Ahead of The Lindisfarne Story‘s appearance as part of DFDS Cruise’s event which departs on Sunday 16th October, they gave us their five favourite musical recommendations to get us in the mood.
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Until this record was released it was difficult to see how clever intelligent lyrics and rock music could be welded together. Hearing this record was a revelation for me and my mates. The door was open, the way was clear.
Booker T and the MG’s – Green Onions
I like instrumental music and this is a gem. The groove is wonderful and the economical playing was another master class for us wannabees in the 1960’s. One of the first multiracial groups who went on to be the powerhouse behind Otis Redding and many more. This tune is still a belter.
Howlin Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
Before Lindisfarne began writing their own material most of us were in a blues band by the name of Downtown Faction. We gigged all over the North East and our ambition was to be able to replicate the groove displayed so effortlessly on this track. One of the most atmospheric recordings ever made, in my opinion.
Bruce Springsteen – Secret Garden
Only five choices so there must be a Bruce song in there. I love this, not typical by any means but a beautifully crafted piece of music.
Sunset Sons – Remember
Great band, great song. For a record to really grab you there’s no substitute for capturing the performance and energy that a live band creates and these chaps know exactly how to do it. Looking forward to seeing them live again soon.