Album review: ALAN HULL – Alright On The Night (Live At Clifton Poly 1975)

ALAN HULL - Alright On The Night (Live At Clifton Poly 1975)

Singsong Music [Release date 18.05.20]

This digital reissue from Singsong Music features an Alan Hull solo concert, originally recorded for Radio Trent at Nottingham’s Clifton Poly on 17th November 1975. It has been mastered from the original tapes and sounds as fresh as the day it was recorded. Hully is in fine form and entertains the appreciative crowd with a mixture of Lindisfarne and solo material. It’s an intimate show and there’s plenty of interaction with the audience.

At the time, Alan was without a record deal following the demise of the Mk II line-up of Lindisfarne. He took to the road for a number of solo shows and this particular one finds him playing a mixture of acoustic guitar and piano. From 1973′s debut solo album “Pipedream” came ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Money Game’, while the more recent “Squire” was represented by the title track, ‘Dan The Plan’ and ‘One More Bottle Of Wine’.

The only song from the Mk II album “Happy Daze” was ‘Gin & Tonix All Round’, while Lindisfarne Mk I was revisited with ‘Alright On The Night’, ‘City Song’, ‘Fog On The Tyne’, ‘January Song’, ‘Lady Eleanor’, ‘We Can Swing Together’ and ‘Winter Song’.

There’s also a short, hitherto unknown instrumental piano piece about, in Alan’s words, “a very cheeky mouse that used to steal cheese”!

This superb recording is highly recommended to any fans of Alan Hull and Lindisfarne – easily the best Hully live recording (in terms of both performance and sound quality) that has been released to date. ****

Review by Jim Henderson

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