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A Good Compilation (but no Bruce)
on 13 January 2014
This is a good complilation of 'old' Runrig, which means they're tracks from when Donnie Munro was the lead vocalist. They were a good band then, so this CD is worth getting if you like Runrig in general. In my opinion, however, their best tracks are as 'new' Runrig with Bruce Guthro as lead vocalist (Canadian, from Nova Scotia - he therefore still has very Celtic musical roots) with Rory still singing some (including a favourite of mine: 'Running to the Light'). My family and I have seen them with Bruce several times live now and they're fantastic (looking forward to the next tour, tickets are booked....), Bruce has such a great voice - my kids consider CDs with Bruce as 'proper' Runrig (apologies to Donnie fans, he has a good voice too - we just prefer Bruce).
So, while I like 'old' Runrig, I wouldn't consider this compilation as 'All the Best', as my favourites aren't on here (these being Maymorning, The Stamping Ground, Clash of the Ash, Running to the Light.......). Having said that, at the end of the day, whether it's 'old' or 'new' Runrig, Rory and Calum Macdonald really know how to write wonderful songs, and there's some great stuff on this CD.
By the way, Bruce's first album with Runrig was in 1999...so maybe we don't really need to refer to the albums with him as 'new' Runrig anymore...