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Anthologies

The Transatlantic LPs — 1970's


5,227,706 Scotsmen Can't Be Wrong!
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  • 5,227,706 Scotsmen Can't Be Wrong!
    • 1971 - Transatlantic TRA SAM 22 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. Biddie McGrath — Matt McGinn: from Honesty Is Out Of the Fashion (XTRA 1071)
    2. The Whistling Duke — Watt Nicoll: from WATTcha! (XTRA 1108)
    3. The Horny Bull — Hamish Imlach: from Two Sides of Hamish Imlach (XTRA 1069)
    4. The Cleansing Man — Matt McGinn: from Honesty Is Out Of the Fashion (XTRA 1071)
    5. Just Made It Legal — Watt Nicoll: from The Ballad of the Bog (XTRA 1062)
    6. The Footba' Referee — Matt McGinn: from Matt McGinn (XTRA 1045)

  • Credits
    • Compiled by Keith Bleasby
    • Front Sleeve design by Dan Pearce

Sleeve Notes

5,227,706 Scotsmen Can't Be Wrong! is a compilation album from the early 70's representing three of Scotland's best known folk singers of the period. All of the material on this record is from other Transatlantic albums with no previously unreleased songs—to my knowledge. All three of these performers possessed a keen sense of humour, with Matt McGinn emerging as the most prolific and accomplished songwriter. Watt Nicoll makes reference to his association with "bog" (toilet) songs and there are 2 prime examples on this record. Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but they are funny. Hamish Imlach, to my thinking, would be considered the more versatile folk performer, although as his career progressed he tended to stick more to the comical songs. For more information on these singers, please visit their respective pages.

Here's tae us
Wha's like us
Gai few
And they're a' deed.

Watt Nicoll, Hamish Imlach, Matt McGinn—three of the best known names on the Scottish folk scene, and equally well known to English audiences through records and occasional sorties South of the Border. If you have ever attended a rousing evening hosted by one of the above named gentlemen, then you have probably laughed along with many of the songs.

We have tried to present here some of the best examples of Scottish humour; the heart-rending tale of a young lady stuck in the loo (Plumbers & Joiners), and a warning to beware of a formidable warlike Amazon (Biddie McGrath) These and other classics are within this sleeve, so loosen your trousers (or elastic), relax, and enjoy.

Keith Bleasby

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The Great Scots Sampler — Volume 2
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  • The Great Scots Sampler — Volume 2
    • 1971—Transatlantic TRA SAM 21 LP

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  • Credits
    • Sleeve Design: Hamish & Gustav Painting
    • Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth
    • Reproduced by courtesy of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Here's To The Irish/The Best Of Irish Folk Music

  • Here's To The Irish/The Best Of Irish Folk Music
    • 1973 - Metronome/Transatlantic DALP 2/1912 LP (x2) (Germany)

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  • Side Two
    1. Pretty Little Girl From Omagh (McCauley) — Larry Cunningham
    2. The Lonesome Boatman (Traditional) — Finbar & Eddie Furey: from The Lonesome Boatman (TRA 191)
    3. Cailerch An Airgid (Trad., arr. Johnston/Moloney/Brady) — The Johhstons: from The Johnstons (TRA 169)
    4. The Hurricane's Victory & The Providence Reel — The Glenside Ceilidh Band
    5. Sullivan's John (Pecker Dunne) — Sweeney's Men: from Sweeney's Men (TRA 170)
    6. Victoria (Brien ma Barber) — The Grehan Sisters: from On the Galtymore Mountains (TRA160)
  • Side Four
    1. The Exile's Jig (Trad., arr. Woods/Irvine/Moynihan) — Sweeney's Men: from Sweeney's Men (TRA 170)
    2. The Lambs On The Green Hills (Colin O'Cochlainn) — The Johhstons: from The Johnstons (TRA 169)
    3. The Spanish Cloak (Traditional) — Finbar & Eddie Furey: from Finbar & Eddie Furey (TRA 168)
    4. The Golden Jubilee (Traditional) — The Glenside Ceilidh Band: from TRA 159)
    5. The Cook In The Kitchen (Trad., arr. Dubliners) — The Dubliners: from More Of The Dubliners (TRA EP 152)
    6. The Orange & The Green (Tony Murphy) — The Grehan Sisters — previously unreleased

