TITLE: Fog on the Tyne
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #1 UK
SINGLES: Meet Me on the Corner (#4 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The title track, maybe
LINEUP: Alan Hull, Ray Jackson, Rod Clements, Simon Cowe, Ray Laidlaw
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A big hit in the UK, thanks to the hit single and a commercial folk-acoustic rock sound. Pleasant, not challenging.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: As with their first album, Lindisfarne takes bits and pieces from the English folk revival and melds it with commercial sounds to create a pleasant, sometimes pastoral sound. They have some hooks this time, and harmonize nicely.
Three of the five members write, and mandolinist Jackson sings the songs that Clements writes (which was the big hit, so he’s recognizable as the voice of the band to radio listeners). Hull wrote the title track, which is well known among fans and was re-recorded by footballer Pacul Gascoigne.
If you’re looking for authentic English folk revival music, it’s not here. If you’re looking for pleasant folk rock with a couple of memorable songs, yeah, grab this. The title track is the best one; it closes the record out on a high note.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Jackson was the mandolin player on “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of B-sides that are so-so.
GRADE: B+: Another good, not great, record by this band that’s upgraded by the hit single and the title track. If you wanna dip your toe into this band, this is the one.