Τρίτη, 28 Οκτωβρίου 2008

LINDISFARNE - 1971 JULY 18.We Can Swing Together - The BBC Concerts

LINDISFARNE - 1971 JULY 18.We Can Swing Together - The BBC Concerts

Alan Hull (Guitar Keyboards Vocals),
Ray Jackson (Harmonica Mandolin Vocals
Rod Clements (Bass Violin Vocals Slide Guitar),
Simon Cowe (Guitar Mandolin Vocals),
Ray Laidlaw (Drums)

This CD comprises two concerts: the first one oddly dated by the drummer Ray Laidlaw's liner notes as June 24th while tracklisting says July 18th, the second show was nailed on December 7th - OK, that doesn't matter since dates no way concern music.
But the venue does, so Alan Hull logically starts London gig with elegant "City Song", very laid back yet its impact is immense - those Geordie knew the secret of haunting melody so audience easily joined in clapping for "Train In G Major" blues lead by Ray Jackson's harpoon that sounds tired on the December's version. At the time 'FARNE just had "Lady Eleanor" single out and what a smash was this ballad, which involved superb drumming from Laidlaw and Jackson's mandolin complementing vocal harmonies, supported by Rod Clements' swaying bass. It drives the third "obligatory" piece played on both shows, "Fog On The Tyne", exemplar of mighty folk, more impressive on-stage than on LP - especially when released, spiced up and given Clements' violin solo. Rod seems the country-blues chief of the lot, having come up with jiving "Knackers Yard Blues" and pulling his bow through "Jackhammer Blues" hoedown madness. Sometimes that vibe crosses THE BAND field as in "No Time To Lose" or "We Can Swing Together" with fantastic harmonica running through barn catalogue up to glorious culmination. Unity was an integral part of 'FARNE idiom and to open the winter concert they chose "Together Forever", quite flat tune, not their own. Maybe, t'was too freezing so December's gig is of less interest - melancholy "January Song" says it all. Much better and sunny comes "Meet Me On The Corner" - well, some have their conventions on the ledge, others on the corner... That's nearer, eh?
(Review from dmme.net)

Charisma Package Tour 1971 (Van der Graaf Generator, Lindisfarne and Genesis)

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