The Great Eastern (album)

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The Great Eastern
The Delgados - The Great Eastern.jpg
Studio album by The Delgados
Recorded Cava Sound Studios & Chem19
Genre Indie rock
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Dave Fridmann
The Delgados chronology
The Great Eastern
Live at the Fruitmarket

The Great Eastern is The Delgados' third album, released on their own Chemikal Underground record label in 2000. It was their first album not to be named after a cycling theme – the title refers to a textile mill in Glasgow, latterly a hostel for the homeless.[1]

The singles released from this album were "American Trilogy" and "No Danger".

Reviews & Nominations[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
Melody Maker 4.5/5 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 5.7/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]

The album garnered several awards as well as several other accomplishments in 2000. It ranked #5 in the annual list of MOJO Magazine Albums. It was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and was named as Planet Sound's #1 album of 2000. The same year it was awarded by:

  • Spirit of Scotland – Music Award
  • Nordoff-Robbins Best Newcomer Award
  • Jockrock Tartan Cleft Award

In 2008, it ranked #49 in MOJO's 'The 50 Greatest UK Indie Records of All Time!'.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Past That Suits You Best"
  2. "Accused of Stealing"
  3. "American Trilogy"
  4. "Reasons for Silence (Ed's Song)"
  5. "Thirteen Gliding Principles"
  6. "No Danger"
  7. "Aye Today"
  8. "Witness"
  9. "Knowing When to Run"
  10. "Make Your Move"



  • Alan Barr, Barry Burns, Lorne Cowieson, Carlie Cross, Tony Doogan, Graham Flett, David Laing, Greg Lawson, Camille Mason, Guy Milford, Jim Putnam, Chris Renwick, Paul Stone, Dougie Summers, Graeme Wilson
  • Lindsay Savage - Cover Photography


  1. ^ "The Delgados Press Releases" (Press release). Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Rick. "The Great Eastern – The Delgados". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Delgados: The Great Eastern". Alternative Press (144): 90. July 2000. 
  4. ^ Weingarten, Marc (7 January 2001). "The Delgados 'The Great Eastern' (Beggars Banquet)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Delgados: The Great Eastern". Melody Maker: 51. 25 April 2000. 
  6. ^ "The Great Eastern". NME. 15 April 2000. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Paul (9 May 2000). "The Delgados: The Great Eastern". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Delgados: The Great Eastern". Q (164): 107. May 2000. 
  9. ^ "The Delgados: The Great Eastern". Rolling Stone: 114. 17 August 2000.