The Best of Eddi Reader: Her life, art and her persistence that is truly Scottish
30 Song career spanning remastered Double CD.
Compiled by Tom Rose. Mastered by Mark Freegard
My introduction to the beautiful voice of Eddi Reader was through the TV program of Jools Holland. I think she was promoting her album Angels and Electricity. What a gorgeous voice! I started paying attention to her releases.That is why I am gushing all over when I got the chance to review her 2-disk Best of Album. The Best of Eddi Reader takes us to several decades of music- when she shot into international recognition with Fairground Attraction up until her more recent Celtic influenced music.
The album has 30 songs and it is eclectic. You can hear original pinned tunes as well as covers-I love her version of Declan O’Rourke’s Galileo-a song that has been covered by many artists. She closes the collection with Henry Mancini’s Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her voice is bright and clear as sunrise.It is a fine instrument of nuance (delicate as rose petals) and with heartbreaking intensity that is very Scottish. Her music combines influences from American Rockabilly, fifties standards, traditional Scottish and pop. There is always something for everyone, in this album.
Her gifts extend to acting as well. She played Jolene Jowett, a singer and accordionist, in John Byrne’s Your Cheatin’ Heart,a comedy-drama series for BBC Television, set in the country music scene in Scotland. In 2009, she performed in period-drama Me and Orson Welles, and starring Zac Efron, and Claire Danes, performing a song in a style of 50s standard.
She is also a prominent advocate of the Yes Scotland movement. In fact, Reader is writing a book f(or publication in 2016) about her great-uncle Seamus Reader, who was head of the Scottish Brigade of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, when the Irish War of Independence broke out in 1919, later becoming a founder of the abortive Scottish Republican Army, which attempted to replicate the Irish struggle in Scotland between the wars.
The Best of Eddi Reader is a closer look at her interesting musical career and which makes her a fascinating Scottish treasure. Call her feisty or amazing-she’s got it all covered, being able to maintain a multi-faceted career which continues to enchant listeners and will continue to do so.
- Find My Love
- Patience of Angels
- Dear John
- What You Do With What You’ve Got
- Kiteflyers Hill
- Wings On My Heels
- Muddy Water
- Leezie Lindsay
- My Love Is LIke A Red Red Rose
- Wild Mountainside
- Love Is The Way
- Baby’s Boat
- My Old Friend The Blues
- Semi Precious
- The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon
- Willie Stewart
- Ae Fond Kiss
- New York City
- Follow My Tears
- Snowflakes In The Sun
- Love Is A Losing Game
- Moon River
You can buy the album here: http://www.eddireader.co.uk/music/the-best-of
Thanks to Daly Communications.