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Hamish Imlach: Compilations


The Hamish Imlach Sampler (Volume 1)
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  • The Hamish Imlach Sampler (Volume 1)
    • 1969 - Transatlantic TRASAM 9 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Tall Tale [5]
    2. Its Better in the dark [3]
    3. The Oyster Girl [4]
    4. The Twa Corbies [4]
    5. The Wind Blew the Bonny Lassies Pladie Awa [3]
  • Side Two
    1. Men of Knoydart or Cumbie Boys [1] [7]
    2. The Coppers Song [5]
    3. I am a Miller [5]
    4. The Clapped Out Motor Car [6]
    5. Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice [1]
    6. The Scottish Breakaway [2]

  • Notes:
    • This is one of the few Hamish Imlach LPs not in my collection, therefore information on this release comes from other sources.
      1. Apparently, there are two versions of this record, containing either "Men of Knoydart" or "Cumbie Boys" — both from his first album.

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All Round Entertainer
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  • All Round Entertainer
    • 1973 - Transatlantic TRASAM 31 LP
      • Volume 2 of the Hamish Imlach Sampler

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  • Side One
    1. The McGreggors [3]
    2. The Mountain Dew [4]
    3. The Gaudie [1]
    4. The 37 Bus [5]
    5. I Got Fooled [3]
    6. The Calton Weaver [4]
  • Side Two
    1. The Soldier's Prayer [1]
    2. MacPherson's Farewell [5]
    3. History Of Football [3]
    4. Lang Johnny Moore [5]
    5. Little Maggie [4]

  • Credits
    • Produced by Nathan Joseph (Tracks: 1, 3-5, 7-9)
    • Produced by Bill Leader (Tracks: 2, 6, 10 & 11)
    • Co-ordination: Laurence Aston
    • Art Direction: Ann Sullivan
    • Illustration: Rodney Matthews - Plastic Dog Graphics

Sleeve Notes

Hamish Imlach is a big subject to discuss in a few words, and any attempt to give a picture in the round is doomed to failure. But one can at least say that for years he has been one of the folk scene's biggest successes.

Joking apart, both on and offstage, Hamish is definitely larger than life. He laughs enormously and infectiously, often at his own jokes (which are usually of such monumental awfulness that they are, for me, superb!). He talks expansively and entertainingly by the hour, with an apparently inexhaustible mixture of the bawdy, the shaggy-dog and the fantastic. He is, in the best sense of the word, a true Rabelaisian. He seems to enjoy everything that comes his way, and has the rare and priceless gift of sharing that enjoyment both in his act and in casual conversation.

He is, above all, an entertainer in the old manner, when personality was at least important as a good script.

When I interviewed Hamish recently, he observed that, though he includes traditional songs in his act, he doesn't consider himself in any way a traditional artist. If someone hears me sing something traditional and is persuaded to listen to the real thing, then I'm happy.

Similarly, if anyone listening to this second Hamish Imlach sampler is led on to the real thing (the original albums), then I'll be happy too.

As, indeed, will Hamish!

FRED WOODS, MAY 1973


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The Definitive Transatlantic Collection
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  • The Definitive Transatlantic Collection
    • 1997 - Castle ESM CD522 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. It's Better In The Dark [2]
    2. Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice [1]
    3. Johnny O'Breadislee [1]
    4. Erin Go Bragh [1]
    5. If It Wasn't For The Unions [1]
    6. Foggy Dew [1]
    7. Copper's Song [3]
    8. McPherson's Farewell [3]
    9. 37 Bus [3]
    10. Jean Harlow (Died The Other Day-Several Times) [4]
    11. Clapped Out Motorcar [4]
    12. McGreggors [4]
    13. Anthony Riley [4]
    14. Beer Is Best [5]
    15. Little Maggie [5]
    16. Goodbye Booze [5]
    17. Calton Weaver [5]
    18. Clive's Song [6]
    19. Cuckoo [6]
    20. Kilbogie [6]
    21. Bluebird [7]
    22. Jenny Jenkins [7]
    23. Travelling Rhythm [7]

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Cod Liver Oil & Orange Juice
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  • Cod Liver Oil & Orange Juice
    • 2006 - Castle CMDDD1369 CD

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  • CD One
    1. Johnny O'Breadislee [1]
    2. Men Of Knoydart [1]
    3. Zoological Gardens [1]
    4. Street Songs [1]
    5. Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice [1]
    6. If It Wasn't For The Unions [1]
    7. Black Is The Colour [1]
    8. I Was A Grey Spark In My Time [2]
    9. Whiskey You're The Devil [2]
    10. Early Morning Blues [2]
    11. Ballad Of Timothy Evans [2]
    12. Castlereagh [2]
    13. Twa Corbies [3]
    14. Tall Tale [4]
    15. Copper's Song [4]
    16. MacPherson's Farewell [4]
    17. 37 Bus [4]
    18. I Am A Miller [4]
    19. Dundee Cat [4]
    20. Jean Harlow (Died The Other Day) [5]
    21. Clapped Out Motorcar [5]
    22. Bourgeois Blues [5]
    23. Horny Bull [5]
  • CD Two
    1. McGregors [5]
    2. Deep Elem Blues [5]
    3. History Of Football [5]
    4. Beer Is Best [6]
    5. Little Maggie [6]
    6. Good Bye Booze [6]
    7. Whiskey Seller [6]
    8. Moonshiner [6]
    9. Clive's Song [7]
    10. Cuckoo [7]
    11. Pretty Little Horses [7]
    12. Noted Rider [7]
    13. Streets Of Laredo/Western Cowboy [7]
    14. Forty Pence Butler [8]
    15. One Day Old [8]
    16. Twelve Pence Ain't A Shilling [8]
    17. Whiskey [8]
    18. Dialogue [8]
    19. Five Eyes [8]
    20. Fine Old English Tory Times [8]
    21. Cornflakes Sugar Teardrops [9]
    22. Bluebird [9]
    23. People Upstairs [9]
    24. Coulters Candy [9]
    25. Jenny Jenkins [9]
    26. Travelling Rhythm [9]
    27. Murdered Ballad [9]
    28. Niught Squad [9]
    29. Terrible Terrible Night [9]

Sleeve Notes

Scotland's Greatest All Round Entertainer' was one description given to the Calcutta born, Hamish Imlach and his vast repertoire of traditional folk songs, blues and political ballads certainly cemented this fact and turned him into one of the country's best loved live performer's from the mid sixties up until the mid 90's. His appetite for bawdy bar room humour were all part of his larger than life personality and his considerable number of radio, TV, concert and cabaret appearances established Imlach at the top of the entertainment tree. Cod Liver Oil & Orange Juice is a 2-disc collection from the Transatlantic vaults and contains selections from a number of recordings he made for the Transatlantic label between 1966 and 1973.


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