Fairport Convention Live at the BBC (4-CD)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  UVIS 9845385

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  • Number of Discs: 4
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  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Universal I.S.

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Close The Door Lightly When You Go (top Gear 2/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.992.I Don't Know Where I Stand (top Gear 2/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.993.Some Sweet Day (top Gear 2/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.994.You Never Wanted Me (top Gear 2/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.995.Nottamun Town (top Gear 2/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.996.Marcie (david Symonds 24/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.997.Night In The City (david Symonds 24/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.998.Jack O' Diamonds (david Symonds 24/6/68)
  • Buy for $0.999.Gone, Gone, Gone (top Gear 1/9/68)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Suzanne (top Gear 1/9/68)
  • Buy for $0.9911.If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong (top Gear 1/9/68)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Eastern Rain (top Gear 1/9/68)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Fotheringay (top Gear 1/9/68)
  • Buy for $0.9914.I Still Miss Someone (stuart Henry 8/12/68)
  • Buy for $0.9915.Bird On A Wire (stuart Henry 8/12/68)
  • Buy for $0.9916.Tried So Hard (david Symonds 6/1/69)
  • Buy for $0.9917.Reno Nevada (david Symonds 6/1/69)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Book Song (david Symonds 6/1/69)
  • Buy for $0.9919.Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (symonds On Sunday 9/2/69)
  • 20.You're Gonna Need My Help (symonds On Sunday 9/2/69)
  • 21.Fotheringay (symonds On Sunday 9/2/69)
  • 22.Shattering Live Experience (symonds On Sunday 9/2/69)
  • 23.Cajun Woman (top Gear 6/4/69)
  • 24.Autopsy (top Gear 6/4/69)
  • 25.Si Tu Dois Partir (top Gear 6/4/69)
  • 26.Percy's Song (top Gear 6/4/69)
  • 27.Reynardine (top Gear 27/9/69)
  • 28.Tam Lin (top Gear 27/9/69)
  • 29.Sir Patrick Spens (top Gear 27/9/69)
  • 30.Medley: The Lark In The Morning/rakish Paddy/foxhunter's Jig/toss The Feathers
  • 31.Lady Is A Tramp (top Gear 27/9/69)
  • 32.Walk Awhile (top Gear 2/5/70)
  • 33.Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman (top Gear 2/5/70)
  • 34.Doctor Of Physick (top Gear 1/8/70)
  • 35.Sir Patrick Spens (david Symonds 27/4/70)
  • 36.Bonny Bunch Of Roses (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 37.Dirty Linen (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 38.Now Be Thankful (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 39.Journeyman's Grace (stuart Henry 19/11/70)
  • 40.Now Be Thankful (stuart Henry 19/11/70)
  • 41.Tokyo (john Peel 20/2/73)
  • 42.Matthew, Mark, Luke & John (john Peel 20/2/73)
  • 43.Possibly Parsons Green (john Peel 20/2/73)
  • 44.Rosie (john Peel 20/2/73)
  • 45.John The Gun (john Peel 6/8/74)
  • 46.Fiddlestix (john Peel 6/8/74)
  • 47.Rising For The Moon (john Peel 6/8/74)
  • 48.Down In The Flood (john Peel 6/8/74)
  • 49.Let's Get Together (top Gear 10/12/67)
  • 50.One Sure Thing (top Gear 10/12/67)
  • 51.Lay Down Your Weary Tune (top Gear 10/12/67)
  • 52.Chelsea Morning (top Gear 10/12/67)
  • 53.Violets Of Dawn (top Gear 3/3/68)
  • 54.If (stomp) (top Gear 3/3/68)
  • 55.Time Will Show The Wiser (top Gear 3/3/68)
  • 56.If I Had A Ribbon Bow (top Gear 3/3/68)
  • 57.Meet On The Ledge (stuart Henry 8/12/68)
  • 58.Light My Fire (top Gear 22/12/68)
  • 59.Flatback Caper (david Symonds 27/4/70)
  • 60.Open The Door Richard (david Symonds 27/4/70)
  • 61.Deserter (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 62.Hangman's (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 63.Tam Lin (folk On One 26/7/70)
  • 64.Sir William Gower (folk On One 27/3/71)
  • 65.Banks Of The Sweet Primroses (folk On One 27/3/71)
  • 66.Sickness & Diseases (folk On One 27/3/71)
  • 67.Bridge Over The River Ash (folk On One 27/3/71)
  • 68.Lord Marlborough (folk On One 27/3/71)
  • 69.Angel Delight (folk On One 27/3/71)

