Fairport Convention Jewel in the Crown
- Released: January 13, 2008
- Label: Talking Elephant
- 1.Jewel in the Crown
- 2.Slip Jigs & Reels
- 3.Surfeit of Lampreys
- 4.Kind Fortune
- 5.Diamonds & Gold
- 6.Naked Highwayman
- 8.Youngest Daughter
- 9.London, Danny
- 10.Summer in December
- 11.Travelling by Steam
- 12.She's Like the Swallow
- 13.Red Tide
- 14.Home Is Where the Heart Is
- 15.Closing Time
Fairport Covention: Simon Nicol (vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic & electric 12-string guitars); Maartin Allcock (acoustic & electric guitars, acoustic 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, mandola, bouzar, accordion, piano, electric piano, keyboards, fretless bass, bodhran, tambourine, talking drum, triangle, background vocals); Dave Pegg (electric guitar, mandolin, acoustic, electric & fretless basses, background vocals); Ric Sanders (violin); Dave Mattacks (electric piano, organ, glockenspiel, drums, log drum, sea drum, crotales, tambourine, maracas).
Additional personnel: Tracey Bullard (bell, background vocals).
Recorded at Woodworm's Studio, Oxfordshire, England. Includes liner notes by Julie Matthews, Steve Tilston, Maartin Allcock, Ben Bennion, Ralph McTell, Jez Lowe, Huw Williams, Ric Sanders, Rob Beattie and Clive Gregson.
This album marks Fairport Convention's return to the recording studio for their first new album in five years. With their line-up a decade strong (the longest grouping since the band formed in 1967), they come up with a stunning testament to the strengths that have endeared them to fans over the years. They also prove that they still thrive on playing as a band.
JEWEL IN THE CROWN adheres to their now-standard mixture of centuries-old British Isle jigs and reels and contemporary rock. They scamper happily from traditional numbers to songs by such contemporary writers as Leonard Cohen, Ralph McTell, and Clive Gregson. Doing so seamlessly, and leaving its own formidable mark in the process, is this band's magic. It is the gift that positions Fairport Convention at the forefront of this tradition. Multi-instrumentalist Martin Allcock's "A Surfeit of Lampreys" is a gem that sums up their powers in a stunning way--it rocks hard with one foot in the '90s and another tapping away in a century long gone.
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