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Big Dog

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Big Dog, Seven Nations' third studio release (1996), is cutting edge Celtic rock at its finest. A combination of energetic traditional Scots/Irish tunes mixed with masterfully crafted original songs, this disc invites the listener to sway and dance while being left with a lasting impression of the struggles of another culture in another time. Seven Nations fuses traditional instruments such as highland bagpipes, tin whistles, and Uillean pipes with modern rock guitars and drums. The result is as unique as anything you'll ever hear. Don't be fooled by the description of this style as Celtic...Big Dog is a rock recording. Though traditional medleys are found here, lead singer and songwriter Kirk McLeod's original tunes also find their place in powerful compositions such as the title track "Big Dog." "Finish Line" is a loving tribute to a homeland far across the ocean that completes itself with a gentle reprise at the end. "Our Day Will Come" is a rollicking, danceable number that concludes with great four part harmony. This Seven Nations recording is a must for every rock/pop/alternative/world and everything in between music collection.

Band members: Kirk McLeod - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, highland bagpipes
Struby - bass guitars, backing and harmony vocals
Nick Watson - drums
Neil Anderson - highland bagpipes, tin whistles, Uillean pipes

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Big Dog kicks off with an ethereal take one the classic tune "Under the Milky Way"... -- Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

Mesmerizing. Unique interpretations of traditional songs and some cutting-edge originals... -- The Item - Sumter, South Carolina

The best American example of young musicians turning old tunes into new tricks may be Seven Nations... -- The Washington Times, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: December 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B00004TS83
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
At the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games a few years ago, I was wandering through the tents, seeking some music with which to drink my stout. Alex Beaton had just finished a set and introduced a new group: Seven Nations. Seven Nations stood on that small stage and blew their music right through me. Just about every person in that tent was on their feet (myself included). People ranging in ages from 7 to 70 were tapping feet, climbing on their seats, clapping, cheering, shouting for more.
After the set, I snapped up a copy of Big Dog and got all the band member's autographs. My Big Dog CD is almost worn out. The autographed play notes are proudly displayed in my stereo display case. The only thing better than the CD is their live performances. If you can, see them.
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I first met Seven Nations at a club called Shades near Jacksonville (Orange Park, actually), just after the release of Big Dog, and you coundn't ask for a nice group of guys, nor for a band more tallented at getting a croud to their feet. Not only fun-loving on stage, the guys are friendly and open in person, too. I've made it a point to see them 'live' whenever, wherever I can.
Neil Anderson's pipes require that you move your feet, and Kirk McLeod's vocals are powerful enough to move a strong man to tears, or make a dour man break into a grin. Under The Milky Way, rendered with bagpies, is one of the more haunting and memorable pieces of music I've ever heard, and Jerusalem Rap one of the most witty. Crooked Jack breaks my heart every time, and Finish Line always makes me wistful. The skillful, soulful mix of traditional tunes and new work on Big Dog keeps you listening attentively and appreciatively long after you've become familliar it.
Big Dog is a wonderful, moving, entertaining CD, and a 'must buy'. However good the CD is though, you really have to experience Seven Nations live to gain the full impact of their music; as good as they are in the studio, they're *far* better live. See them in concert, and you'll dance a jig from the sheer joy of their music, even if you don't know how to; the music will move your feet for you.
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I first heard this band in 1996 or 1997 at a Highland Games near Lake (Loch) Norman, NC. I immediately took to the instrumental celtic/rock mix and bought this album. It is a must for any fan of traditional music or level-headed rock, meaning more than mindlessness. It is music with a story. One of the top ten albums I have ever owned, and one of the few I have kept for more than five years.
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By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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This band's first 3 albums OLD GROUND, RAIN & THUNDER, and BIG DOG set the benchmark for celtic rock and accoustic music innovation. Talented piper (and King of the tin whistle set) Neil Anderson, aka The Antipypr, has moved on to do other great things with new band Full Circle and then two independent albums (see antipypr.com) including some great jazz on bagpipes. The "new" 7N is an altogether different sound, still great... but... check out what Antipypr's doing now!
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Neil Anderson is quite possibly the best piper I've ever heard in my entire life. And I've heard a few pipers. He's not a bad singer either. Do yourself a favor and get his solo release Dante's Local. Seven Nations is great, but Neil is the real deal.
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I recently saw these guys for the first time at an outdoor festival on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. I had never heard of them, but obviously thousands of other people had, because everyone was cramming themselves into every available space. I enjoyed them so much, I bought this CD while at the concert. I listened to it twice on the way home, and I am still listening to it in my home stereo system.
The bag pipes make a nice twist to rock'n roll. The guys have fun playing and you can tell it in their songs. Even my husband liked it, and we do not often agree on music. I would refer to it more as alternative music versus Celtic. It is fun no matter what you call it!
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By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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This band's first 3 albums OLD GROUND, RAIN & THUNDER, and BIG DOG set the benchmark for celtic rock and accoustic music innovation. Talented piper (and King of the tin whistle set) Neil Anderson, aka The Antipypr, has moved on to do other great things with new band Full Circle and then two independent albums (see antipypr.com) including some great jazz on bagpipes. The "new" 7N is an altogether different sound, still great... but... check out what Antipypr's doing now!
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Sevens Nations again proves themselves to be one of the foremost of America's contemporary Celtic bands. Talented musicians combine with traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, rhythms, and intstruments to provide a very entertaining CD. A nice mix of songs and instrumental pieces, though some of the tunes don't really seem to fit together. All in all a must for any fan of contemporary Celtic music.
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