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).
Enjoy. Nectar. 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.
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