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You must remember that this band was formed by Cunningham in 1972 when he was 14 and Phil was 12. every significant Scottish musicians in the 80"s and 90's was impacted by Silly Wizard. Most of the really important ones were either briefly associated or absolutely inspred by SW's accomplishments.
As you can tell from the customer reviews, all of the CDs were sterling efforts. This one though has all the bittersweet elements of a fond farewell. Like The Beatles, there had been a feeling that they had covered the waterfront and it was time to move on. A tour was launched and perhaps the best playing of their career was delivered. The humour on stage was more accurately captured on the Green Linnet video, but this is a remarkable document of a band who quit at the peak and left all of us forever wanting more.
If you have nay Scots blood in you at all, you will find yourself full of pride in these remarkable men. If you have an avocation for this music, it simply does not get any better at all. 5 stars is somehow far short of just how incredible this disc is.
From the first song "Queen Of Argyll" a tale of a lady of exceeding beauty and charm, but out of reach, Andy starts a melodious exploration of new and traditional Scotts music. You can see the smoke coming off the violins (being played so fast and hard) in many of the songs on this collection.
"The Parish Of Dunkeld" brings people back to the roots of Religion, reminding people that it's the folks who make the church, not the walls.
"The Valley Of Strathmore" is a ballad of a heartbroken man wishing one last day with his departed love. Eerily romantic, tears of joy can be felt through the lyrics, and the voice of the instruments.
"The Ramblin' Rover" is a lyrical journey across the faces of the people that one could meet in on! e's life. Just as the journey is made, so is the song. This is a rare instance of acapella from Silly Wizard.
"Donald McGillavry" is a swirling mix of Scottish and English. Just as the notes toss on a sea beaten into a froth, so do the lyrics as the group sings about every townsfolks nightmare. "...and maggots wouldn't eat 'im" and you know this is a tough guy! Brush up on your Gaelic, or visit some of the web sites for the translations of the songs.
"Golden, Golden" and "The Broom of the Cowden Knowes" bring us back to the tender side of the group.Read more ›
If you've never heard of SW before it's because they broke up in the late 80's just as they were catching on in America and the major labels were falling over themselves to sign them. That when I first became a fan, too late to see them live myself.
I don't know of any group since that has captured their sound. This is the kind of music you would expect to hear being played in the back of a pub in a small Scottish town. They mix the traditional and some modern instrumentation to play traditional and new music with firm roots in their heritage.
These are working class guys who wrote songs that sounded like the music their Grandma used to sing to them, and at the eve of their fame decided they would rather go back to their families and their day jobs than be famous. They still put out solo CDs now and then, but as a band SW has never played again.
So grab this while you can because there isn't anything else like it and there never will be.
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I will always love this group - it was so important to me to find this CD availablePublished 29 days ago by Janet Lemus
I've enjoyed Silly Wizard since my teens and this is my favorite compilation of their CD's with a bit of everything I like.Published on January 22, 2014 by CuriosityHound
You should be aware that this CD omits two selections from the 2 LPs that Green Linnet released from these concerts in the mid-1980s. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by dpa
The essence of this band is live performance, so anything less is just canned Celtic. Much of the fun of listening to it is marvelling at the quality of the musicianship while... Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Jim K.
The CD is in excellent condition as indicated on the marketplace and shipping was very fast. No complaints at all. :)Published on April 13, 2009 by Jonathan Stucklen
The other reviews here pay justice to a truly beautiful album. There is very little in modern Celtic music to match the beauty and sheer exile's pain of Andy Stewart's vocal on... Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by EDL
I grew up with Silly Wizard. My earliest memory of any kind of a concert was as a young boy, probably in '85 or so, dancing in the aisles of a small hall while Silly Wizard played. Read morePublished on November 15, 2007 by SW
Full disclosure: I had an Irish roommate in college who played Celtic and Gaelic music non-stop. I thought for years I didn't like anything remotely like this music because I was... Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Catherine S. Vodrey
"Live Wizardry" is the best collection of Silly Wizard's music that I know of. All my favorite songs are here, displaying the band's most appealing traits: the intensity of crowd... Read morePublished on January 1, 2004 by Brianna Neal
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