Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

by The Proclaimers


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Sunshine on Leith

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094632166821
catalogNumber: 3216682
Rank: 31461

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Proclaimers   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 Credits

Chris 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

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Sunshine on Leith [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.