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Amazing Grace: The Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Performer: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  • Audio CD (March 24, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WEN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amazing Grace
2. Fanfare: Jubilant
3. Trot & Canter Medley: The Keel Row/Dundee
4. Marches Medley: The Back O'Bennachie/The Drunken Piper/72nd's Farewell To Aberdeen/Corriechoillie...
5. Cornet Carillon
6. Scottland The Brave
7. Slow Air & Jigs Medley: Leaving Rhu Vaternish/Nameless/The Duck/Eleanor's/Drummer's Salute
8. Russian Imperial Anthem
9. Slow March & Walk Medley: Garb Of Old Gaul/Men Of Harlech
10. March, Strathspey, Reels And March Medley: Achany Glen/Craig-A-Bodaich/Dalnahasaig/Mac Farlane's...
11. Slow Air: Going Home
12. Evening Hymn: Abide With Me
13. Reville: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
14. Quick Marches Medley: Third Dragoon Guards/Highland Laddie

Editorial Reviews

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  1. Amazing Grace
  2. Fanfare: Jubilant
  3. Medley: The Keel Row/Bonnie Dundee
  4. Medley: The Back O'Bennachie/The Drunken
  5. Piper/72nd's Farewell To Aberdeen/
  6. Corriechoillie/My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
  7. /Rantin', Rovin' Robin
  8. Cornet Carillon
  9. Scotland The Brave
  10. Meldey: Leaving Rhu Vaternish/Nameless/The
  11. Duck/Eleanor's/Drummer's Salute
  12. Russian Imperial Anthem
  13. Medley: Garb Of Old Gaul/Men Of Harlech
  14. Medley: Achany Glen/Craig-A-Bodaich/
  15. Dalnahasaig/Mac Farlane's/Dancing Feet/Dr.
  16. Ross
  17. Going Home
  18. Abide With Me
  19. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  20. Medley: Third Dragoon Guards/Highland Laddie

Customer Reviews

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards December 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is the classic recording of "Amazing Grace" by the combined bands of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. This recording was originally released in 1972 to mark the amalgamation of the Royal Scots Greys and the 3rd Carabiniers, to become the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Scotland's only cavalry regiment. The album first appeared on the RCA label and it was this recording which gained the bands such world reknowned fame, selling over 6 million copies of the tune when it was released on 45 rpm. In addition to "Amazing Grace," the bands present a stiring concert of regimental and martial tunes which are associated with the current regiment and its predessors. The versatility of the bands is shown in many selections, including "Going Home" which is a beautiful rendition of Dvorak's theme presented here for combined bands. The military band presents a fine concert piece in "Cornet Carillion" amply demonstrating the fine musicianship which existed in the band at that time. "The Russian Imperial Anthem" stems from when the Czar was colonel of the regiment at the turn of the century. There is also a selection of regimental trots and canters which recalls the days when the regiment was a mounted cavalry unit. The pipes and drums perform three rousing medlys of scottish tunes, including a "Drummers Salute." Listening to this pipe band, one can see why it has become one of the finest pipe bands in the British Army, and remains so today. There is much nostalga in this recording in that the military band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards no longer exists, having been reduced in 1994 with the reduction of all British Army regimental bands. So the listener has a wonderful opportunity to hear these two bands in their prime from nearly 25 years ago. These bands helped create a demand for popular military music from their "Amazing Grace" release which still exists today. Sit back and enjoy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated Amazing Grace May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Having reviewed the original "Amazing Grace" recording by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from 1971 it seems that Amazon.com now offers a series of recordings that the bands released in the late 70 and 1980s under the same title. The first half of this CD contains tracks from a 1976 release of the bands entitled "The Lengendary Amazing Grace" In addition to a fine updated version of the now famous tune four years after its original world wide hit, this part of the CD contains some interesting selections for band and pipes. "Una Palma Blanca" is a true example of how the RSDG bands went to great lengths to explore the full combined sound. The regimental band supports the pipes with a variety of modern sounds including an electronic bass guitar which many military bands in fact use for concert purposes today providing as it does a useful Continuo bass line for a military band. "Theme in Glory" and "Turn on the Sun" are additional examples of just how good the RSDG bands had mastered the concept of combing their resources. These are truly exciting pieces to listen too. The regimental band shows its stuff with "Rockout" an arrangement of classic old rock music themes. The pipes and drums provide three medleys and are simply surperb. One can hear that a distinctive change had taken place in the ensemble sound of the pipe band since 1971. The RSDG drummers have incorporated the use of their tenor drums to creat an amazing drummers' accompaniment to the pipes. This innovation would become standard in the piping world, but it owes its origins largely to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards pipes and drums. Listen to how magificent the pipe band sounds when they first enter to the 6/8 medley starting with "Macneils of Ugdale". You won't find a better sound even today. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is History April 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album was originaly titled "Farewell to the Greys". It is the last recording of The Royal Scotts Greys that served at the battle of Waterloo (cover art photo). In response to the previous review that complained about recording quality -- it was recorded in 1971! My Grandfather left me this record (vinal!). I stopped playing it for fear of wearing it out... Thank God it's released on CD! It is the BEST rendition of Amazing Grace I have ever found! History Note: The Imperial Russian Anthem is here because Tsar Nicolas II was their Honorary Colonel in Chief and untill their disbandment and was played as the opening for formal affairs in his honor.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD hoping to get the definitive recording of mass pipes and band playing Amazing Grace. I was not totally disappointed, but I already had a version that I think I like better which is on a CD entitled "The Music of Scotland: The Scottish National Pipe & Drum Corps and Military Band". The sound quality is better and the transition from the first stanza of solo piper to massed pipes in the second stanza is smoother in terms of the introduction of the drones. The arrangement is basically the same except that it doesn't have the extra flourish at the end of the third stanza before returning to the solo piper. The "National Pipe and Drum" CD also has more emphasis on pipes & drums and less on military band than does the "Dragoon Guards" CD. Unfortunately I cannot find the former CD listed on Amazon. There is, however, nothing more stirring than "Amazing Grace" played with massed pipes--no matter which one you get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but the album has been around for a long time and the initial impact...
This album may not appeal to everyone because of the nature of the music, but the album has been around for a long time and the initial impact of their version of Amazing Grace... Read more
Published 21 days ago by RON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bag pipe music
Excellent bag pipe music, great sounding Amazing Grace.
Published 1 month ago by Army Wife Retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this type of music.
Published 2 months ago by Pat Kush
5.0 out of 5 stars great
We bought this album to ride to...Our horses love to "dance" to the music, and oddly enough, they all Love the bagpipes... Being half Scottish,I do too.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Vandermeer
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
not at all a nice version of this song. I would not recommend this to anyone who likes the song.
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the vinyl album as a kid
I love this album. What memories it brings back to have it digital. CD was in great condition and sound quality is wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the most amazing collection of music ever from a British military band. I highly encourage you to give it a try.
Published 7 months ago by Bryan J Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original
The same as i bought 1972 in Edinburgh, Amazing Grace is for my funeral, it will be the last music.
Published 8 months ago by Pierre Palm
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not find it in the stores
It was for a gift and he was thrilled with it. I already have it. We love our Scotland heritage
Published 14 months ago by Heather Cowie
2.0 out of 5 stars Condition of the product received
I received this cd today. The condition of the jewel case was cracked and broken. The cd itself was scuffed and marred. I am not a satisfied customer.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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