Thompson wrote the lyrics, the tune is from the folk tune ‘Willie O Winsbury’. Strangely, the door worked fine whenever Lee was not standing on top of it. ( Log Out /  The first five albums released by Fairport Convention. I don’t think Matthews’ albums are anything revolutionary, but I like him – nice mellow singer-songwriter sounds. Great analysis and song choices. Genesis (added trio years) As you know, G., I’m not partial to rankings or absolutes. The top rated tracks by Fairport Convention are Matty Groves, Autopsy, Genesis Hall, Tam Lin and Who Knows Where The Time Goes?.This artist appears in 667 charts and has received 1 comment and 23 ratings from site members. Thompson also contributes two more overlooked winners, the driving and almost psychedelic ‘Tale In Hard Time’ and the accordion-centred ‘No Man’s Land’, an impressive portfolio for a songwriter still in his teens. Fairport Convention isn’t a focused debut, with a slightly confused mix of styles and sources, with covers of Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Emmitt Rhodes songs, along with a somewhat incongruous mixture of originals. That is a great one! Your review takes me back, too, to seeing Fairport live in my home town, 1973 or 1974. Love those early albums of theirs. 1969, 8.5/10 Top Rated Albums Would have been cool if all three of their 1969 records were on the list. Liege & Lief featured the band’s strongest lineup. Fairport Convention | What We Did On Our Holidays | Unhalfbricking | Liege & Lief | Full House, Favourite Album: Liege & Lief 260 views made by Peter.oconnell. Wow – I never got to see Denny, she died before I was born. Matty Groves Farewell Farewell Tam Lin Percy’s Song Fotheringay Meet On The Ledge Who Knows Where The Time Goes Genesis Hall Sir Patrick Spens Sloth, Never gave this band the attention It deserves. I seem to catch a disproportionate amount of wild Canadian salmon. The Beths. Links to Other Music Blogs, tricot On the website Acclaimed Music,  Liege & Lief  is ranked as Fairport Convention’s best album, and the 446th best album of all time, while Unhalfbricking is also highly regarded. Really enjoyed the read… and it put me in a Fairport mood so thanks for that! Genres: British Folk Rock, Folk Rock, Progressive Folk. I still haven’t really checked out any Fairport Convention. Half of the song is given over to Swarbrick and Thompson’s jamming. On 3 July 1971, Fairport Convention hit the UK chart with their sixth album, and first since the departure of Richard Thompson, Angel Delight. It tells the story of a commoner, Matty Groves, a more accomplished lover than Lord Donald, but a less accomplished fighter. Again there’s a mixture of originals from Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson, and Bob Dylan covers. The obvious classic on Unhalfbricking is Sandy Denny’s ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’, a subtle yet universal torch song. Why didn’t I try Liege and Lief? But few would argue the toss on this one. It has an average rating of 3.90/5, and is ranked as the #657 album of all time. I’m kind of interested in absolutes – it’s interesting seeing in large catalogues when there’s debate over best album and when there’s a lot of consensus (like this one). Rhythm guitarist Simon Nicol and bassist Dave Pegg have kept Fairport Convention active, but with the possible exception of Denny’s reunion album, 1975’s Rising For The Moon, I’m more interested in the above solo careers and spin-off projects rather than the band itself after 1970. Although it’s since been recognised as a folk-rock landmark, Rolling Stone magazine were lukewarm to Liege & Lief on release; John Mendelsohn wrote that “the majority of the material on Lief was provided by the English Folk Dance & Song Society Library at Cecil Sharp House, which should make the album endlessly enticing to all you musicologists out there.” He also noted that “Lief is a nice album to put on to accompany sitting by the fireplace or staring vacantly at a candle flame.”. This salacious murder ballad was a great candidate for the full electric treatment. Despite the longevity of Fairport Convention, there was a surfeit of talent in those early years, with Thompson, Denny, and Hutchings’ post-Fairport endeavours overshadowing the parent band in the 1970s. The atmospheric ‘Reynardine’ is another winner, while the two low-key Thompson songs dovetail nicely into the record and feel like they could have been dug up from sometime in the 14th century as well. The significant addition to Fairport Convention’s scope is the 11 minute cover of the traditional ‘A Sailor’s Life’, which features extended instrumental passages from Richard Thompson and guest fiddler Dave Swarbrick. The band’s turnover was so dramatic that you need a list to keep it straight – these are the personnel during their initial 1968-1970 period: Richard Thompson – guitar, vocal (1967–) Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar (1967–1969) Simon Nicol – guitar, lead vocal (1967–) Dave Pegg – bass guitar, mandolin, backing vocal (1969–) Martin Lamble – drums (1967–1969; died 1969) Judy Dyble – vocal, autoharp, piano, recorder (1967–1968) Ian Matthews (also known as Ian MacDonald) – vocal (1967–1969) Sandy Denny – vocal, guitar, piano (1968–1969) Dave Swarbrick – fiddle, mandolin, vocal (1969–) Dave Mattacks – drums (1969–). As do the later ones, for that matter! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. ‘Percy’s Song’ is the only track to feature Matthews – he left during the sessions to form Matthews Southern Comfort. Sandy Denny joined the band before What We Did On Our Holidays, sharing vocals with Ian Matthews; she’s a sublime singer, and her sole writing credit ‘Fotheringay’ opens the album on a confident note.
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