The Cranberries, billed as the biggest-selling Irish rock artists outside of U2, have issued their first live album: Bualadh Bos: The Cranberries Live in the band’s history. The album follows their first North American tour in more than six years.
Bualadh Bos (pronounced “boola bahs), is Celtic for “clap your hands,” and reflects the band’s roots. The album, released, Jan. 5, includes 15 tracks recorded between 1994 and 1998, when the band was at its peak.
It includes selections from concerts in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tipperary and even Oslo, Norway at the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
The Limerick band, which includes singer Dolores O’Riordan, brothers Noel and Mike Hogan (guitar and bass, respectively) and drummer Fergal Lawler, broke out with 1993’s album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
The album went Top 10 and quintuple platinum and spun off the Top 10 and gold hit “Linger.”
The group went on hiatus in 2003 as members pursued solo projects.
Then, in January 2009, O’Riordan played a set at Dublin’s Trinity College with the Noel and Mike to commemorate her being made an Honorary Patron of Trinity’s Philosophical Society. The performance was their first since 2003.
Playing together again made them realize how much they had missed each other and in late 2009 the Cranberries announced their reunion for a North American tour in November and December. South and Central American and European shows will follow.
The live album contains six of that album’s dozen tracks (“Wanted,” “Linger,” “I Still Do,” “Waltzing Back,” “Not Sorry,” “Pretty”) performed at the Record Plant studio in Hollywood in 1994; “Dreams” is from Feile, Tipperary that same year and “Sunday” is from Pine Knob in Clarkston, Michigan in 1996 on the Free To Decide World Tour. “Liar,” a non-album single b-side, is from the Record Plant performance.
The follow-up album, 1994’s No Need To Argue, debuted at No. 6 and reached seven times platinum.
The Bualadh Bos live recordings from …Argue are its No. 1 Modern Rock hit “Zombie,” #11 Pop hit “Ode To My Family” and “Ridiculous Thoughts,” and all from the Tipperary concert.
Their 1996 double platinum To The Faithful Departed album hit No. 4 on the charts. Its “Forever Yellow Skies” and “Free To Decide” are heard on the live album in their concert versions from Toronto and Michigan, respectively, on the Free To Decide tour.
Prior to the release of the band’s fourth album, the Cranberries performed “Promises” at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The studio version of the song would appear on 1999’s Bury the Hatchet, which debuted Top 15 and is gold.