Top of the Worlds
Recorded live in concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall the night before the band won the World Pipe Band Championships. Field Marshall Montgomery (or FMM) are world class and this disc shows the players ready and at the top of their game. Ensemble and solo pieces are top-notch and you can hear the quality--both in play and recording. The audience could tell that the night was special and it comes through on the disc. I have only two caveats: The liner notes aren't available and this makes it hard for the listener to know the tune names, who is playing, etc. The other is some tracks have a little too much 'gee, listen to this' from the players and technical virtuosity overshines the music. It's really a small ding on a disc that is chock-full of great piping and drumming. See also their solo discs and performances in the World Championships discs. This is a very good band.