- Released: March 3, 2003
- Label: Island Uk
Uncut - 5/03, p.1184 stars out of 5
- "...[With] perennial classics..."
NME (Magazine) - 11/6/99, p.388 out of 10
- "...provides a neat summary of the career of the sporadically brilliant Fairport Convention..."
- 2.Mr Lacey
- 3.Book Song
- 4.Lord Is in This Place, How Dreadful Is This Place
- 5.No Man's Land
- 6.I'll Keep It With Mine
- 7.Eastern Rain
- 8.Nottamun Town
- 9.Tale in Hard Time
- 10.She Moves Through the Fair
- 11.Meet on the Ledge
- 12.End of a Holiday
- 13.Throwaway Street Puzzle (Bonus Track)
- 14.You're Gonna Need My Help (Bonus Track)
- 15.Some Sweet Day (Bonus Track)
Fairport Convention: Sandy Denny, Ian Matthews (vocals); Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol (acoustic & electric guitars); Ashley Hutchings (bass); Martin Lamble (drums).
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS is the original title of the album that was
released in the U.S. as FAIRPORT CONVENTION.
German import is digitally remastered and contains three bonus tracks: non-LP b-side "Throwaway Street Puzzle," the unreleased "Some Sweet Day,"and rarity "You're Gonna Need My Help."
An album that revels in an embarrassment of influences which the band bind, making their own. This was the Fairport that ran with the psychedelic underground, flexing their muscles, a slumbering entity about to wake. This was their beatnik phase, producing such evergreens as Sandy Denny's beautiful 'Fotheringay', the first tangible examples of electrified trad in 'Nottamun Town' and 'She Moves Through The Fair' - neither song, incidentally, British. More significantly, Richard Thompson began to move in his own mysterious way, gifting 'Meet On The Ledge' which has since become their signature. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life and this collection adroitly exploits just that.