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The first disc of this double-CD set is one of the best sounding live recordings by Lindisfarne — a group on which there is no shortage of concert documents — with a very aggressive sound and a close, intimate feel, vivid stereo separation, and a highly animated and assertive presence for the band. Cut at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland, it caught the group on a particularly good night vocally and with all of the instruments picked up just right on the microphones, and also with their repertory expanded to including the Phonogram songs (among them "Run for Home") as well as all of the Charisma-era material for which they were known. The second disc derives from an Alan Hull solo radio appearance dating from 1976 that makes a good companion, capturing him on an acoustic guitar in a very intimate setting in excellent voice.


Formed: 1968 in Newcastle, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Lindisfarne barely command more than a footnote in most rock reference books. During the early '70s, however, Lindisfarne were one of the hottest folk-based rock bands in England, with chart placements on two of their albums that rivaled Jethro Tull, and had them proclaimed one of the most important groups of the decade. With a sound that mixed plaintive folk-like melodies, earthy but well-sung harmonies, and acoustic and electric textures, the group seemed poised for international success, when...
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