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Format: CD
Sku: 204319665
UPC: 602498453858
UPC 14: 00602498453858
Release Date: 4/9/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Close the Door Lightly When You Go ~ Fairport Convention
2. I Don't Know Where I Stand ~ Fairport Convention
3. Some Sweet Day ~ Fairport Convention
4. You Never Wanted Me ~ Fairport Convention
5. Nottamun Town ~ Fairport Convention
6. Marcie ~ Fairport Convention
7. Night in the City ~ Fairport Convention
8. Jack O' Diamonds ~ Fairport Convention
9. Gone, Gone, Gone ~ Fairport Convention
10. Suzanne ~ Fairport Convention
11. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong ~ Fairport Convention
12. Eastern Rain ~ Fairport Convention
13. Fotheringay ~ Fairport Convention
14. I Still Miss Someone ~ Fairport Convention
15. Bird on a Wire ~ Fairport Convention
16. Tried So Hard ~ Fairport Convention
17. Reno Nevada ~ Fairport Convention
18. Book Song ~ Fairport Convention
19. Who Knows Where the Time Goes? ~ Fairport Convention
Disc 2
Song Title
1. You're Gonna Need My Help ~ Fairport Convention
2. Fotheringay ~ Fairport Convention
3. Shattering Live Experience ~ Fairport Convention
4. Cajun Woman ~ Fairport Convention
5. Autopsy ~ Fairport Convention
6. Si Tu Dois Partir ~ Fairport Convention
7. Percy's Song ~ Fairport Convention
8. Reynardine ~ Fairport Convention
9. Tam Lin ~ Fairport Convention
10. Sir Patrick Spens ~ Fairport Convention
11. Medley: The Lark in the Morning/Rakish Paddy/Foxhunter's Jig/Toss the F ~ Fairport Convention
12. Lady Is a Tramp, The ~ Fairport Convention
13. Walk Awhile ~ Fairport Convention
14. Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman ~ Fairport Convention
15. Doctor of Physick ~ Fairport Convention
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Sir Patrick Spens ~ Fairport Convention
2. Bonny Bunch of Roses, The ~ Fairport Convention
3. Dirty Linen (Jigs and Reels) ~ Fairport Convention
4. Now Be Thankful ~ Fairport Convention
5. Journeyman's Grace, The ~ Fairport Convention
6. Now Be Thankful ~ Fairport Convention
7. Tokyo ~ Fairport Convention
8. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ~ Fairport Convention
9. Possibly Parsons Green ~ Fairport Convention
10. Rosie ~ Fairport Convention
11. John the Gun ~ Fairport Convention
12. Fiddlestix ~ Fairport Convention
13. Rising for the Moon ~ Fairport Convention
14. Down in the Flood ~ Fairport Convention
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Let's Get Together ~ Fairport Convention
2. One Sure Thing ~ Fairport Convention
3. Lay Down Your Weary Tune ~ Fairport Convention
4. Chelsea Morning ~ Fairport Convention
5. Violets of Dawn ~ Fairport Convention
6. If (Stomp) ~ Fairport Convention
7. Time Will Show the Wiser ~ Fairport Convention
8. If I Had a Ribbon Bow ~ Fairport Convention
9. Meet on the Ledge ~ Fairport Convention
10. Light My Fire ~ Fairport Convention
11. Flatback Caper ~ Fairport Convention
12. Open the Door Richard ~ Fairport Convention
13. Deserter, The ~ Fairport Convention
14. Hangman's Reel, The ~ Fairport Convention
15. Tam Lin ~ Fairport Convention
16. Sir William Gower ~ Fairport Convention
17. Banks of the Sweet Primroses ~ Fairport Convention
18. Sickness and Diseases ~ Fairport Convention
19. Bridge Over the River Ash ~ Fairport Convention
20. Lord Marlborough ~ Fairport Convention
21. Angel Delight ~ Fairport Convention

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Kingsley Abbott.
Muze PNote Recording information: 12/10/1967-08/06/1974.
Muze PNote Photographer: Sandy Denny.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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 Fari¤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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Aidan Day; Frances Line; Ron Belchier; Malcolm Brown; John Walters; Pete Dauncey; Tony Wilson; Bernie Andrews

Engineer: Dave Tate; Mike Franks; Mike Harding; Adrian Revill; Nick Gomm; Pete Ritzema; Tony Wilson; Bob Conduct; Allen Harris

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Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack
Swarbrick, Dave

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/09/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9845385
Music Label Name Label : Universal Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498453858

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