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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a curiosity, 29 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Strict Tempo! (Audio CD)
This is a great album for those that like this sort of thing (I'm quite partial, myself.) However there's no pyrotechnics. Like it says on the box, it's strict tempo - accurately paced renditions of mostly Scottish traditional (or nearly so - let's hear it for Scott Skinner) dance tunes accurate down to the pastiche cover.

Rockin' in Rhythm is excellent, the Knife Edge is the rockiest and I'm very fond of the Burns medley with Dave Mattacks on piano. However a lot of the rest is a bit staid and I feel the guitar sound could do with bulking out with fiddle or accordian. Strictly for fans, I'd have thought.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2012 22:20:41 BDT
gille liath says:
I agree - electric guitar doesn't work that well as a lead instrument in traditional music. The best tracks are the acoustic Banish Misfortune and that bagpipes-style air whose name I can't remember.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 14:04:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 16:29:05 GMT
Mr. D. Bain says:
I have to agree with your review, an instrumental CD of Scottish traditional music will only appeal to the RT completist (like myself) or to fans of this type of music itself. If you fall into either of the aforementioned categories you can be assured that you are part of a minority group. I have every album that RT has ever released including the 'official bootlegs' which can only be obtained at concert venues or via RT's beesweb site and I have to admit that I don't play it as often as most of his other albums. Having said that it is still worth the occasional listen. Incidentally fans of this album should check out 'The Bones of All Men' by Phillip Pickett on which the talented Mr Thompson provides some very tasty fretwork.
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