Battlefield Band The Road of Tears

Dirty Linen: "Battlefield Band has decided to present us with a quietly, but stirringly political album..."
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  • Released: March 13, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Temple Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - p.55
"Battlefield Band has decided to present us with a quietly, but stirringly political album..."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.47) - "There are several uptempo pieces...mostly the mood is wistful and reflective....The Batties explore immigration's bittersweet side in various contexts."


Product Description:

Personnel: Alan Reid (vocals, accordion, melodica, keyboards); Alasdair White (whistling, bouzouki, fiddle); Mike Katz (whistling, bouzouki, small pipes, bagpipe, bass guitar).
Photographer: Simon Hollington.
Just because the Battlefield Band has been going for over 30 years doesn't mean they've run out of things to say. On the basis of Road of Tears, they remain quite thought-provoking. If not exactly a concept album, it's certainly a thematic record, around the idea of emigration and populations on the move (for many reasons). That's a perennial topic, but one that retains its currency in this day and age. With a new singer/guitarist (Sean O'Donnell) but customarily fine playing, they tackle a wide range of material, from the original title cut to Robert Burns and even Woody Guthrie -- with, of course, a fair sprinkling of tunes and songs from the tradition. The playing is as stunning as ever, if lovingly understated, and there's a sense of passion and commitment in every performance here. It's almost as if they've found a new cause and new heart. Road of Tears is the best Battlefield Band disc in quite some time. ~ Chris Nickson

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  • UPC: 096045209829
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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