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pretty great, yes?
I think I'm going to have to buy their whole back catalogue on vinyl.
That's the last one Richard Thompson's on, and Sandy Denny had already left. Everything after that is baaaaad. And the first one's not that amazing, very West Coast American. 'What we did on our holidays', 'Unhalfbricking', 'Liege and Lief' and 'Full House' are all brilliant in their different ways. The live album at the LA Troubadour is pretty good, too.
I think Unhalfbricking and Liege and Lief are going to have to be must buys, and there are loads of cheap original copies on ebay. I've only heard 'The History Of Fairport Convention'.
but 'Unhalfbricking' isn't necessarily the sure thing everyone says. It's got some great stuff on it, but much of it's a bit boring (like Sailor's Life).
'What we did on our holidays' is really patchy, but is generally more fun and hits much higher peaks than 'Unhalfbricking' - 'Meet on the ledge', 'No Man's Land', 'I'll keep it with mine'. It has much of their best original writing on it.
I love the build up and the fiddle sound on that track.
Is 'What We Did On Our Holidays' the one that sounds a lot less folky and more 60's pysch?
They're starting to experiment with British folk music, like 'Nottamun Town' and 'She moves through the fair', but they're still doing the more American-influenced things, like the Dylan/Joni Mitchell covers and 'Book song'. It's the Fairport record with the largest number of songwriters - originals and covers - so it's pretty varied and really interesting.
is one of the greatest songs of all time! to hear it described as boring makes me sad. and yeah, matty groves is fucking spectacular too. apart from these two, though, i've never really fell for fairport convention. but they are enough to desperately make me wish that sandy denny wasn't such a massive dead alcoholic.