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Old 07-23-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default CD - World's Greatest Pipers Vol. 10 - James McGillivray - 1992

- 5/5 bananas. Excellent CD.

Running Time 46 mins.

I purchased this CD on the recommendation of the forum as one of the top CDs to own. I have to heartily agree - everyone should own this.
This CD has 11 tracks, most of which have multiple tunes including jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches. Track 11 is a piobaireachd.
The playing is amazing, and the recording quality is quite good. I couldn't even begin to criticize a single thing on the CD. I'd say the man is a machine, except the musical expression is far too good to have been done by a machine. Every note of every embellishment is crystal clear and perfectly executed. Buy it, play it over and over . You'll find new things to listen to each time.
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Old 07-23-2004, 07:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: CD - World's Greatest Pipers Vol. 10 - James McGillivray - 1992

I just picked this one up too. I agree that it is very well done and features many nice tunes. I agree with the statement regarding the embellishments -- it is was one of the first things I noticed.

I did not enjoy the piobaireachd, however. Not the playing -- which is superb -- but the music itself.

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Old 07-23-2004, 08:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: CD - World's Greatest Pipers Vol. 10 - James McGillivray - 1992

This is one of those recordings which defines what good piping is. The perfection of technique and exemplary musicianship make this a truly landmark recording. I wish there could have been two (or more!) piobaireachds - Jim's playing of "The McGregor's Salute" is absolutely inspirational.

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Old 07-25-2004, 12:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: CD - World's Greatest Pipers Vol. 10 - James McGillivray - 1992

You know, I'd rather play Piobaireachd than try to spell it.
Anyhow, reactions to P. seem very polarized. My wife couldn't stand to listen to it, my 8-year-old son thought it was awesome. I had to listen 2 or 3 times to be sure I liked it.
If you like P., you'll love the way he does it on this CD. The combination of perfect execution of complex fingering with beautiful musical expression is breathtaking.
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Old 07-25-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Default Re: CD - World's Greatest Pipers Vol. 10 - James McGillivray - 1992

I love piobaireachd -- just not the "The McGregor's Salute." It ranks low on the list of those that I've heard -- it's very boring to me. I should have been more clear about that in my earlier post. Anyway, we all know what they say about opinions... And who am I to judge!
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Old 07-26-2004, 07:24 AM   #6
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Hmm, I'll confess I haven't heard much P. (I've given up spelling it out). Certainly what McGillivray does blows away the couple locals I've heard! I'll have to listen to a lot more P. to be able to give an informed opinion. I agree the central theme seems very simple, but I don't know enough to judge whether that's normal.
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Old 07-26-2004, 08:12 AM   #7
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No one has mentioned that the CD includes the definitive recording of Jim's 6/8 March, "Duncan McGillivray, Chief Steward." A modern classic.

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Old 07-26-2004, 08:59 AM   #8
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No one has mentioned that the CD includes the definitive recording of Jim's 6/8 March, "Duncan McGillivray, Chief Steward." A modern classic.

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You're absolutely right! I was actually going to post something to that effect in my original message, but stopped short. The 6/8's on this CD really swing!
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