TITLE: Nicely Out of Tune
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #8 UK (on reissue in 1972)
SINGLES: Clear White Light, Lady Eleanor (#82 US, 3 UK) (on reissue in 1972)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah.
LINEUP: Alan Hull, Ray Jackson, Rod Clements, Simon Crowe, Ray Laidlaw
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Another band in the English folk/rock brigade, they were not as challenging as others but more popular (of course).
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: All of the songs on this debut by Lindisfarne and pleasant, and they whiz by as you contemplate the sun in a meadow of your mind. It is pleasantly pastoral, but also more electric than some of their ilk.
There’s not a whole lot of sonic difference between the cuts. Such tunes as “Lady Eleanor” and “Winter Song” are probably the highlights – they have a little more of the classic folk elements than some of the others – and “We Can Swing Together” becomes a campfire singalong of sorts.
It’s decent, especially if you’re already disposed to the English Folk revival. The harmonies are pretty good and there is a good sense of melody. But they tend not to extend instrumentally here – which sets them apart as well from other groups with virtuosos.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Alan in the River With Flowers” was titled “Float Me Down the River” on the first US pressing.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with two B-sides appended.
GRADE: B: I like other bands of this era better, but this will suffice if you need an English Folk revival fix