Caught in the Act

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Recorded (and videotaped) at Newcastle City Hall (where the group have played over 125 shows) in December of 1982, this somewhat uneven concert album caught Lindisfarne in pretty fair form at the tail end of a U.K. tour. Among the newer songs, "Ode To a Taxman" is a decent rocker, with crunchy guitars and a pretty catchy chorus. "Lady Eleanor" fares well, as does "Meet Me On The Corner," but nothing beats the explosive power of "Fog On The Tyne" as performed here, which has become to Lindisfarne (especially when playing to Newcastle fans) what "Bo Diddley" is to Bo Diddley. Hull's "Nights" has a pleasing classic rock sound, although most of the newer material (the exception is the Jackson/Harcourt "Warm Feeling" and Hull's Springsteen-like "Run For Home") pales next to the older stuff here. The audio is crisp and clean, capturing the harmonies and the different guitar (and mandolin) voices very well, and the mix puts the band very close. Until the live albums from Charisma and Mercury show up, this will have to do, and it makes a decent career best-of substitute.

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