Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne Live 1990 [Video]

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The very existence of a Lindisfarne concert video amazes most people, even in England. After opening with the hit video of "Fog on the Tyne" featuring champion footballer Paul Gascoigne, the band opens with a very enthusiastic performance of "Court in the Act," but their attempts to add life to more recent material such as "Everything Changes" fall flat, although Rod Clements' "Anyway the Wind Blows" does have some moments of inspiration, recalling CCR's "Lodi" and Bob Dylan's "If Not For You" without actually sounding like either song. The first really inspired part of this set comes six songs in with "Lady Eleanor," although there is one major surprise here as well, a performance of the 20-year-old B-side "Knackers Yard Blues," a crunchy hard rocker. "Meet Me on the Corner," athe group's first major hit, comes off well enough, although here the awkward stage presence of singer Ray Jackson mars the performance on a visual level, and then there's not much left except for "Fog on the Tyne," awhich gets pitched here with a rousing Bo Diddley beat -- unfortunately, the performance of this huge crowd pleaser (it would probably be the national anthem if Newscastle-on-Tyne ever declared independence from the rest of England) is too mannered to really enjoy without having been there in the crowd, and the audience participation doesn't help.