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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical recordings of the Scottish Fiddle Legend., 7 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: The Strathspey King (Audio CD)
James Scott Skinner - Legendary composer of scottish fiddle music. One of the rare breed of historical performer/composers to survive into the early years of recoridng technology. This CD consists of digitally remastered original recoridngs of him playing his own stuff. Fascinating as an historical record and resource for people seeking play this music themselves, though perhaps a little hard on the modern ears when listening for relaxtion.

The last track is an un-remastered version of one of the others, so that you can understand what changes were made by the digital remastering process.

If you're a musician who already owns his music books, e.g. the Harp and Claymore, or the Scottish Fiddler - then buy this CD! If you just want to listen to the music, then buy a modern recording of a modern interpreter playing the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing historical document, 22 Mar. 2007
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hillbank68 "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Strathspey King (Audio CD)
This is an excellent remastering of very historic performances by Scott Skinner, the 'Strathspey King'. It's been excellently done, and I have no criticism of the production values here. I can't give it 5 stars simply because some of the playing by the King himself is so scrappy - not all by any means ; some is very fine. I imagine we are hearing him at his best and his worst here, and I suspect he was not quite himself when one or two of these recordings were first made. But as a historical document it cannot be faulted.
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