The definitive British folk-rock band, Fairport Convention took the traditional music of England and injected it with electricity and rock energy, sparking a whole musical movement in the U.K. in the late 1960s and early '70s. The late-'60s incarnation of the band was bursting with talent, including singer Sandy Denny and guitarist Richard Thompson, both of whom went on to lauded solo careers. Even after Denny and Thompson's departures, though, Fairport never slowed down. Through numerous personnel changes, they soldiered on for decades with their singular brand of folk-rock, becoming the Grand Old Men of the genre.
DISC 1 for Full House (CD) Album
By Fairport Convention (Artist)
1 Walk Awhile - Fairport Convention, Swarbrick, Dave
2 Dirty Linen - Fairport Convention, Swarbrick, Dave
3 Sloth - Fairport Convention, Mattacks, Dave
4 Sir Patrick Spens - Fairport Convention, Traditional
5 Flatback Caper - Fairport Convention, Traditional
6 Doctor of Physick - Fairport Convention, Swarbrick, Dave
UK digitally remastered reissue of the 1970 album for Hannibal. Includes four bonus tracks, 'Now Be Thankful' (mono & new stereo mix), 'Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament...' & 'Bonny Bunch Of Roses'.
Placed in its early-''70s context, Full House finds Fairport Convention at what seemed a crucial test: its strongest singers, Sandy Denny and Ian (now Iain) Matthews had departed for new group and solo challenges, and coleader Ashley Hutchings had defected to found a rival ensemble, Steeleye Span, leaving guitarist Richard Thompson at Fairport''s helm. Happily, the revamped quintet passed with flying colors, forging a leaner, more muscular sound that extended both ends of the folk-rock equation; the balance between spirited jigs and reels, and four-square rock back beats, is underlined by the fiery exchanges traded by guitarists Thompson and Simon Nicol and fiddler Dave Swarbrick, explaining why many regard this as Fairport''s strongest instrumental lineup. And, on "Sloth," Thompson prefigures the dark, modal rock epics of future solo works on an antiwar dirge that evokes a British version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. --Sam Sutherland
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