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Spirit of the Glen
     

Spirit of the Glen

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by Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
 
Back in 1972, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards or, to give them their full title, the Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, had one of the surprise hits of the year, even one of the surprise hits of the whole decade with a bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace." It turned out to be the biggest selling single of the year and they followed that

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Back in 1972, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards or, to give them their full title, the Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, had one of the surprise hits of the year, even one of the surprise hits of the whole decade with a bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace." It turned out to be the biggest selling single of the year and they followed that with the album Farewell to the Greys, which became one of the biggest selling albums of 1972, although ineligible for the main charts due to its low price and the chart policy on pricing at that time. It spent 14 weeks at number one on the separate mid-price charts in the early 1970s. Bagpipes had been used in mainstream pop records before, but never as the main instrument (or the only instrument) and certainly not by a real military band. After a couple of further minor hit singles, "Heykens Serenade" and "Little Drummer Boy," they disappeared back to their barracks (and Iraq), but continued performing at tattoo and military band festivals all around the world. 35 years later, the public's insatiable appetite, especially at Christmas, for soft MOR albums featuring a variety of ethnic instruments whether they be pan pipes, saxophones, or bagpipes, was strong enough for Universal Classics and Jazz, the specialty record label for anything slightly off the wall, classical, jazz, opera, instrumentals, or MOR, signed the band to a lucrative deal at the end of November, and released Spirit of the Glen. Opening the album with the most obvious of tracks, their big hit "Amazing Grace," set the scene for a different type of bagpipe album altogether, for unlike Farewell to the Greys, this was an album that added strings and horns where appropriate, other instruments, and, horror of horrors on "Mull of Kintyre," even a lilting vocalist. So it was a little misleading to show a lone piper on the cover set against a background of wild and rugged country and a Scottish loch at sunset. That was not to say that the album didn't deliver what it said it would, for the drone of the bagpipes was undoubtedly the major sound, just not the only one, turning Spirit of the Glen into a free-for-all, MOR instrumental album (with some vocals) but one not really all that evocative of Scotland, especially when the tracks included "Last of the Mohicans," "Dances with Wolves," and Pachelbel's "Canon," although there was a Scottish medley featuring "Flower of Scotland," "The Skye Boat Song," and "The Dark Isle," as well as other very traditional tracks in "Highland Cathedral," "Over the Hills and Far Away," and "The Green Hills of Tyrol," but what would at first glance appear to be a Scottish song, "Caledonia," was a vocal performance with hardly a bagpipe in sight.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Fontana Universal
UPC:
0602517471597
catalogNumber:
25174715
Rank:
10896

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards   Primary Artist
Steve Balsamo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jon Cohen   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Cliff Masterson   Track Performer
Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes/Drums   Drums
Lance Corporal S.L. Black   Group Member
Trooper AF Bokas   Group Member
Corporal SJA Brennan   Group Member
Corporal DF Brown   Group Member
Corporal JI Bruce   Group Member
Lance Corporal AE Clements   Group Member
Trooper JR Clements   Group Member
Czech Film Orchestra   Track Performer
Corporal D.A. Dodds   Group Member
Darren Loveday   Guitar
Lance Corporal M.A. Lovell   Group Member
Lance Corporal S.R. Matthies   Group Member
Lance Corporal G. McLaughlan   Group Member
Corporal A.H. McMinn   Group Member
Trooper G. Millar   Group Member
Lance Corporal A. Mowbray   Group Member
Trooper G.R. Mowbray   Group Member
Corporal R.A. Munro   Human Whistle,Group Member
Lance Corporal M.J. Munro   Group Member
Trooper J. O'Hanlon   Group Member
Craftsman D. O'Hare   Group Member
Pipe Major D.W.J. Potter   Bagpipes,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Corporal T. Pride   Group Member
Trooper D. Richardson   Group Member
Trooper S. Stewart   Group Member
Corporal C. Stone   Group Member
Trooper L.T. Vula   Group Member
Trooper A.C. Warren   Group Member
Will Martin   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Johann Pachelbel   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Smith   Engineer
Denny Laine   Composer
Ed Logan   Engineer
Gavin Sutherland   Composer
Scott Skinner   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jon Cohen   Arranger,Programming,Producer
John Ellerton   Composer
Ben Woolnaugh   Engineer

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Spirit of the Glen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TchDawn More than 1 year ago
It's fabulous! The music is superb and the vocals are excellent! I'm hooked on Last of the Mohicans and Dances with Wolves. Very moving! Very professional. I play it on my car's CD player. The music surrounds me, and I'm entranced! Love the Pachelbel Canon in D with bagpipes, no less! Great CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really very moving CD complete with Bagpipes, Drums and Band. Theme song from Dances With Wolves and Last of the Mohicans and Hector the Hero very beautiful and moving.