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In Real Time Live 87 [Live]

Fairport ConventionAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Reynard The Fox (Live From The Mill, UK / 1987) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. The Hiring Fair (Live From The Mill, UK / 1987) 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Crazy Man Michael (Live From The Mill, UK / 1987) 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Close To The Wind (Live From The Mill, UK / 1987) 6:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 'Big Three' Medley (Live From The Mill, UK / 1987)10:51Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 6, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000001FVR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PHONY LIVE ALBUM January 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In Real Time was produced by the band for Release in 1987 so they could have something to peddle to the masses that would be seeing them as the opening act for a certain Jethro Tull during the "Crest Of A Knave" tour.
It was recorded live in the studio (at the band's own Woodworm Records) with pre-recorded audience sounds tacked on, pictures from the Cropredy Festival were included to lead all to believe it was recorded there.
That said even if it is "The Phony Live Album" it is a most excellent one and also one of the best recordings in the band's history.
It begins with "Reynard The Fox", and the playing is stellar, Ric Sanders is way on top of this one, taking is fiddle where no one has gone before or since. "Widow of Westmorland's Daughter" has about a million words in it and vocalist Simon Nicol sings em' all in just over three minutes, best version of this ditty on record. Next up is the "Hiring Fair", first heard on a Swarbrick/ Nicol record in the early 80's, this version is way better because Simon's voice had matured to a fine instrument by 1987, and the fantastic "Cosmic" solo by Ric is just amazing...on seeing the band play this in 89, my friend called it "Soul Fiddlin" and I tend to agree with that.
"Crazy Man Michael", sounds really pretty, some reviewers really hate this version because it's a lot different from the original...well even without Richard's guitar, it's still worth a listen.
Side Two starts up with "Close To The Wind" and it's my favorite on this Disk, quite simply put it's a GREAT song and and the band's performance is fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supplies an audio version of the real thing December 24, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Ever been to Cropredy?, If you have, buy this. Turn down the lights, wind up the volume. Now drink a few glasses of Wadsworth 6X., This is what its all about. The only thing missing is the feeling of being amongst 15,000 or so others who keep coming back year after year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Fairport Album May 1, 2012
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I bought this on vinyl (and later on CD) right after seeing "Fairport Friends" (basically Sanders and Nicol along with Mattacks and Pegg, who then played the main set with Tull) at Jones Beach. In fact, we only went to the concert at all because I wondered if "Fairport Friends" had anything to do with an electric folk-rock band I'd seen at college called Fairport Convention (Rising for the Moon tour, UEA date).

My wife and I were so blown away by the band we went right out and bought In Reel Time and blasted it out at the drop of a hat. On one memorable occasion a house guest sitting on the porch while In Reel Time was playing inside suddenly sat up and said "This is Matty Groves!". Yes it was, I confirmed. "But...it's *good*!"

He had only ever heard the dirge-like efforts of Joan Baez and had no idea the song could be injected with a bit of "oomph" to get you invested in the story it tells.

The album is that rarest of things, a great mix of material performed well by people who love their craft and the material. Sanders catapults the songs from mere entertainment to a dynamic experience that leaves me breathless, Nicol's voice is in fine form and the band is tight. The material still moves me as it did the first time I heard it,and I've seen the band quite a few times since then and have a collection of their recordings that numbers over two dozen, many bought at concerts from the band themselves.

Buy this recording.

"Hiring Fair" is magnificent and the arrangement so much better than Ralph McTell's (the writer) on "From Clare to Here". "Crazy Man Michael" will have you saying "Wait, *what*? as the story unfolds, and this particular version of Matty Groves is, in my opinion, the best laid down in a studio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In Unreal Time, Rather... September 14, 2001
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While this album is commonly assumed to be recorded live at Fairport's annual Cropredy Festival, the reality is that this is NOT a concert recording but the chaps playing some old and not so old favorites to an empty room! The "live" audience was added on in post production, thus fooling the listener. Reportedly this was an Island Records decision, which is one of the reasons that Fairport have shied from major labels (not that they were sought out by them!) and prefer to record and release throught bassist Dave Pegg's Woodworm label.
Phony concert aside, the songs and performances themselves are of Fairport's usual outstanding quality. The album starts with the chaps in fine harmony for "Reynard the Fox". "The Widow of Westmorland's Daughter", though ostensibly a tale of a silly maiden/ex-maiden/re-maiden, unintentionally conjures up the modern silliness of the "born-again virgin" phenomenon. "The Hiring Fair" "Crazy Man Michael" and "Close To The Wind" are nice but a bit subdued; if Island really wanted to fake a live recording, better selections than these should have been considered. The best parts come at the end, however: the "Big Three Trio" starts with Peggy's great instrumental "The Swirling Pit", which segues nicely into the Fairport fave "Matty Groves" and ends with a some fiery fiddling by Ric Sanders and "The Rutland Reel/Sack the Juggler". The "live" pretense ends on the closing track, the anthemic "Meet on the Ledge". A reworking of the 1968 classic features fine singing by Simon Nicol and sweet violin by Sanders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!
If you love Fairport Convention, then you MUST HAVE this album! I have seen them 3 times in concert and listen to this album just about every day!
Published 17 months ago by Beth Dysinger
5.0 out of 5 stars a great recording for an ending deal
if i remember well, this was the last lp released for the Island label, to get to the end of the deal with it. Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by massimo pulleghini
4.0 out of 5 stars Misconception
There is a common misconception regarding this album. That is that it wasn't actually recorded live. It was live but some parts were re-recorded in the studio. Read more
Published on December 10, 2008 by Michael L. Knapp
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice songs, horrible mix
I really enjoy the modern approach to antique sounding British folk music represented by this album. The musicianship seems high but for one problem. Read more
Published on September 1, 2004 by Hafharhrhr Amalmahay
5.0 out of 5 stars What the last guy said...
I am introduced to this band by listening to this brilliant live effort. I am led to contribute my 2/100.
It is alway exciting to listen to a new band and get hooked on them. Read more
Published on November 19, 2003 by Steven M Smekar
4.0 out of 5 stars Live or not, a very good album
Another reviewer has said this "live" album was actually recorded in a studio, with audience noise added later. If so, it had me fooled. Read more
Published on March 19, 2002 by woburnmusicfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairport at their best
In my opinion this is Fairport's best live album. They are very well rehersed and tight and the version of Matty Groves contained herein is nothing short of incredable.
Published on December 16, 1998 by Gregory Klebanoff
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