The River Sessions is a two-CD set issued by River Records of Edinburgh. CD1 is a live recording made at the Glasgow Apollo in December 1982 with the "classic" Lindisfarne lineup: Hull, Jackson, Cowe, Clements, and Laidlaw. CD2 has Alan Hull solo, recorded by Radio Clyde in 1976 and 1978.
CD1 essentially picks up where Magic In The Air left off and indeed covers much of the same ground. Newer material from Back And Fourth, The News, and Sleepless Nights is added, and thankfully the better tracks have been chosen - no I Must Stop Going To Parties here. The band are in fine form musically. But the recording quality is not great, the lead vocal often disappearing behind the backing vocals or the instruments. As a reminder of what their concerts were like in 1982 it's fine and if you saw them then you'll get a Warm Feeling of nostalgia listening to this.
CD2 is short - only 7 tracks. The first six feature Alan on acoustic guitar in 1976. A bit fluffy in parts, and there's a peculiar mix that has the effect of double-tracking the vocals. All the tracks are drawn from his two solo albums, Pipedream and Squire, apart from...
The last track is apparently a spontaneous rendition on the radio studio piano of Angels At Eleven, recorded in the same year as its parent album. Some lovely piano playing, and interesting to hear it without the strings that pad it out on Back And Fourth.
All in all, this is one for serious Lindisfarne/Hull completists only. Owners of the Hull solo albums needn't bother with CD2. Nostalgia addicts will find stuff to enjoy in CD1.