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7-11-2014, 18:12

Capercaillie - Crosswinds (1987)

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Capercaillie - Crosswinds (1987)

Artist: Capercaillie
Title Of Album: Crosswinds
Year Of Release: 1987
Country: Scotland
Label: Green Linnet ‎/ GLCD 1077
Genre: Folk, Celtic
Format: MP3/FLAC (Tracks)+Cue+Log
Quality: CBR 320 kbps/Lossless
Total Time: 44 min 42 sec
Total Size: 108/253 Mb + scans


01. Puirt a Beul/Snug in a Blanket (06:11)
02. Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh (03:28)
03. Glen Orchy/Rory MacLeod (03:40)
04. Am Buachaille Ban (03:36)
05. The Haggis (06:01)
06. Brenda Stubbert's Set (03:35)
07. Ma Theid Mise Tuilleagh (03:02)
08. David Glen's (04:33)
09. Urnaigh a 'Bhan-Thigreach (03:08)
10. My Laggan Love/Fox on the Town (04:26)
11. An Ribhinn Donn (02:56)

On the band's debut album, you can hear Capercaillie mapping out what would become its signature sound -- a musical style built on a deep foundation of Celtic tradition but incorporating modern technology and dance-oriented rhythms. It's a fusion that makes purist folkies cringe, but Capercaillie has achieved significant success with it. Crosswinds is more traditional than the band's later efforts; although synthesized keyboards and distinctly non-Celtic percussion are used throughout, the album is dominated by sets of traditional dance tunes and songs like "My Lagan Love." If there's a complaint to be made at all, it's that the lustrous voice of Karen Matheson is too rarely placed front and center. She opens the album with a lovely piece of puirt a beul (a rhythmic singing style used in Scotland to accompany dancing), and practically steals the show with her rendition of the gorgeous "Soraidh Bhuam Gu Barraidh." The instrumentals are also excellent, but not quite as distinctive as her singing -- strangely, the funk basslines that play such an important part in Capercaillie's musical strategy are kept far back in the mix.

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