Category: Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne – Fog on the Tyne

ARTIST: Lindisfarne 220px-Lindisfarne-FogOnTheTyne
TITLE: Fog on the Tyne
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.

Lindisfarne – Nicely Out of Tune

82ARTIST: Lindisfarne 220px-Lindisfarne-NicelyOutOfTune
TITLE: Nicely Out of Tune
CHART ACTION: #8 UK (on reissue in 1972)
SINGLES: Clear White Light, Lady Eleanor (#82 US, 3 UK) (on reissue in 1972)
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