Paul Clapham played the drums, and Lost At Sea had a variety of bass players: Rolph Startin, Alan Windett and Mike Kneller, all three of whom are featured on the album, along with a sprinkling of keyboard from Sam Tanner.
Unfortunately Ralph is no longer with is - we all miss his towering six foot seven stage presence and his equally huge personality.
Lost At Sea gigged (mostly around the Bournemouth area) for 15 years but only made one album - and here it is.
The title track of Greatcoat Days is a rollercoaster of a song with an unusual A-B-A-B structure. It feels like an autobiography.
Been Gone So Long is clearer - it’s definitely a personal song as Alan misses his home town of Newcastle.
Time is another intensely personal song, as we all feel it slipping away.
Beautiful Like A Child is a perfect love song about an imagined foreign affair.
The Price You Pay is a pub rock song with a difference, it's about selling your soul in order to sell life insurance.
There is nothing on this album that is false, nothing that was done just for the money, no writing by numbers.
We wait for Alan to write a second album and we wait for Lost At Sea to gig live again, but in the meantime we have this amazing album, ...Greatcoat Days.