Alan Hull started his musical career in a Band called The Chosen Few alongside Mick Gallagher in 1962. He was working as a nurse in a mental hospital to support himself through this times. In 1968 he joined The Downtown Faction which evolved into Lindisfarne in 1970, when they released their Debut. It was with Lindisfarne that he came to prominence, as the main contributor in terms of Songwriting and being one of the Lead-Vocalists, he was regarded by everybody as the leader of the Band, and as the Band was receiving loads of attention, getting their Album on the Top 10, he became a notorious musical figure at the time. By the time of their Third Album, Dingly Dell, he became dissatisfied with the Band and together with the other Lead-Vocalist of the Band, Ray "Jacka" Jackson, made a complete re-formation. That very same year, 1973, Alan Hull released his Debut Album, Pipedream, shortly after the Original Line-Up collapsed, featuring Band Members from the First and Second generation of Lindisfarne Musicians. Pipedream is mostly a reclusive Album, talking about his personal life and experiences.
Best Tracks - "Breakfast", "Just Another Sad Song", "Money Game", "United States Of Mind", "Country Gentleman's Wife", "Song For A Windmill" and "Blue Murder". I was quite impressed with Pipedream, more than i was expecting. I must say that I have an irrational fear of Solo Albums, and i always expect them to be weaker than Band Albums, I am not sure why this happens. Nonetheless this was a great experience and I recommend anyone interested in British Folk-Rock should listen to this fantastic Album. The Cover-Art is just amazing, a painting by René Magritte, where a man is smoking his own nose. Great choice.
Alan Hull (Pipedream Personnel):
- Alan Hull - Lead-Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonium.
- John Turnbull - Guitar.
- Colin Gibson - Bass.
- Ken Craddock - Piano, Organ, Harmonium, Electric Piano, Guitar.
- Ray Laidlaw - Drums.
- Ray Jackson - Harp, Mandolin, Vocals.
- Dave Brooks - Saxophone.