Barely causing a ripple upon its 1988 release, Sunshine on Leith, the second album by Edinburgh's the Proclaimers, received new life five years down the road when the infectious "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" became a fluke hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon. Although nothing else on the album quite matches that Top Ten's energy or quirky charm, the duo's (twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid) sophomore effort still manages to be a highly listenable and thoroughly engaging blend of folk and pop with several nods to their Scottish heritage. Many of the lyrics touch upon the subject of domestic and familial bliss as on "Then I Met You"; the jaunty, wide-eyed wonder of "Sean"; and the lovely, waltz-like title track (featuring some gorgeous harmonies). There's a thread of optimism that runs through most of the album only broken on the few occasions when the two stray from the comforts of home and hearth (as on "What Do You Do"). Other standout tracks include the upbeat swagger of "I'm On My Way" and the steel-guitar twang of their cover of Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues."
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Performance CreditsProclaimers Primary Artist
Jerry Donahue Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Cranham Bass
Gerry Hogan Steel Guitar
Judd Lander Harmonica
Dave Mattacks Drums
Stuart Nisbet Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Penny Whistle
Nico Ramsden Electric Guitar
Charlie Reid Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Craig Reid Tambourine,Vocals
Paul Robinson Drums
Dave Whetstone Melodion,Melodeon
Pete Wingfield Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Steve Shaw Fiddle,Mandolin,Piano
Keith Burns Drums
Technical CreditsChris Birkett Engineer
Barry Hammond Engineer
Charlie Reid Composer
Craig Reid Composer
Pete Wingfield Producer
Beeg Al Engineer
Steve Shaw Assistant Arranger
Gavin Evans Cover Photo
Richard Hollywood Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are taking a long trip or you would like to modify some jewish circle dances so the entire floor of your dorm can join in then this is the c.d. for you! It's fun to sing, it's envigorating and brilliant! This is the kind of music that will make your day brighter.
Well,i started liking the song 500 Miles when i heard it on the movie Benny and Joon,and then i got more interested in The Proclaimers.This CD has all the upbeat songs,which i LOVE.
I found this album used, and picked it up for the "500 miles" track. I figured they were probably a "one-hit wonder" band, but when I threw the CD in the player, every song was great! My wife brought the CD into work and was playing it, and a Scottish co-worker did a doubletake when he heard the song and asked her how she had heard about them - I guess they are some kind of a national secret. We drove up to see them in concert in San Francisco, and they do a great show. It was great to be able to see a band this good for $20 in an intimate setting (250 people). This is a band you will be glad that you checked out. The only problem is that sometimes it's tough for a Yank to understand what they are saying as they introduce a song - if they would just flatten their vowels and through the "r" away - nah, just kidding - their Scottish heritage is what makes them such a joy to listen to.