  • Credits
    • Cover: H.Dofflein
    • Distributed by Metronome Records GmbH

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Scottish Folk Scene
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  • Scottish Folk Scene
    • 1974 - Metronome/Transatlantic DALP 2/1955 LP (x2) (Germany)

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  • Side Two
    1. Freedom Forward — Watt Nicoll: from Watt is a Four Letter Word (XTRA 1073)
    2. Battle Of The Somme — Ian Cambpell Folk Group: from Contemporary Campbells (TRA 137)
    3. A Man's A Man For A' That Ian Cambpell: from Tam O'Shanter (XTRA 1074)
    4. McPherson's Farewell — Hamish Imlach: from Before and After (XTRA 1059)
    5. Dainty Davy — Eddie Furey: from Finbar & Eddie Furey (TRA 168)
    6. Mormond Braes — Alex Campbell: from Alex Campbell (XTRA 1014)
  • Side Three
    1. Remote Control — Watt Nicoll: from The Ballad of the Bog (XTRA 1062)
    2. Highland Harry — Ian Cambpell Folk Group: from Four Highland Songs (TRA EP 146)
    3. The Terror Time Archie Fisher: from Archie Fisher (XTRA 1070)
    4. The Flower Of Northumberland — The Johnstons: from The Barley Corn (TRA 185)
    5. Bogie's Bonny Belle — Archie Fisher: from Archie Fisher (XTRA 1070)
    6. Whisky Drinkers — Watt Nicoll: from The Ballad of the Bog (XTRA 1062)
  • Side Four
    1. Early In The Morning — Watt Nicoll: from WATTcha! (XTRA 1108)
    2. Love Is Teasin', Love Is Pleasin' — Alex Campbell: from Alex Campbell (XTRA 1014)
    3. Three Gipsies — Archie Fisher: from Archie Fisher (XTRA 1070)
    4. Come All Ye Tramps And Hawkers Luke Kelly: from The Dubliners (with Luke Kelly) (TRA 116)
    5. Nancy Whisky (The Calton Weaver) — Hamish Imlach: from Ballads of Booze (XTRA 1094)
    6. Can Ye Sew Cushions — Ian Cambpell Folk Group: from New Impressions (TRA 151)

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Irish Folk Scene
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  • Irish Folk Scene
    • 1974 - Metronome/TransatlanticDALP 2/1958 LP (x2) (Germany)

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  • Side Two
    1. Will You Come To The Bower — The Dubliners: from Finnegan Wakes (TRA 139)
    2. Madam Bonaparte — Finbar Furey: from Traditional Irish Pipe Music (XTRA 1077)
    3. The Fenians From Cahirciveen — The Johnstons: from The Barley Corn (TRA 185)
    4. Joseph's Reel / A Trip To Durrow — The Johnstons: from The Barley Corn (TRA 185)
    5. The Lambs On The Green Hill — The Johnstons: from The Johnstons (TRA169)
  • Side Three
    1. The Spanish Lady — The Johnstons: from Bitter Green (TRA 211)
    2. The Bonnie Bunch Of Roses — Finbar Furey: from Traditional Irish Pipe Music (XTRA 1077)
    3. Home Boys Home — The Dubliners: from The Dubliners (TRA 116)
    4. Come To The Hills Finbar Furey & Eddie Furey: from Finbar & Eddie Furey (TRA 168)
    5. The Music Of The Glen — The Glenside Ceili Band)
    6. Wild Rover — The Dubliners: from The Dubliners (TRA 116)
  • Side Four
    1. Roddy McCorley — The Dubliners: from In Concert (TRA 124)
    2. The Lonesome Boatman — Finbar Furey & Eddie Furey: from The Lonesome Boatman (TRA 191)
    3. Caillerch An Airgid — The Johnstons: from The Johnstons (TRA169)
    4. Rambler From Clare — The Johnstons: from The Johnstons (TRA169)
    5. I'll Tell My Ma — The Dubliners: from The Dubliners (TRA 116)
    6. The Spanish Cloak — Finbar Furey & Eddie Furey: from Finbar & Eddie Furey (TRA 168)

