Thursday, May 23, 2024

Brand New Day with Lindisfarne

After breaking up in 1973, the original line-up of Lindisfarne got back together in 1976 for a gig at their beloved hometown stomping ground Newcastle City Hall. The gig was so well-received that they decided to do it again the following year and officially reformed not long after and signed to Mercury Records, releasing three albums and various singles before parting ways with the label in 1980.

Brand New Day – The Mercury Years 1978-1979 is a three CD collection of those Lindisfarne records, courtesy of Cherry Red Records that due 24th May from here.

CD 1 contains the band’s first album for Mercury, Magic In The Air (Live), a live recording of their triumphant gig at Newcastle City Hall on Christmas Eve 1977.

CD 2 features Back And Fourth, their first studio album for Mercury that included the single ‘Run For Home’ that reached the UK Top Ten and was also the band’s first hit in America. Amongst the bonus tracks are ‘Run For Home’ (Edited version), ‘See How They Run’, ‘Juke Box Gypsy’ (Single version) and ‘Warm Feeling’ (Mono version), all previously unreleased on CD.

CD 3 contains the band’s last album for Mercury, The News, as well as bonus tracks ‘Easy And Free’ (Single version), and ten songs from their Christmas 1979 gig at Newcastle City Hall, all of which are previously unreleased on CD.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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