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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item number: ZNL 2098
- Released: March 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Temple Records
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."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.The Road of Tears
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Ely Parker: Miss Martin's Wedding / The Primrose Lassies / Mr. Gallway Goes to Washington
- $0.99 on iTunes3.The Emigrant
- $0.99 on iTunes4.The Highlander's Farewell to Ireland: Farewell to Ireland / Put Me in the Big Chest
- $0.99 on iTunes5.The Slaves Lament
- $0.99 on iTunes6.The Moleskin Kilt: The Empty Glen
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Out In Australia at Last
- $0.99 on iTunes8.The Patagonia Islanders: The Low County Dance / Don Juan McKenna's Jig
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Haro Strait
- $0.99 on iTunes10.To A Mouse
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Take Me The Sea
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Plane Wreck at Los Gatos
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Sweet Molly: The Symmetry /
- $0.99 on iTunes14.I Cried
- $0.99 on iTunes15.Mary's Dream: The Mountain Dairy Maid / The Nameless Migrant
- $0.99 on iTunes16.Five Bridges To Cross
- $0.99 on iTunes17.The Green and The Blue (Live)
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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