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Alan Reid - Recollection

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This release is available on CD from Temple Records and all good record shops, and as a digital download from all major CD & download outlets.

Recollection' is a compilation which takes a retrospective look at some of the fine songs Alan Reid wrote during his forty years with Battlefield Band, following his retiral from the group at the end of 2010.

Alan joined Battlefield Band in 1969, at a time when they were morphing from a ‘covers band’, into a ‘folk group’. They quickly became pre-eminent in the emerging Scottish Traditional music scene, becoming established firmly at the forefront and still remaining there today. He travelled the world with them, on every step of their journey - which along the way saw them declared ‘a national treasure’ - and has been involved in over 30 outstanding and critically acclaimed albums. Over the years, while other members came, honed their talents and moved on to develop solo careers, Alan remained in the keyboard engine room, becoming known as the ‘father and son’ of Battlefield Band. So you can imagine that it was a bit of a shock to the band and their fans when in 2010, after four decades, he decided that it was time to bow out, in order to develop his writing and to follow other musical paths and partnerships.

Alan is a fine songwriter - held in high regard by his peers - and his songs cover a great range of subjects and emotions. It has been a pleasure to see where his muse has led him, from broad sweeping historical ballads to perceptive and intense character studies and deceptively simple and engaging love songs. These songs have been an important part of Battlefield Band’s repertoire but, now that he has stepped down, it gives us the opportunity to highlight some of his personal favourites in their own right. These are fine pieces of writing and a record of a distinguished and continuing career in Scottish music but, most importantly of all, they’re just great songs.

OTHER GREAT ARTISTS appearing on this album include: Davy Steele, John McCusker, Karine Polwart, Kate Rusby, Brian McNeill, Mike Katz, Alasdair White, Sean O’Donnell, Ged Foley, Duncan MacGillivray, Alastair Russell, Eric Rigler, Iain MacDonald, Jenny Clark, Gillian MacDonald

Track list:

01: The Road of Tears
02: The Pleasure Will Be Mine
03: The Devil’s Courtship
04: The Green And The Blue
05: The Dear Green Place
06: The Riccarton Tollman’s Daughter
07: The Green Plaid
08: Love No More
09: Jenny O’ The Braes
10: The Gallant Grahams
11: Allan McLean
12: The River
13: I Am The Common Man
14: Three Brothers
15: Jock The Can
16: Whit Can A Lassie Dae?
17: The Arran Convict
18: Christ Has My Hart Ay