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Smuggler 1975

by McCalmans

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Smuggler 04:26
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Gardens 01:52
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Mount and Go 02:30
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Bar-Room 03:10
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Nagasaki 01:17
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Johnnie Cope 02:05
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about

From the albums of the sixties and seventies I suppose "Smuggler" was considered by many to be our best album. It sold very well. Asked to do album, and paying us a fair amount of advance royalties, Transatlantic offered The Macs a chance to record at Chipping Norton Studios, which recorded "Baker Street" ( Gerry Rafferty), 500 Miles (Proclaimers) and many other classics. "Smuggler" was not a classic in those terms but we were pleased with it. The studio had also overnight accommodation for the artists so we had a brilliant time while we were there. Amazing we got an album out of it. Ritchie Gold was flown over from the USA to produce it and we met him off the plane. First day: super-cool and smoking funny cigarettes, third day: funny, great craic and downing pints of heavy. Result!
This Bandcamp recording has no scratches, because it's straight from the master.
Incidentally, I've inserted the original cover photo of the group under the guise of "track art" on Track 1.

credits

released May 5, 1975

Recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire.
Producer: Ritchie Gold
Engineer: Barry Hammond
Cover photo and design: Douglas and Ian McCalman

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McCalmans Edinburgh, UK

Formed 1964, Edinburgh, studying Architecture. Ian McCalman, Derek Moffat, Hamish Bayne, for 18years.Then McCalman, Moffat, Nick Keir for 27yrs. Then McCalman, Keir, Stephen Quigg for 9yrs. 27 albums, multiple TV series. World tours. "Best live act" award, "Hall of Fame", "Hamish Henderson award", recorded 400 songs, retired 2010. folk singers, writers, talkers, travellers, Love Scotland. Friends! ... more

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