Personnel: Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, keyboards, percussion); Ken Craddock (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, harmonium, organ, keyboards, percussion); Ray Jackson (vocals, harp, mandolin, harmonica); Jon Turnbull, John Turnbull (guitar); Dave Brooks (saxophone); Ray Laidlaw (drums); Colin Gibson (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Roy Baker.
The debut solo album by the Lindisfarne frontman, cut shortly after that band's initial breakup, Pipedream is very much the son of its father, a faintly folky collection of songs that, one presumes, were originally intended for the next Lindisfarne album before events finally overtook them.
As usual with Alan Hull's post-Dingly Dell output, nothing here truly leaps out to grab your attention; rather, Pipedream is a meditative, reflective collection characterized as much by Hull's often-plaintive vocal than by any particular melody. But "Country Gentleman's Wife," "Song for a Windmill" and the gorgeous "Justanothersadsong" are latter-day Hull jewels, while the biting "The Money Game" reflects on the end of the band with grandiose venom. [Originally released in 1973, the LP was reissued on CD in 2005 and includes six bonus tracks.] ~ Dave Thompson