Buried Treasures, Vol. 1

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Kickstarting a three-volume series of Lindisfarne rarities, oddities, one-offs, and side-projects, Buried Treasures, Vol. 1 is not an album for the faint-hearted -- or for anyone whose love of the band is predicated upon just one particular period. Ranging across the group's full career, the story kicks off with "Way Behind You," a gentle number recorded during the pre-Lindisfarne days of the Brethren. "From My Window," a lovely outtake from the Nicely Out of Tune sessions, follows (chronologically, at least -- the actual CD running order is chaos personified), but a couple of songs taped live for the BBC round out the band's classic early years. The remaining 16 songs all post-date Lindisfarne's late-'70s reunion, beginning with "Happy or Sad," one of the 1978 demos that convinced them to give the rebirth a shot. From there, we journey through a bewildering, but never less than exhilarating selection of gems, from the country-tinged "Red Square Dance," by Simon Cowe's Defectors side project, to a live version of "Let's Dance," recorded just months before this disc's original release, in 1992. It's not the most cohesive collection, but neither was Lindisfarne's latter-day history. And, with two further volumes still to come, one wishes every band could treat their archive so well.

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