD it is. The best you have ever done so far after my opinion. I think you have taken your music to an even higher level. I got the first copy when you visited us in Notodden and it’s been more or less on since then, either in the house, in the cars or on my iPod.
It’s a good sign when a CD seems to get better and better the more you listen to it, isn’t it?

I very much look forward to hear you play the new songs live, which hopefully will be in Ballyshannon in June next year.

My greatest congratulations with your new CD, Yeeehaa….!

Best regards,

John G. Smedsrud - Notodden, Norway

Sonja Bernard

Mit "Beyond the Tears" ist dem sympathischen irischen Gitarristen und Sänger Barry McCabe eine großartige CD gelungen. Sie beginnt recht flott mit "Johnny Nobody", ist aber insgesamt eher der ruhigeren Art zuzurechnen. Bis auf eine Nummer - Crazy Love von Van Morrison - stammen alle Stücke von Barry McCabe. Bei der Umsetzung wird er außer von seiner Band von weiteren großartigen MusikerInnen unterstützt. Besonders gut gefallen mir persönlich das Bass-Spiel von Sean Maguire und die Harp-Einlagen (Mark Feltham, Mick Kinsella). Die CD enthält auch drei Instrumental-Stücke, die eindeutig die irische Herkunft Barry McCabes widerspiegeln. Man merkt, ch bin keine geübte Schreiberin von "Kritiken", ich kann nur sagen: Gute Musik, sehr empfehlenswert!


Barry op z'n best!
Eindelijk een nieuwe CD van Barry. En wát voor eentje. Alleszins het wachten waard, Barry heeft zichzelf overtroffen.
Deze CD heeft alles: stevige ritmes, muzikaliteit, boeiende teksten, een snufje Iers, een vleugje Denver, blues.
Sterk en zacht, indringend en swingend. Van harte aanbevolen!
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