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Album Review

By the time this album was released in 1995, the Battlefield Band had nothing left to prove. Twenty-five years of simultaneously carrying the torch of traditional Scots music and pushing the envelope of tradition had yielded well over a dozen excellent albums (and a couple that were merely very good) and had long since secured the band's place in the history books. So they could have been forgiven for coasting a bit. Nope. Keyboardist Alan Reid is still writing top-notch songs (note, in particular, the wonderful "The Arran Convict"), Iain MacDonald still boasts the world's sweetest and most tasteful bagpipe tone, and the extremely young John McCusker fiddles with the taste and skill of someone twice his age. (He's also no slouch as a composer, as the lovely "Miss Kate Rusby" makes plain.) Maybe not quite on a par with Anthem for the Common Man, this album nevertheless easily stands with the best of the Battlefield Band's work.


Formed: 1970

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Battlefield Band has proven to be one of the longest running institutions of Scottish music. At their inception in 1969, they were one of the most adventurous young groups around, mixing traditional music with some rock and pop, and even in the time since, they've remained somewhat abreast of trends, although not as much as those who've followed in their footsteps and sometimes overtaken them. But that's fine, they have a comfortable niche and a dedicated following. During the '70s, Scots music...
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