After a run of three great albums, Lindisfarne split, with Alan Hull keeping the name and going on to form Lindisfarne MKII, and most of the rest forming Jack the Lad. Both bands enjoyed success, and made some good albums, but in 1978 re-merged and the original Lindisfarne line-up went back into the recording studio, with this gem as their first album.
The sound has moved on a bit from the early albums, a bit less folky, a bit more rocky and with an eye on the pop market. Whereas Folk contemporaries Fairport were rather lost at the end of the seventies, Lindisfarne adapted, and while not fitting in with the prevailing sounds they didn't sound horribly out of step either. Whilst I love the early stuff, `Fog on the Tyne' especially, this stands out as my favourite of all their albums.
The quality of songwriting is excellent throughout and incredibly consistent. There are no weak tracks or filler to be found here. Standouts for me are `Run For Home', second only to `Lady Eleanor' as their greatest song. Then there is the political `Marshal Riley's Army', the story of the Jarrow marchers, and the lessons that haven't been learnt since (and still haven't learned over 30 years after the album was recorded!) There is the great `Warm Feeling', a really bouncy and jaunty expression of love and the happiness that being in love brings. `King's Cross Blues', the story of a train journey from Newcastle to London. The rest of the tracks are equally as great.
This re-release boasts a new remastering that sounds pretty darned good, really nice and clear compared to my older, murkier release. And the icing on the cake, 2 bonus tracks that I have never previously heard and really add to the set. It's an excellent release.
A great album from a great group. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.