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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neon Records
  • ASIN: B001L5JMMA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Neon Records is pleased to issue Rab Noakes's debut album on CD for the first time. Recorded in January 1970, it was originally released by Lynx Record Productions in autumn of that year on the Decca record label. This album has been in great demand on vinyl over the years with high prices fetched on internet auction sites.

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I first saw Rab Noakes in a small pub between Troutbeck and Ambleside in the Lake District in 1971. He played most of this album "Do you see the lights" live and it was superb. Anyone who owns the first 2 Lindisfarne albums, their best by a country mile, already owns some Rab Noakes songs.If you enjoyed those 2 albums, this is for you.

Rab Noakes was never huge, probably he was more into the high quality of the music itself than promotion and stardom. Also he clashed at the time with Glitter Rock, Pomp Rock and all things brash and nasty. Rab is in the other corner, more Byrds than Bowie; a superb song-writer who crafted his songs beautifully and put just enough instrumentation into his recordings so you hear every note.

His work has long been available only from Rab himself via his website, I believe this is the very first time this CD has become available. I recommend you to buy it now.
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Good copies of the original vinyl version of this album have been changing hands for high prices for some time now, so it's good to see it finally being re-released on CD. I was fortunate enough to see Rab many times at folk clubs in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area in the late 60s and early 70s, and several times since, and have bought all of his albums over the years. This first record was over-produced and would have been better with just voice and guitar, reflecting his live performances - he didn't make the same mistake again. However, the songs are so good it still gets 5 stars from me. At the time, I remember Rab sharing the bill with stars like Ralph Mctell, Alan Hull and Brethren (later Lindisfarne) and Barbara Dickson, amongst others. Somehow he never gained the national or international fame that he so richly deserved - although he now has many fans across the world. If you get the chance to see him live - don't hesitate.
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At the beginning of the 70's in the North East many of the clubs and venues had a folk base and you'd hear this, Rab's first album, regularly played between sets. It seemed to be an album the roadies liked to play when they were tidying up... there's a reflective, melancholic quality about many of the songs which seemed to go well with late night streets and long walks home - something you still get in Rab's songs to this day. 'Somebody Counts on Me' especially was a song all sorts of people knew, but didn't really know where they knew it from... I don't think many people bought the album, but I did and it became the soundtrack to my first year at Art college.

That's undoubtedly why I feel this album says a lot about growing up in that time, but there's more to it than that - Like good music is supposed to do it captures something that isn't easily put into words, although the poem on the original LP sleeve did make a valiant effort. A shame that wasn't included with this packaging, but maybe Rab thought it was a bit TOO much of it's time?

Then again I was 18, everything was larger than life, I had ideals and impossible dreams and I guess I was easily impressed..? But, actually, no - the album stands up still! What a brilliant surprise! The music has a quality that outlasts its time: you can hear the influences - American and Scottish songwriting - but it's an original voice, learning about itself and life, sharing thoughts and emotions honestly and definitely articulating something that (even in my fifties) I still want to hear.

Thanks to those who made the effort to re-issue this, it's an excellent job. The second album, 'Rab Noakes', also contained much excellent material, but isn't yet available - can we have that too?
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Rabs first album, I played on the same Fife folk circuit as Rab back in the late 60's, he was superb then and he has stood the test of time. Probably Fife's finest singer songwriter. Some really beautiful songs on this album, enjoy.
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Good songs by an underrated writer.
Voice is a little nasal for my tastes.
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