Product Description:

Personnel: Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jerry Donahue, Richard Thompson, Trevor Lucas (vocals, guitar); Dave Swarbrick (vocals, violin); Ian Matthews, Sandy Denny, Judy Dyble (vocals); Dave Pegg (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Rick Grech (violin); Dave Mattacks, Martin Lamble (drums).
Liner Note Author: Kingsley Abbott.
Recording information: 12/10/1967-08/06/1974.
Photographer: Sandy Denny.
Is a four-CD box set of Fairport Convention 1967-1974 BBC recordings excessive? After all, even the Beatles only got two CDs of Beeb tracks into official release. But it really isn't too much for fans of the band, for the quality of most of the stuff here is truly good, even if the very best of it was already issued on the Heyday compilation. There's a lot more here, however. While the expanded Heyday CD contains 20 tracks from 1968-1969, this offers a relatively whopping 69, and where Heyday focused exclusively on late-'60s sessions done while Sandy Denny was in the lineup (which was admittedly their peak era), this has a few recordings predating Denny's entrance into Fairport, as well as quite a few post-dating her departure (and a few from when she briefly rejoined the group in the mid-'70s). Most important of all, this has quite a few songs, particularly folk-rock cover versions from the late '60s, that didn't make it onto official Fairport Convention releases of the time.
Certainly the first two discs of the set are the strongest, as all but three of the tracks date from the 1968-1969 Denny era. If you're already heard Heyday, you know how good some of these gems are, like their superb interpretation of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," and their fine reworkings of songs by Richard FariĀ¤a ("Reno, Nevada"), the Everly Brothers, Gene Clark ("Tried So Hard"), Eric Andersen ("Close the Door Lightly When You Go"), Bob Dylan ("Percy's Song"), Johnny Cash ("I Still Miss Someone"), and Joni Mitchell ("I Don't Know Where I Stand"), as well as quality originals like "Autopsy" and "Shattering Live Experience." This set includes a few other goodies, however, some of which were previously on bootlegs and benefit from much-improved sound here (Joni Mitchell's "Eastern Rain," "Marcie," and "Night in the City"), and one of which ("Jack of Diamonds," an obscure Bob Dylan lyric set to music by Ben Carruthers from their first LP) had never even previously shown up on those old bootlegs. It's true the blues songs "You're Gonna Need My Help" and "If It Feels Good You Know It Can't Be Wrong" are kind of lame, but at least they preserve one aspect of the early band's repertoire.
It's also true that disc three (all taken from 1970-1974 sessions) pales a little in comparison to the first pair of CDs, but these do document Fairport's transition to a much more English traditional folk-oriented group, with Denny re-entering on the four songs from 1974. The fidelity on disc four (subtitled "Off Air") is indeed taken from off-air recordings rather than original tapes, and has noticeably poorer fidelity, though it's actually not that bad. Even these performances, however (some of which found prior release on the Fairport Unconventional box set, as had a few other stray tracks from the first three discs), are quite enjoyable, with eight songs done in 1967-1968 when Judy Dyble was still in the lineup. Some of these songs, too, Eric Andersen's "Violets of Dawn," Bob Dylan's "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" -- never found release on their official albums, and there are other highlights (or at least intriguing oddities) like their December 1968 send-up of "Light My Fire" and a 1970 version of "Tam Lin" with male lead vocals (though Denny had taken the lead on the familiar studio recording). In all, this is essential for Fairport fans, and is not solely or primarily of historical interest, making for quite fine listening on its own terms. ~ Richie Unterberger
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