on 30 July 2013
Stellar collection of 6 cds from Runrig during their stint with Crysalis Records, 1987-1996.
The 6 cds are housed in a 6 CD Jewel. The jewel is sturdy as much as sixers go, but its always a gamble in transit. Also within the jewel is a decent enough booklet containing a mix of pix, band commentary, discography, etc.
All 83 tracks are 2013 Digital Remasters and sound fantastic. There is about 7 1/2 hrs of music total, arranged thus:
NOTE: along with each cd's featured album is included additional tracks (from a similar time period give or take) associated eps, singles and live performances. This gives each cd a flavor all its own. These "timezones" intermesh effortlessly. The results are breathtaking!
CD#1...19 trks, total time 78:42 featuring 'The Cutter and the Clan' (1987)
CD#2...18 trks, total time 73:57 featuring 'Searchlight' (1989)
CD#3...16 trks, total time 75:10 featuring 'The Big Wheel' (1991), 'The Greatest Flame (1993)
CD#4...15 trks, total time 70:23 featuring 'Amazing Times' (1993)
CD#5...15 trks, total time 68:24 featuring 'Mara' (1995)
CD#6...15 trks, total time 76:54 featuring 'Once in a Lifetime (1988)
RUNRIG's music is profound. 'Stepping Down the Glory Road (the Chrysalis Years 1988-1996) is not the whole story by any means, but it's one powerhouse of a middle.
Oh, last before I go...when listening to Runrig I've heard reviewers draw comparisons (favorable) to a whole gaggle of other primo artists'. Here's my crazy addition: The Moody Blues!!! Of course Runrig can only be Runrig. You can discover them here. Peace Out!!!
I discovered Runrig back in 1989, when they were completely unheard of in England. The odd expat Scot I mentioned them to knew about them, but to anyone else it was "who?" The first album in this set, "The Cutter & The Clan", was the first thing I heard by them, bought unheard on the strength of a review in a hi-fi magazine, and I loved it from the first note. A fusion of Gaelic culture and language with rock music, it was and still is truly music that has no equal - bands have appeared who have been influenced by Runrig, but they did this first and still do it best. There are comparisons with Big Country, U2 - even Bruce Springsteen - but Runrig are unique.
This 6-disc set pulls together the 5 studio albums they released on the Chrysalis label between 1988 and 1995. But the real draw of the set for most fans (who will surely own all of those already) is the comprehensive set of single B-sides that are included. Checking against my own collection, I can only find one missing song (a live version of "Our Earth Was Once Green" from the "Every River" single) - every other B-side, studio or live, is on here, including a couple of really rare tracks, such as the cover of "April Come She Will" that was only released on cassette single. There are several "single edit" versions of A-sides missing, but they were all just cut down versions of the album tracks, all of which are included here. To track down all these other songs - and Runrig's B-sides were easily as good as their A-sides, in some cases better - would cost a fortune on eBay. This collection is ridiculously cheap just for the 5 studio albums; to get the rarities for this price is the bargain of the decade.
A few tracks from the superb "Once In A Lifetime" live album pad out the end of the sixth disc - a couple more are found on disc 1, as they also appeared on the "Protect & Survive" single. The only shame about this set is that they didn't manage to fit every track from "... Lifetime" on here, as otherwise this would be a complete collection, but given what is on here, it would be churlish to complain.
If you're a Runrig fan and you don't already have every single they released in this period, buying this box set is a no-brainer. If you're not already a Runrig fan, this is probably a bit of a marathon introduction, but if you end up liking them, you'll want the lot anyway, and at this price, it's worth taking a punt!
on 14 October 2015
I was thinking of buying the 5 CD boxset for the same period and am glad I took time to read other reviews as one encouraged buying this boxset. I am really glad I listened to that reviewer!
Haven't listened to all the CDs yet, but have really enjoyed the ones that I have listened to. The extras on the discs are great and I think the whole boxset are worth the few extra pounds that it cost.
Showcases really well the music the band made at the end of the 80's and early 90's and the accompanying insert looks and reads well also.
All in all an excellent purchase.
on 20 June 2015
Do I own it? Not yet... Will I? of course.
So, who are Runrig? True artists - captured me when I heard "Dance Called America" over the speakers in the old art gallery/shop (the old corrugated tin one) in Drumnadrochit and played the resultingly purchased cassette to death thereafter.
So, real artists, true to their music and themselves - something of a Hawkwind of Skye/Scotland if you will, without the space and synths but with that same enjoyment, integrity and zeal. Tremendously loyal fanbase - buy this, listen, visualise the Highlands and join the ranks of people who know about real music from musicians that can play live!
on 1 June 2015
Have lost some of run rigs albums,this was great listening to them again with donnie singing. I must admit I like the both of them donnie and Bruce. Runrig will always be my number 1 , after all these years the music is still fantastic loving the new tunes. Love going to the concerts and seeing all the different nationalities.
on 2 January 2016
Bought this for my Mum for Christmas, as she adores Runrig but hasn't listened to them for a while because she wore her CD's out between home, the car and the caravan! Thought this would be a good choice with it having a few CD's - Mum was delighted! They were stuck straight into her player on Xmas day and we all enjoyed listening to them. My Dad and I like them also, brilliant band with such a refreshing, unique sound that really connects.
on 26 August 2014
A magnificent collection that needs no recommendation from me.
I simply wanted to say this (noting something that seems to spreading like wildfire across Amazon and totally devaluing the whole rating system).
There are 21 so-called "reviews" here.
Of those 15 are only one line long (all five star "ratings" while saying absolutely NOTHING whatever about the recording that could not equally have been used to "review" music by Susan Boyle or Andy Williams or Val Doonican for that matter), 3 run to a second line (ditto) while 3 are longer. Of those only two say anything worth reading.
It would be very easy to conclude - rightly or wrongly - from this that those entrusted with the PR for the record company have "done a job" and placed large numbers of 5 star "ratings" on behalf the issue.
If so it's incredibly sad and rather pointless. Those who are going to buy it are the tens of thousands of informed Riggies who like me have followed the band for decades in draughty halls and muddy fields and recognize the artistry, originality, sheer quality of what they are listening to that puts so much of the "music" produced these days to shame. We are not influenced by such obvious nonsense as these one live "reviews". And those weak headed noodles who might be fooled by that sort of nonsense will not even click on a page about Runrig. They're too busy buying "Britain's Got Talent" nonsense and "Eurovision Song Contest" drivel.
For heaven sake, the band deserves better than this.
Forget the vacuous reviews - buy the set - and prepare to be amazed at what proper music sounds like - tunes - rhythms - words of poetry - a passion for the language and the land that inspired it - the greatest guitarists alive (god bless Malcolm!) today and "THE VOICE" of Donnie (so totally unique, brings goose pimples up on the back off your neck - I "discovered" Runrig when browsing in the basement of the old HMV store in London's Oxford Street - vast 100 square yard square floor bustling with buyers yet when Donnie's voice came over a distant loudspeaker it stopped me dead in my tracks. I just had to buy what i was hearing - Cutter and the Clan - and that was it for me).
PS: Buy Flower of the West - The Runrig Songbook - a collectors item and work of art explaining the history and composition of these amazing songs AND contains the music / guitar finger positions. Go one - one rainy Sunday afternoon - and we have plenty of those - pour yourself something like a Broughton's beer or a glass of Talisker or Lagavulin and settle down to a journey back to where it all began". Thanks guys for it all.