Q - 1/02, p.1003 out of 5 stars
- "English folk-rock [band] hit[s] 35th anniversary album....a little of everything....a satisfying snapshot of where [this] folk-rock band has been and...where it's going..."
Fairport Convention includes: Simon Nicol (vocals, guitar); Chris Leslie (vocals, violin, banjo, mandolin); Dave Peggy (vocals, bass); Ric Sanders (violin, electric piano); Gerry Conway (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Anna Ryder (vocals, penny whistle, accordion, piano); Ian Anderson (flute).
Recorded at Woodworm Studios, Oxfordshire, England in 2001.
Fairport Convention: Simon Nicol (vocals, guitars); Chris Leslie (vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin, electric mandolin, violin); Dave Pegg (vocals, bass guitar); Ric Sanders (violin, baritone violin, electric piano); Gerry Conway (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Anna Ryder (vocals, pennywhistle, accordion, French horn, piano); Anna (vocals, accordion); Chris While, Julie Matthews (vocals); Mark Tucker (electric guitar, E-bow); Ian Anderson (flute); Kate Luxmoore (clarinet, bass clarinet); Chas McDevitt (trumpet); Chris Knibbs (trombone); The Cropredy Crowd.
The legendary Fairport Convention reunited for an anniversary concert in 2002, and XXXV captures the magic of their performance at the Anvil Theater in Basingstoke, England. The quintessential British folk-rock band of the 1960s, Fairport Convention distinguished itself by basing its sound on traditional British folk, but transforming it with a modern sensibility and the superb musicianship of the band's members. That alchemy is still in evidence decades later in these charged performances that include some of the band's best-loved tunes.