Music-Folk Scene: The Corries, The Proclaimers, Melody Gardot

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Listening this week to:  a cool duo, cool twins and a cool American jazz croonette

The Corries – Live From Scotland Volumes 1 & 2 (1974 & 1975)
The Corries (Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne)  – a phenomenon.  ‘Flower O’ Scotland’ was a hit at the height of a first fragile movement towards Scottish independence, when 25,000 people took part in the annual Bannockburn Day march.

 

Listening this week to:  a cool duo, cool twins and a cool American jazz croonette

The Corries – Live From Scotland Volumes 1 & 2 (1974 & 1975)
The Corries (Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne)  – a phenomenon.  ‘Flower O’ Scotland’ was hit at the height of a first fragile movement towards Scottish independence, when 25,000 people took part in the annual Bannockburn Day march.

Great singers, musicians and songwriters at the height of their powers, Volume 1 contains many of their most popular songs and a fine version of ‘Flower O’ Scotland’ – Scotland’s national anthem – by popular acclaim.  Also within Vol. 1 is to be found the best version of ‘The Roses of Prince Charlie’ and other favourites, including their stirring version of burns’ ‘Hugh The Graeme’.  It is of course not possible here to please all of the Corries’ fans all of the time but one can at least say these 2 digitally remastered albums are beloved national treasures.  Live From Scotland Volume 2 is sold with Volume 1.

Live From Scotland Volume 1 (album versions of the songs have been linked in preference)
Track: (1) Fallaldy (2) Mingulay Boat Song (3) Lads Among The Heather (4) A Scottish Holiday (5) Hugh The Graeme (6) Maggie Lauder (7) The Roses of Prince Charlie (8) Dark Lochnagar (9) Loch Tay Boat Song (10) The M,hm Song (11) Flower Of Scotland

The Corries singing Flower Of Scotland

Bonus: Amy McDonald leading the troops with ‘Flower O’ Scotland’

Live From Scotland Volume 2
(1) Lock the Door, Lariston (2) Sunday Driver (3) Come O’er The Stream Charlie (4) King Fareweel (5) Yur Losin’ Them (6) Ettrick Lady (7) Nancy Whisky (8) Sae Will We Yet (9) Lord Yester (10) Reivers Galley (11) La-di-dum (12) Johnny Ra (13) Macpherson’s Rant

The Proclaimers – The Best of The Proclaimers (2002/2007)
Identical twin brothers, Charlie and Craig Reid struck a chord with music fans and are perhaps best known for their songs ‘Letter from America’, ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ and ‘King of the Road’ – all lively original off-beat popular music hits which sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.  These songs make you feel good – no accident they’ve got a blond Buddy Holly thing going on.

There is something honest and fun in their music that directly connects with people.  Infectious melodies, fine vocal harmonies, ear-catching Scottish accents and smart witty lyrics – who can fail to be tickled by the line from ‘Cap In Hand’, “I can say Saskatchewan without starting to stutter”… I tried, I can’t.

The band recently had two of their tracks, ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ featured on ‘Scotland’s Greatest Album’ (2011).  Their popular hits are all here, all digitally remastered and all to be played as often as possible to the positive benefit of your mental health.  The band’s next studio album is expected in 2012. 

Track: (1) Letter from America (2) There’s a Touch (3) Let’s Get Married (4) I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (5) The Doodle Song (6) I’m on My Way (7) King of the Road (8) Ghost of Love (9) Throw the R Away (10) What Makes You Cry? (11) Sunshine On Leith (12) When You’re in Love (13) Cap in Hand (14) I Want To Be A Christian (15) Act of Remembrance (16) Lady Luck (17) Make My Heart Fly (18) The Light (19) The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues (20) Oh Jean (21) I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (Comic Relief version) (Extra track on 2007 version)

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
(Comic Relief version) (Extra track on 2007 version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJqOZjMx2ig

Bonus: – Brilliant video! – The end of David Tennant as Doctor Who cast and crew special – the best Doc Who since… ever.
– Proclaimers interview : Heaven and Earth 2007 Interview and Unguarded Moments

Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill (2009)
A triple grammy award winning American jazz album – is that important?  No.  What is important is Melody Gardot wrote many of the songs herself and her music is enchanting.

The opening song is a 1950s jazz groove with ‘Baby I’m a Fool’ contrasted by the next track – the charming sambaesque ‘If The Stars Were Mine’.  The album has several dark moody moments, none more so than her piano-horn classic ‘Your Heart Is as Black as Night’. As the album progresses, the era of the torch singer returns when Melody croons ‘The Rain’ and ‘Deep Within the Corners of My Mind’.  If you’re in the mood for a late night pondering of midnight thoughts then you won’t be lonely…

(1) Baby I’m a Fool (2) If the Stars Were Mine (3) Who Will Comfort Me (4) Your Heart Is As Black As Night (5) Lover Undercover (6) Our Love Is Easy (7) Les Etoiles (8) The Rain (9) My One and Only Thrill (10) Deep Within the Corners of My Mind (11) Over the Rainbow (12) If the Stars Were Mine (Orchestral Version)

Baby I’m a Fool

Bonus: Who Will Comfort Me (Live Abbey Road 2009)