(2-LP + CD) The Songs Of Robert Burns gets its first release on vinyl in this deluxe edition. Growing up in Glasgow and Irvine, Eddi Reader busked and performed at the local folk clubs before literally joining the circus in the early 1980s. After traveling around Europe with performance artists, Eddi moved to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox, touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single ‘Perfect’ and parent album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ both topped the British charts.
In 2001, Eddi moved back to Glasgow, where she recorded the classic ‘Songs Of Robert Burns’ album which was released to international acclaim in 2003. Eddi toured this album all over the world, finding connections to the Scottish bard everywhere from Kolkata, India to Sydney, Australia. ‘The Songs Of Robert Burns’ is an album born out of dedication and a love for the great Scottish poet. In 2006, Eddi Reader was awarded the MBE for services to singing.
•"The arrangements go for the cinematic rather than the intimate, putting them on the dangerous edge of new age. But such is the quality of everyone involved that there's no danger of teetering over and it becomes a tour de force. It is one of the highlights of Reader's splendid career" - All Music