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The band's biggest selling album, launched in front of 50,000 fans at the historic Midsummer Night's concert at Balloch Country Park, Loch Lomond. It reached number 4 in the UK album charts, with the single 'Hearthammer' becoming the band's first Top 40 hit single. EMI. 2005.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.9 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches; 3.41 Ounces
- Manufacturer : EMI Europe Generic
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : EMI Europe Generic
- ASIN : B0000267TQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #217,531 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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From the opening chords of "Headlights", complete with its banjo riff and glorious skirling guitar (Malcolm Jones, what a talent) through to the fade out of "Flower of the West", there is a continuity. Every track is different - the accordion-led "Always the Winner", the rock riff of "An Cuibhle Mor", the ballad feel of "I'll keep coming home" - but each carries that sense of place, of the wide open skies and the wild Atlantic ocean, and of the people who have to leave (like the man from St Kilda in "Edge of the World") and yet who keep coming home. None of the tracks lose it: Calum and Rory MacDonald tell the story beautifully of joy, loss and paradise regained. They led up to writing the songs by reading Neil Gunn's "Highland River" - get it if you can, and you will understand the perspective even better.
The only way to listen to this is to put an hour aside and listen right the way through... and then put another hour aside and do the same again. There are not many albums of which I can say that: that's why I stand by the title claim.
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It represents the transition from their earlier style of 80's into their more mature rockier style of the 90's.
Excellent copy - no scratches - good inlay booklet - great jewel case.
Anyway, this is a monster disc: breath-taking in scope and awesome in execution. 5 stars 'cos I can't give 6. If you haven't got it your collection is incomplete. Unless you collect bad records - you still out there John?