Saturday, February 5, 2011

Old Blind Dogs - Close to the Bone (Scotland 1993) @320

Their second CD was Close to the Bone. Every Old Blind Dogs album consists of two elements: superb songs and tasty tunes. An example of the latter is "Linden Rise," a driving reel composed by Jonny Cunningham of Silly Wizard fame. The percussive backbeat is part of a wall of sound of guitar, fiddle, and bass. Likewise, "MacPherson's Rant" is a lovely version of a song written by James MacPherson, who was hanged at Banff in the year 1700. (This is appropriate, as many of the protagonists of OBD songs come to very bad ends.) Other highlights of this album are two songs familiar to any fan of Celtic music: "Cruel Sister" and "Twa Corbies." The very thick Scottish burr of Ian Benzie adds a cold, horrific feel to songs that are already depressing enough as "Cruel Sister" has the rib cage of a murdered sister turned into a harp that sings the tale of the murder, and "Twa Corbies" has two ravens
feasting on the flesh of a dead knight. (Both are from Francis James Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads.)
~ Jack B. Merry, GreenManReview

01. Kilbogie
02. Linden Rise
03. The Cruel Sister
04. The Honeymoon Reel/ Kings/The Clayslaps Reel
05. The Twa Corbies
06. The Universal Hall/ The Nuptial Knot/The Barlinnie Highlander
07. MacPherson's Rant/The Winging
08. Seonaidh Mor/The Fall/Dick Gossops
09. Margaret Cromar
10. The Trooper and The Maid or The Trumpet Sounds At Burreldales
11. The Broken Pledge/Claggy's Dilemma/Hamilton's Jig
12. Jean O'Bethelnie (Glenlogie)

Ian F. Benzie (guitar, vocals)
Jonny Hardie (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, backing vocals)
Buzby McMillan (cittern, bass)
Davy Cattanach (percussion)
Iain Clavey (Mandole)



David "Discipline" said...

A very exquisite band. Excellent songs and performance as well.
Tks for sharing.

TonyB said...

Just listening to this. It's really very good indeed. Cruel Sister is quite special.

I'd heard the name but never their music. Thanks very much for this.

The Countess said...

Had not heard this one yet. Thanks!

Mel O'Doubt said...

Thanks boss : ) Nice work !

treefrogdemon said...

Hi, Crimson Pirate: I haven't been around for a while, and I'm well impressed by your new very fast links! Thanks very much for the Old Blind Dogs albums - great band.

CrimsonKing said...


Close to the Bone


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