This is a seminal album, a big transfusion of North American swing to help liven up Scottish music. Moore's ideas about Cape Breton somehow representing 'real' Highland music - explained earnestly and at great length in the booklet - are almost certainly a fantasy. It seems unlikely in itself that it would have stood still while Scottish music has changed so much and indeed, when you hear it, it clearly hasn't.
It's interesting to speculate, but what really matters is that this is one of those albums that just lifts you, right from the start and (as they say) throughout. I admit I was sceptical, years ago, about pipes and piano; but Moore, with pianist Hilda Chaisson (not an obviously Scottish name!) made it work and opened up a whole new world of possibilities. He also went a long way towards putting danceability back into pipes music.
Such a shame that illness put a premature end to his career as one of the most innovative pipers around.