Lindisfarne – Fog On The Tyne (1971)

FrontCover1Fog on the Tyne is a 1971 album by English rock band Lindisfarne. Bob Johnston produced the album, which was recorded at Trident Studios in the summer of 1971. It was released on Charisma Records in Great Britain and Elektra Records in America.

It gave the group their breakthrough in the UK, topping the album charts early in 1972 for four weeks and remaining on the chart for 56 weeks in total. “Meet Me on the Corner”, one of two songs written by bassist Rod Clements, reached No. 5 as a single. The title track became the band’s signature tune. Simon Cowe made his debut as a writer, contributing the song “Uncle Sam”.

Both tracks on the B-side of “Meet Me on the Corner”, “Scotch Mist” (an instrumental), and “No Time To Lose”, appeared as bonus tracks when the album was reissued on CD.

A heavily reworked version of the title track with vocals by footballer Paul Gascoigne was released in October 1990 under the title “Fog on the Tyne (Revisited)”, credited to Gazza and Lindisfarne. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.

Reggae group The Pioneers recorded a version of “Alright on the Night” on their 1972 album “I Believe in Love”. (by wikipedia)


Lindisfarne’s second album, Fog on the Tyne fulfilled and expanded on the promise of their debut, offering a brace of memorable folk-rock (or, perhaps more properly, acoustic rock) songs that were compared favorably with Bob Dylan’s work and that of the Band, and even the Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, among others, without ever sounding like any of them. “Meet Me on the Corner” and “Fog on the Tyne” are the two best-known songs here, but there’s plenty else that’s their equal, including “Uncle Sam” and “Together Forever.” The only cautionary element to the album was its short running time, an indicator that perhaps the group was being pressed to hard to get records out too, quickly. (by Bruce Eder)

Single front + back cover:


Rod Clements (bass, guitar, violin)
Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica)
Ray Laidlaw (drums)


01. Meet Me On The Corner (Clements) 2.40
02. Alright On The Night (Hull) 3.34
03. Uncle Sam (Cowe) 2.58
04. Together Forever (Noakes) 2.36
05. January Song (Hull) 4.16
06. Peter Brophy Don’t Care (Hull/Morgan) 2.50
07. City Song (Hull) 3.08
08. Passing Ghosts (Hull) 2.30
09. Train in G Major (Clements) 3.10
10. Fog on the Tyne (Hull) 3.26
11. Scotch Mist (Clements/Cowe/Hull/Jackson/Laidlaw) 2.08
12. No Time To Lose (Hull) 3.17


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Press Release