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This review is from: Buried Treasure Vol.1 (Audio CD)
Great idea this. Trawl through the archives and pick up as many old an discarded songs plus some obscure live cuts and slap them on one album and hey presto you have an album full of eclectic cuts. Everyones favourite Geordie band Lindisfarne did this in 1992 and delivered two albums worth of goodies (volume three followed in 2000).
First up is an instrumental 'Red Square Dance' which sounds as if it has been recorded by the Shadows. Used as an opener to the second half of the Lindisfarne Christmas shows, this track first surfaced on the b-side of the single 'Nights' where it was entitled 'Dog Ruff'. Why ? Because at the end fade out dogs bark. Simple. The next track is the McCartney-esque 'Finest Hour' named after the compilation album of the same name. This track also has an interesting fade out featuring commentary of Aldaniti winning the Grand National. Why ? Haven't a clue.
There follows the next two tracks - a live version of Rab Noakes 'Together forever' and then the first of several 'cracks' - these are short snippets of the band discussing the track they have just heard and in fine spirits the lads sound too. 'Happy or sad' is ordinary whilst 'Way behind you' recorded by pre-Lindisfarne band Brethren is heavy and misplaced on this set. Normal service is resumed with Rod Clements storming 'Old Peculier feeling' (not inspired by beer of the same name) recorded live (not the insipid studio cut which came out on the 'Elvis lives on the moon' album).
The very twee 'True love' I saw premiered by the band in the late 80s but it never made any official album and here is presented in demo form. Alan confesses in the 'crack' afterwards how hard it was to perform live. Three more great live tracks follow, 'City Song' from the 'Fog on the Tyne' album, the rousing 'Rock and Roll Town' and then the very wierd 'Swiss Maid' which the band announce as written by Frank Ifield (it was not). Another live cut follows called 'Sporting life blues' by Downtown Faction followed by yet another live cut called 'Karen Marie' which is a story of a lady the lads met on a train. The intro for this latter track is quite long, perhaps unnecessarily so.
The creme de la creme for me is an outtake from the 'Nicely out of Tune' debut album called 'From my Window'. Written by Rod Clements and featuring Ray Jackson on lead vocals, even in this demo form it has all the hallmarks of early Lindisfarne. In the 'crack' afterwards the band express their admiration.
After the wonders of the last track, the album lurches into an obscure single release called 'Run Jimmy run' which has been mastered far too loud and really jars - not one of the bands "finest hours" !
The final two live cuts are recent (at the time) recordings. 'Malvinas Melody' was banned by the BBC and comments on the Falklands issue but the rousing version of the classic Chris Montez song 'Let's Dance' is a fitting way to close the album and really gets the adrenalin pumping for more on volume 2....
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2011 09:26:10 BDT
Mr. J. T. Cunningham says:
Excellent review of an album I would like to have as I bought Buried Treasure Vol 2 a while ago and like it enormously but the extortionate price of this album is putting me off - how can these prices be justified when the record companies are trying to compete with illegal downloads ? No wonder record stores are struggling to keep going.
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