Scotland's Best

City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band

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Scotland's Best Review

by Eugene Chadbourne

One of the rare times one would want to have a batch of police coming at them is when this outfit marches up a hill with their bagpipes blazing. Under the strong leadership of pipe major R. Lowrie, a virtuoso player and acknowledged scholar of Scottish traditional music who provides many of the group's arrangements, the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band has created a series of releases that together anthologize quite a chunk of this genre's repertoire. Granted, it would take a pile of albums as tall as a Scotsman to get it all. A medley entitled "Gaeilic Airs, Hornpipe and Jig" is a rousing closer to the first side, while "Slow March, Retreat Air and Quickstep" is somber, like an evocation of being hunted by an oppressive enemy. A. Connell's snappy solo drum fanfare is a terrific introduction to the fine "Pibroch Variation 1," one of the most stunning performances on this solid album.

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