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Thus, when I spotted the remastered and expanded CD here at Amazon, my first thought was "About freakin' time!" It was the only one A&M bothered to keep in print in the States, and the CD remaster from 1988 was only a minor improvement over the original LP. The original tracks burn as intensely as ever, with greater clarity and width of sound; the bonus tracks are revealing. "Sir Patrick Spens" is a bit slower and not quite as good as the final version on Full House, but Sandy does well enough with the vocals, or as well as one vocalist can manage (remember, the final version had Swarb, RT and Simon Nicol all harmonising); "Quiet Joys of Brotherhood" is rather too slow, however. I much prefer the version from Sandy's 1972 solo album Sandy, and rather wish that the band's cover of "Ballad of Easy Rider," recorded during the L&L sessions, had been included here rather than on the expanded remaster of Unhalfbricking...but there you go. Fine work nonetheless.
Fairport Convention first took wing into the realms of the British rock scene in 1967. Coming out of the North London folk scene, at first the line up was kept very flexible, until they released that they might be onto something here. The line up stabilized to Simon Nicol on guitars and vocals, a great man to have in any band as adaptability was his middle name, and enthusiasm he kept in bags. Ashley Hutchings took over the bass responsibilities and being steeped in traditional British folk music became the unspoken leader come spokesman for the band. On lead guitar and vocals was one of the nicest men on the planet, who also just happened to be one of the most original guitar players of his day, a distinctive vocalist, and a talented songwriter, so all round a pretty useful chap to have on board... Martin Lamble sat behind the skins and was the drummer that every band envied, as not only could he keep time, but brought with him a style of his own. Judy Dyble was the female singer that fronted the band, who had a fine clear folk voice enabling her to tell the stories the musicians were portraying. But Judy Dyble left the band preferring to stick to her solo folk roots and was replaced by the impeccable Sandy Denny. Now it is beyond any doubt that Sandy Denny was the finest female vocalist ever to come out of modern music. If you have ever heard an angel sing then you have some idea how Sandy Denny sounds.Read more ›
This, Fairport's best album by a country mile, played a lead role in kickstarting the British folk rock movement and it remains a key point of reference for lovers of the genre.
Rest assured, there is not a duff track on this masterpiece. If you get to the end of the opener, 'Come all Ye' without indulging in some serious foot-tapping, then the album's instant magic clearly hasn't woven its spell on you.
What follows is a veritable banquet of classic song after classic tune. This is the sound of a band at a creative peak and the album sounds as fresh and vital now as it did upon its release, all those years ago.
Buy this, and then tell your friends to buy it too. They'll thank you for the recommendation.
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In one year, 1969, Fairport Convention released three (!) great albums. This one changed R&R in the U.K. Read morePublished 12 days ago by S. M. H. Klauber
This is an enduring masterpiece of electric British Folk. While Matty Groves and Tam Lin are alone worth the price of admission, Reynardine, Come All Ye and The Deserter are all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Erickson
Matty Groves is as spectacular as I remember it from my youth. The rest of the album ... not so much. It tends to be repetitious.Published 5 months ago by Thomas C. Carey
Incredible line-up with so much talent. Every track is amazingly good. Love this Fairport above every one since.Published 10 months ago by MsAshe
Liege and Lief is probably the most influential of Fairport Convention's pioneering electric-acoustic work in British-Celtic folk-rock of the 1960s, 70s, and beyond. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. Victor S. Alpher
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|Liege & Lief 180 gram vinyl||
Did you ever find out? I don't have it because I had problems w/ 4 Men With Beards' other vinyl reissues. GThe mastering was digital sounding or blah (thinking of lps by Aretha and Television), but WTF no remaster of this FC album since 1988??? Given its status and Richard Thompson's... Read More
Oct 30, 2015 by J P Ryan | See all 2 posts
|Identify a song, please?!?||
"she's gone, she's gone said the serving man, she's gone with the gypsy davey!"
GYPSY DAVEY recorded by Sandy Denny & Fairport Convention, tells story about royal lady married to a king or a great lord who runs off with a raggle taggle gypsy named davey
Jun 5, 2008 by K. Rhodes | See all 3 posts