Rankin Family Collection

Rankin Family Collection

by The Rankin Family
     
 
Sibling harmony act the Rankins fostered a new appreciation for the Celtic culture of their native Cape Breton Island, basing their blend of Celtic, folk, and country music in the dances, reels, and haunting songs of longing for the Scots homeland. This COLLECTION brings the hits: The wanderer's tale of "Roving Gypsy Boy" recalls a familiar highland figure, but the

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Sibling harmony act the Rankins fostered a new appreciation for the Celtic culture of their native Cape Breton Island, basing their blend of Celtic, folk, and country music in the dances, reels, and haunting songs of longing for the Scots homeland. This COLLECTION brings the hits: The wanderer's tale of "Roving Gypsy Boy" recalls a familiar highland figure, but the story is framed in modern harmony by Jimmy, Raylene, and Cookie Rankin. Usual fiddler John Morris Rankin's piano accents on this and the other twelve tracks on the disc prove that keyboards do indeed have a place in a Celtic band. Determined to pass on their ancestral language, the Rankins occasionally dip into Gaelic songs; here the haunting harmonies of "Fail Il E." "The North Country" is a driving, hopeful portrait of their homeland, and "Gillis Mountain" is a lively dancing tune that recalls the landscapes of both Nova Scotia and Scotland. The quintet proves that Celtic music can really rock with "You Feel the Same Way Too." The enhanced CD portion of the disc includes video clips, photos, and bios as well.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
As one of the key groups to set the Celtic music revolution rolling in Canada, the Rankin Family definitely has their place in the country's musical tapestry. As a compilation of the band's early years, the Rankin Family Collection contains pretty much all the hits, and a fairly good sampling of all the aspects of the band: pop/country, original/traditional, male/female vocals, acoustic/lush. To be fair, the compilation tends to lean away from the more overtly Celtic material that the band does and more toward the polished pop numbers. The CD also contains bonus multimedia material on an enhanced CD program.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661702820
catalogNumber:
617028

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