Scottish regiment in £1m record deal

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The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will make another bid for chart domination, after winning a £1million record deal.

Following the Scottish regiment’s success with a recording of Amazing Grace 35 years ago, Universal Music is pinning its hopes on a Christmas number 1.

The CD - entitled The Spirit of The Glen - will be released in late November, and includes easy listening covers of Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre and Rod Stewart’s Sailing.

Amazing Grace, which topped the UK charts for five weeks in 1972, is also revisited for the new CD.

The soldiers in Scotland’s only tank regiment recorded the album between tours of duty in Iraq.

Dickon Stainer, managing director of Universal Classics and Jazz, said: ‘They’re a credit to their country and the musical world.’

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will donate all royalties to military charities.

Pipe major Derek Potter said: ‘The pipes are an integral part of our regiment, and we take huge pride in our music.

‘We’re very excited to be able to share our music with the world.’

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