Whilst I'm sure most fans of Runrig would have preferred a new studio album in 2010, the release of "50 Great Songs" is a great way to plug the gap between 2007's "Everything You See" and the next album. It also provides a comprehensive introduction for newcomers to RUNRIG, who after 36 years are still one of Europe's best live bands.
What makes this compilation unique to previous ones is the inclusion of some covers of RUNRIG songs by other artists. The veteran Scottish singer D1ck Gaughan provides a stirring and emotional stripped-down version of the live classic "Dance Called America" whilst Cathie-Ann MacPhee's treatment of "Chi M'in Geamradh" is stunning and it's hard to believe it's the same song that was originally included in RUNRIG's 1978 "Play Gaelic" album.
Other highlights include a recent live rendition of "In Search of Angels" performed by Brian Hurren backed by the Craigie Choir and a new Paul Mounsey-arranged version of 1987's anthem Alba, featuring Rory MacDonald on lead vocals.
The DVD includes recent live performances from the band's sell-out 30th Anniversary concert at Stirling Castle in 2003, the RUNRIG Beat the Drum festival in 2007, Edinburgh Castle in 2008 and Scone Palace in 2009. Excellent value for money and a very worthwhile purchase, both for fans and newcomers alike.