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  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Temple Records
  • ASIN: B00576XD10
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Line-up is the superb new album from the award winning Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene. A bedrock of music and talent for over four decades, they continue to lead the way with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. This is essential listening for all lovers of traditional music. Battlefield Band's aptitude for instrumental colour, nuance, expression and internal dynamics is, if anything, sharper than ever and these recordings showcase Scotland s great flagship band in peak form. Fiery instrumentals, plaintive ballads and songs of social history find them fresh, invigorated, and illustrate yet again that they are among the most relevant contemporary composers and interpreters of Celtic music today, capable even of adding a Scottish twist to an Otis Redding soul classic. Always evolving, the new group line-up, which has been received with great acclaim on their US, Canadian & UK tours, finds Battlefield Band yet again moving on to a new, exciting period in their musical development, while building on the solid foundations that have always been key to their success. The latest recruit to the group, multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, hails from the Highlands of Scotland. A superb talent, schooled by some of the masters of the genre, Ewan has quickly established himself as a strong force within a band of supremely capable musicians who look forward to introducing him to their worldwide audience.

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As soon as this disc enters the player you just know you're in for a real treat...a thoughtful new chapter in the band's impressively long and rewarding career. -- Net-Rhythms

The most interesting line-up of this venerable institution. From Otis Redding's That's How Strong My Love Is to a Ballachulish bodach's Loch Liobhainn, they cover
many a tuneful Highland mile. -- Scotland On Sunday

This band is one of the great institutions of the Scottish music scene...Like England's Fairport Convention, they are impressive survivors - **** -- Robin Denselow, The Guardian, July 15th 2011

Whether utilising a song by Robert Burns, traditional melodies or their own selfpenned material there is always much to admire from a band that is forever evolving and, it has to be said, they do it with great style. -- Folking

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pete Fyfe on 2 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The drama of an opening chord sequence to grab the listener's attention was never an issue with the Battlefield Band. Starting with the driving rhythm of double stopped fiddle the momentum of the opening track "Raigmore" is regulated by the introduction of Highland Pipes painting a picture of say a battlefield scene from the movies Braveheart or Rob Roy. The following piece, a cover of Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" couldn't be more different providing the band with their now established quirky `commercial' song and will undoubtedly prove a sure-fire hit amongst the `folk' fraternity. I won't spoil your enjoyment (Twitter-like) by revealing the `link' to the traditional element of our beloved music, you'll just have to purchase the album yourselves whilst imagining the audience at a festival waving their arms in the air joining in with gusto. Whether utilising a song by Robert Burns, traditional melodies or their own self-penned material there is always much to admire from a band that is forever evolving and, it has to be said, they do it with great style. With this in mind and unfortunately due (I presume) to limited space in the CD booklet I'm unable to give individual credit to each of the members as the band members instrumentation along with their lead vocal performances aren't listed under the titles of each song but needless to say that the latest incarnation of Mike Katz, Sean O'Donnell, Alasdair White and Ewen Henderson have taken the baton masterfully. I've never been disappointed by a performance or recording of the band since hearing their debut French album in 1976 and long may they continue.

PETE FYFE
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By Openminded on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Saw the original line up yonks ago at Cambridge. They had to open the show at short notice because the lead singer of a certain Irish band, which didn't have a Christmas no 1 in 1987, was too pi**ed to go on.

Each reincarnation of the band has seen them go from strength to strength and this one is no different, and still with Temple after all these years! I am constantly amazed to see how many "old boys" are still performing. Although still performing as individuals, I wish certain other bands of the era were still laying the music down like the BB.

My copy had a who wrote/played what insert, so no gripes there and the music is as fresh and innovative as it has always been. However, my two all time favourite tracks are the blistering cover of Bad Moon Rising from On The Rise and The Arran Convict from Threads. Keep up the tradition lads. *****n.
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Format: Audio CD
This was bought as a gift for a die hard Battlefield Band fan after hearing just one track played on local radio. They absolutely loved it - with a new line up and some cracking tunes it makes for a another brilliant CD.
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By Highlandladdie on 31 May 2015
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One of my favourite albums
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Battlefield Band: Respecting the Music 24 Aug. 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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You cannot say that I am particular fan of Battlefield Band, since the previous album of theirs in my collection is Home Is Where the Van Is (1980 LP/1988 CD); hence my obtaining this latest, 2011 album must say something of its quality and uniqueness. Perhaps it is the change in personnel over the decades, or maybe it is because of that rare, special occasion when everything comes together in writing, song selection, arrangements, performance, and production. This is splendid album whatever the case. The expected hornpipes and jigs, fiddle tunes and pipe quicksteps are present, but to hear "That's How Strong My Love Is" as a folk ballad makes you want to stop and take notice and enjoy. The simple piano accompaniment that introduces a song by Robert Burns is elegant, and when fiddle and then whistle enter for color, the track takes on an added beauty. Indeed, the mellow and dignified tone of the entire album is not of a Scottish folk-rock band of early years but of a cultural institution. Songs old and new seem to be respected by the musicians as historically important, which in large measure they are. The simple melodies become powerful anthems or sweet nostalgic ditties. The commentary on each track by Robin Morton, the producer and engineer, is helpful and at times amusing. The year 2011 is a rare vintage for the band; stock up!
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Battlefield Band! 16 Feb. 2013
By At Home - Published on Amazon.com
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We love this group. We have been enjoying them for over 20+ years. Their sound changes over time because the membership in the band changes, but they always seem to get first rate musicians. If you don't like Celtic rock or folk music, don't buy their music without hearing the excepts. If you don't like Scotland, there is no hope for you!
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