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Old 05-04-2018, 02:04 AM   #1
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What would be your top 3 recordings? For me it would be
Worlds greatest pipers no 1..... say no more .
James Maclean . Land of the best grass
I struggle to fill position three. Too many choice :-)
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:50 AM   #2
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I would have to say The New York Recordings of 1967 by PM Donald MacLeod


Piping Centre: 3rd Recital Series, Vol. II With Gordon Walker & Allan MacDonald

& another I forget the name of, I will have to find it.


I love them! Great sound!



I often think to myself: "Why I didn't get these sooner!?!?"
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Old 05-04-2018, 06:01 AM   #3
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That Land of the Bent Grass is a mighty album, great pick.

Donald MacPherson's Master Piper: literally every time I listen to it I pick out something of interest I hadn't thought about before. Understanding that recording is a lifetime's work.

I think the Vale's Live and Well is the best piece of pipe banding on record.
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:02 AM   #4
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WGP Vol 1 - P/M Angus MacDonald
Anything by Roddy MacLeod
All of the Dr. Dan Reid Memorial recordings
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Old 05-04-2018, 08:01 AM   #5
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As far as soloists go, I really enjoy competition recordings.
Grant's Piping Championship released in 1984.
The 25th Glenfiddich Piping Championship released in 1999 is also enjoyable.

I very much appreciate the second run through of each tune in the MSR afforded by the Grant/Glenfiddich competition.

Otherwise, I have grown tired of solo albums, and band albums to some extent. There are tracks that I will listen to every time they come up, but they generally aren't albums I'll seek out to listen to, say, when running or working. I enjoy getting into grooves and playing a tune once for 25 seconds doesn't do it for me.

When I do listen to pipes, it is mostly in the context of small ensembles. Albums I really enjoy are:

"Hello World" by Lorne MacDougall

"The Long March Home" by Dan Houghton (I started playing this album when I came across it in iTunes while typing this post)

"Revel Grove", "The Wandering Stars", and "Crossing the Sabine" by the Piper Jones Band, self-titled "Brizeus" by Brizeus, and "The Willow" by E.J. Jones (E.J. Jones is the piper in all cases)

Lastly, even though it was released through a Kickstarter campaign, Donald WG Lindsay's "Dreaming Pipes" album featuring his extended range smallpipe chanter is quite enjoyable. I really dig it.
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Old 05-04-2018, 09:34 AM   #6
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Iain MacFadyen - "Master Piper Supreme" (circa 1977?)
Hugh McCallum - "World's Greatest Pipers" series
Stuart Liddell - "Inveroran"
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:23 AM   #7
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William MacCallum - Worlds Greatest Pipers Vol. 14
78th Fraser Highlanders - Live in Ireland
Stuart Liddell - Inveroran

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Old 05-04-2018, 08:14 PM   #8
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Some great ideas here, I don't have the Master Piper supreme so that's one for the collection.
The New York recordings is a favourite , a classic I agree , I found his albums 1+2 online very cheaply on iTunes I think.
John DBurgess made a set of 3albums which I think are brilliant, I just have them on vinyl, but no record player anymore !
Keep the ideas coming folks.
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:04 PM   #9
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Some great ideas here, I don't have the Master Piper supreme so that's one for the collection.
The New York recordings is a favourite , a classic I agree , I found his albums 1+2 online very cheaply on iTunes I think.
John DBurgess made a set of 3albums which I think are brilliant, I just have them on vinyl, but no record player anymore !
Keep the ideas coming folks.
Given the times, "Master Piper Supreme" by Iain MacFadyen was of course released on vinyl and cassette tape. I don't think it was ever made available as a CD when they became available. The sound quality of this recording was very, very high. It was produced by a company named 'Shona Records'.

I recall speaking with 'John D' about his LPs ("King of Highland Pipers" and "The Art of the Highland Bagpipe Volumes 1&2") back on the early 1980s and he said he didn't think that the recording quality reflected his sound well. IIRC John's albums were on the "Topic" label.

A couple of albums were cut by Donald MacPherson when he toured New Zealand circa 1974 - very good material but not quite in my 'top 3'. And again in New Zealand, Bill Boyle recorded an album in the late 1970s ("Bagpipe Virtuoso"??) with some fantastic light music playing but the production quality wasn't the best. I think that this was later rereleased on CD but as I haven't listened to it in this format don't know if any remastering improved the quality. In terms of light music, I'm surprised that so far (unless I've missed it) no one has mentioned P/M Angus MacDonald's "From the Castle".
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Some great ideas here, I don't have the Master Piper supreme so that's one for the collection.
The New York recordings is a favourite , a classic I agree , I found his albums 1+2 online very cheaply on iTunes I think.
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AWW YEAH!!!


Yep, there is quite a bit of recordings on I-tunes, I'm impressed. I just put in "Pipe Major" and there is an excellent selection!
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