on 15 July 2010
Along with Ossian, JTB are the pick of Scottish 'revival' folk bands, the nearest thing in their neck of the woods to the Bothy Band. They deal in neither the adrenaline-fuelled dance sets that are the BB's trademark, nor the sweeping harp airs that Ossian do so beautifully. Where they win out is on the songs: warm, mellow, reflective, tinged with sadness. Of course they have Rod Paterson, surely the greatest Scots traditional singer of his generation.
One of these albums has been a favourite for many years, and is a true masterpiece of the genre. The other is new to me; I don't feel it is quite of the same quality, but it's still streets ahead of most. The order of the two has been swapped around her;, apparently for no better reason than that Richard Thompson likes The Lasses Fashion, and therefore it should have top billing. Well, I suppose small record companies need all the publicity they can get.
Of course, putting the two together on one disc means you lose a track or two. The second album (ie the first) has had the last track, Sae Will We Yet, shaved off; it now ends a bit anti-climactically with a march.
I've no idea why this page lists the MacNaughton Pipe Band as co-artist; there are pipe-tunes on these albums, but absolutely no pipes.
on 1 May 2001
It's not hard to see why Richard Thomson chose The Lassies Fashion alongside Elvis as one of his top ten albums of all time. These two albums could not be any better, the songs are sung to perfection and the jazz/folk influenced accompaniment is stunning. Also the value for money that this c.d offers is incredible. Buy this now and tell all your friends, the JTB's should be huge.