The Long Black Veil (album)

The Long Black Veil is an album by the traditional Irish folk band The Chieftains. Released in 1995, it is one of the most popular and best selling albums by the band.[3] It reached number 17 in the album charts.[3] The band teamed up with well-known musicians such as Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.[3] The album went gold in the U.S. and Australia, and Double-Platinum in Ireland.[3] One of the tracks, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?", sung and written by Van Morrison, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1996.

The Long Black Veil
Studio album by
Released24 January 1995
StudioLake House Studio, England; Windmill Lane and Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Clinton Recording Studios, New York; Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, Los Angeles, California
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerPaddy Moloney (with Chris Kimsey and Ry Cooder)
The Chieftains chronology
The Celtic Harp: A Tribute to Edward Bunting
The Long Black Veil
Film Cuts
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[2]

Credited collaborators include Marianne Faithfull, Mark Knopfler, Mick Jagger, Ry Cooder, Sinéad O'Connor, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Arty McGlynn.[3]

The Tennessee Waltz/Mazurka was recorded at Frank Zappa's studio not long before he died. There is video evidence (available as a bootleg called 'Salad Party') that additional material was recorded during this session, though The Chieftains have not released this material.

Track listing

  1. "Mo Ghile Mear" (Our Hero) (with Sting & Anúna) – 3:22
  2. "The Long Black Veil" (with Mick Jagger) – 3:38
  3. "The Foggy Dew" (with Sinéad O'Connor) – 5:20
  4. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" (with Van Morrison) – 4:40
  5. "Changing Your Demeanour" – 3:16
  6. "The Lily of the West" (with Mark Knopfler) – 5:10
  7. "Coast of Malabar" (with Ry Cooder) – 6:01
  8. "Dunmore Lassies" (with Ry Cooder) – 5:14
  9. "Love Is Teasin'" (with Marianne Faithfull) – 4:36
  10. "He Moved through the Fair" (with Sinéad O'Connor) – 4:54
  11. "Ferny Hill" – 3:43
  12. "Tennessee Waltz/Tennessee Mazurka" (with Tom Jones) – 3:58
  13. "The Rocky Road to Dublin" (with The Rolling Stones) – 5:06


Additional personnel: *Colin James (guitar, mandolin); Dominic Miller, Paul Brady, Arty McGlynn, Foggy Little (guitar); Kieran Hanrahan (banjo); Terry Tulley (Scottish pipes); Carlos Nunez (Galician pipes); Brendan Begley, James Keane, Martin O'Connor (accordion); Steve Cooney (didgeridoo); Wally Minko (piano); James Blennerhassett, Ned Mann (acoustic bass); Joe Csibi (bass); Darryl Jones, Nicky Scott (bass); Noel Eccles, Tommy Igoe, Liam Bradley (drums); Jean Butler (foot percussion); Anuna Choir, Brian Masterson (background vocals); The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Sting, Ry Cooder, Mark Knopfler, Sinead O'Connor, Phil Coulter, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Jones.

Certifications and sales


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 692,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

  1. Allmusic review
  2. Rolling Stone review
  3. Hitchner, Earle (03/01/2005). "St. Patrick's Day 2005: Chieftains march on. Moloney says band won't replace Bell". The Irish Echo. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. "British album certifications – The Chieftains – The Long Black Veil". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Long Black Veil in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. "American album certifications – The Chieftains – The Long Black Veil". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  6. "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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