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If It Wasnae For Your Wellies!
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  • If It Wasnae For Your Wellies!
    • 1974 - Transatlantic XTRA 1144 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. Talking Blues — Billy Connolly (previously unissued)
    2. Four Ditties — Bobby Eaglesham: from Bobby Eaglesham (XTRA 1137)
    3. Greenfields of Dundee — Watt Nicoll: from The Ballad of The Bog (XTRA 1062)
    4. One Eyed Reilly Ian Campbell Folk Group: from Sampler (TRA SAM4)
    5. Poisoning The Students Minds — Hamish Imlach: from Old Rarity (XTRA 1121)
    6. The Weatherman — Watbt Nicoll: from Wattcha! (XTRA 1108)

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Transatlantic - The Vintage Years: Volume 1
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  • Transatlantic - The Vintage Years: Volume 1
    • 1978 - Transatlantic MTRA 2001 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Light Flight — Pentangle
    2. Travel Away — Humblebums
    3. My Friend Upon The Road — Richard Digance
    4. Byker Hill — Dave Swarbrick With Martin Carthy
    5. Spiral Staircase — Ralph McTell
    6. Continental Trailways Bus The Johnstons: from If I Sang My Song (TRA 251)
  • Side Two
    1. Off To Dublin In The Green The Dubliners: from Surrounded By Water & Off To Dublin In The Green (TRA SP 8)
    2. Mary Skeffington — Gerry Rafferty
    3. Rosemary Lane — Bert Jansch
    4. The Kincora Jig / Behind The Haystack — Boys Of The Lough
    5. White House Blues — John Renbourn
    6. Up To Now — Dransfield

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Best Of Irish Folk (The Vintage Years Volume 2)
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  • Best Of Irish Folk (The Vintage Years Volume 2)
    • 1978 - Transatlantic MTRA 2002 LP

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  • Side One
    1. St. Patrick's Breastplate — Royston and Heather Wood
    2. Paidin O Raifeartaigh — Dhun Ramha
    3. Foggy Dew — Hamish Imlach: from Hamish Imlach (XTRA 1039)
    4. Three Pieces By O'Carolan — John Renbourn
    5. Madame Bonaparte — Finbar Furey: from Traditional Irish Pipe Music (XTRA 1077)
  • Side Two
    1. The Lament For Limerick — The Boys Of The Lough
    2. Roisin Dubh — The Dubliners: from In Concert (TRA 124)
    3. Chanter's Tune/An Samhradh Crua/Green Fields Of Rossbeigh/Murphys — Na Fili
    4. The Spanish Lady — The Johnstons: from Bitter Green (TRA 211)
    5. The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure — Dave Swarbrick

  • Credits
    • Compiled by John Briley

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Best of Scottish Folk (The Vintage Years Volume 3)
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  • Best of Scottish Folk (The Vintage Years Volume 3)
    • 1978 - Transatlantic MTRA 2003 LP

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  • Credits
    • Sleeve Notes by Rex Anderson Compilation by John Brilev
    • Collated by Sound Associates Studios
    • London Series art direction by Colin Dresner
    • © 1978 Logo Records


Sleeve Notes

Going to Scotland is the nearest you can get in the British Isles to going abroad without crossing the sea. It really is a totally different country with different scenery, architecture, attitudes and culture. The folk music of Scotland is known throughout the world because the music of Scotland says more about the country and its inhabitants than anything else. But this is not a boring cultural record. Scottish traditional music it may be, and largely performed by Scots, but anyone with an artistic soul will recognise that this is basically just sheer entertainment. Scottish folk songs are like the evergreens of popular western music: they have a quality that makes every new performance of them enjoyable and they never seem to go stale.

Perhaps with the exception of "The Skye Boat Song" performed here by the McCalmans, very few of the other titles on this album will be recognised by any other than the folk aficionados. But the melodies are all instantly recognisable, as are the artists.

Here we have Alex Campbell, for example, who was perhaps most important in the van of recorded British folk music in the early sixties, just before the great revival. The Ian Campbell Group too did much to popularise Scottish and Northern English folk music during the same period. Hamish Imlach has been an influence on everyone in the folk world, whether they know it or not, as has Archie Fisher.

And there are plenty of other names on this carefully compiled album, not least of them Dave Swarbrick, who is not Scottish, but who cares.

This album presents the complete breadth of Scottish music from laments to reels. A veritable treasure chest for the enthusiast and an extremely entertaining forty-odd minutes for the casual listener.

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