Fairport Convention 25th Anniversary Concert  (Live) (2-CD)
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- by Fairport Convention ~ What We Did On Our Holidays [UK Bonus Tracks] ~ $11.12
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: April 9, 2007
- Label: Talking Elephant
- 1.Insult To Injury
- 2.I Wandered By A Brookside
- 3.Con Casey's / Tripping Up The Stars
- 4.It'll Take More Than The Blues
- 5.Close To The Wind
- 6.Girl From North Country
- 7.Claudy Bands
- 8.John Barleycorn
- 10.Million Dollar Bash
- 11.Tam Lin
- 12.Crazy Man Michael
- 14.Poor Will & The Jolly Hangman
- 15.Bridge Over The River Ash
- 16.Journeyman's Grace
- 17.Hexhamshire Lass
- 19.Me With You
- 20.Polly On The Shore
- 21.Adieu Adieu
- 22.Hiring Fair
- 23.Red & Gold
- 24.Matty Groves
- 25.Rutland Reel / Sack The Juggler
- 26.Si Du Tois Parter
Personnel: Simon Nicol (vocals, acoustic guitar); Martin Allcock (vocals, electric guitar, keyboards); Jerry Donahue (vocals, electric guitar); Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg, Dave Swarbrick (vocals, fiddle); Bruce Rowland (vocals, washboard, tambourine); Robert Plant, Ashley Hutchings, Julianne Regan (vocals); Dave Mattacks (keyboards, drums); Ric Sanders (keyboards); Geoffrey Hughes (bodhran).
Recording information: Cropredy Festival (08/14/1992-08/15/1992).
Editor: Tim Matyear.
Photographer: John Bright.
Arrangers: Dave Swarbrick; Martin Allcock; Ric Sanders.
Recorded live to DAT at a performance that had fiddler Chris Leslie filling in for Ric Sanders, who had injured himself in an accident involving a plate glass window (Sanders was able to provide keyboards, however), 25th Anniversary Concert was a festive outing with numerous guests (including Fairport founders Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings). The two-disc set ranges from the sublime (a ferocious, Boiled in Lead-style take of "Matty Groves") to the slightly surreal ("John Barleycorn" with the lyrics screwed up). The sound is unfortunately too bright and metallic, and the mix, taken from the soundboard, is sometimes atrocious, but trimming the highs helps with the former, while the latter, in the spirit of live shows, can simply be ignored. Not the best example of Fairport, but highly entertaining. [The CD was reissued in 2007.] ~ Steven McDonald
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