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Unhalfbricking [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Fairport ConventionAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 10, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island UK
  • ASIN: B00007J36V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Genesis Hall
2. Si Tu Dois Partir
3. Autopsy
4. A Sailors Life
5. Cajun Woman
6. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
7. Percys Song
8. Million Dollar Bash
9. Dear Landlord (Bonus Track)
10. The Ballad Of Easy Rider (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Fairport's Third Album was Given the Indecipherable Title by Sandy Denny During an Hilarious Word-game in the Group Van. The Album is Varied in Style and Content, Yet Somehow this Time More Unified. Here, in Reality, and Now in Legend, is the First Bold Step in to the Hitherto Unfathomed Waters of British Folk-rock, Or Electric-folk. Of the Guests Musicians, Fiddler Dave Swarbrick is the Most Influential and it Now Seems Hard to Believe that He was Just a Session Musician and Not an Integral Part of the Band. His Playful Violin on "si Tu Dois Partir" is an Essential Ingredient in the Daft Infectiousness of that Track. This Digitally Remastered Version of the Album Includes Two Bonus Tracks: A Cover of Dylan's "Dear Landlord", an Out-take from the "Unhalfbricking" Sessions and a Cover of Dylan and Roger Mcguinn's "Ballad of Easy Rider", Recorded During the Sessions for "Liege and Lief", but Fit Better Here.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
`Unhalfbricking' by the original Fairport Convention is the album with which they caught everyone's attention, as it has three exceptionally strong components going for it. First are the two songs by Sandy Denny, `Autopsy' and the memorable `Who Knows Where the Time Goes'. Second are the two songs by Richard Thompson. Third are the performances of three Bob Dylan songs which Mr. Dylan rarely performs himself.

After this great start with modern compositions and with such great chemistry between the principles in this group, it is surprising why they went off to do classic English folksongs in their most famous album, `Liege and Leif' and why Denny and Thompson spun off to do their own thing. I'm sure that they had their reasons, but that meant they never quite duplicated the quality of work on this album and the others the original group did together. So, the reincarnations of `Fairport Convention' have been making a career out of performing `Matty Groves' over and over again.

Getting back to `Unhalfbricking', I can still remember running into the British Import LP when I was under the spell of both `The Incredible String Band' and `The Pentangle' plus Bert and John and all those British folkies. So, the promise of more of the same was too good to pass up, before I happened to notice the heavy presence of Bob Dylan songs on the album. I do confess that the great cover photo of the walled lawn and the church tower in the background had a lot to do with my purchase.

I can't remember my exact impressions upon first hearing the album, except that I was tickled by the Dylan pieces and very much moved by the `Who Knows Where the Time Goes'. Listening to the album now, after 36 years, I wonder why no one does this kind of stuff anymore.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Sandy Denny/Fairport Convention albums January 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Fairport Convention was far and away the best British folk-rock band of the late Sixties, combining elegant covers of other artists, such as Bob Dylan, who wrote three of the ten tracks on this album, with exquisite original compositions, most notably by Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny. The group's problem has been the ever-changing lineup. On "Unhalfbricking," the third of four albums the group released in 1969, the lineup is arguable the best Fairport Convention ever had to offer, but that same year powerhouse drummer Martin Lamble was killed in an accident involving the band's equipment van.
Fairport Convention's style of harmony-based folk-rock was obviously influenced by American groups like the Byrds, mixing electric and acoustic guitars. With the addition of Sandy Denny, known for both her solo work and briefly as a member of the Strawbs, the group added the premier British folk-rock singer of her generation. Denny offers up two of her finest works on this album, "Autopsy" but my clear cut favorite on "Unhalfbricking" is Thompson's 9-minute "Sailor's Life." This it the group's epic work, the one song on which their musical legacy should be judged. The only things that really work against this album are the fact that, by contemporary standards, it is so "short," with only 10 tracks. There is also the question of how well you like the Dylan covers; I do not find them to be anything special, especially in light of the other offerings. "Si Tu Dois Partir" is the best of the trio, even if you find doing Dylan in French to be a bit odd.
Final Note: This is one occasion where I would argue for the purchase of a specific album rather than a greatest hits collection. This is mainly because I have not see a Fairport Convention collection that has the four above referenced songs on it. Oh, and, no, I have no idea what the title for this album means.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem of the 1960s October 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
There are more focused records in their catalog ("Liege & Lief") and even more 1960s type offerings (the self-titled debut) but this one stands out to me as the calling card for the Richard Thompson-era FC.
There are too many covers and some really long arrangements here but, to me, this is Fairport's best. On "Sailors Life" and "Genesis Hall" you get two of the most eerie songs on record. On the three Dylan songs you get real weird homages to their idol. Some how it all works.
Thompson's future strength as a songwriter is evident on "Genesis Hall" and the band's eventual gravitation to straight English folk becomes partially realized here.
Additionally, "Unhalfbricking" is to Fairport Convention (and Richard Thompson's career) as "Led Zeppelin III" is to Led Zeppelin: a stepping stone to what would be the path to wonderful things to come.
As a stand-alone work, it is still strong due to its otherworldly sound and diversity. It is a hidden late 1960s classic and some of Sandy Denny's finest moments.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What unhalfbricking means October 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Fairport album, for all the reasons that are given in the reviews below. What Fairport were trying to do (especially Sandy Denny) was to write modern material, but in a folk influenced style; a very difficult task. The strains would show when she left the band after Liege and Lief. Unhalfbricking is halfway between the folk pop of their first two albums and the all out folk rock of Liege and Lief. A Sailor's Life is my favourite track with an extended coda in the style of Cream (this band could really rock when they wanted to) and a beautiful vocal by Sandy in the first half.I think I can also have a go at explaining the title; "halfbricking" is the style of garden wall you see the couple standing against on the album cover (Sandy's parents by the way!). As such it stands for middle class suburban conformity. Unhalfbricking is, well, the opposite!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's ok.
Published 19 days ago by Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Un-halfway between `Holidays' and `Liege'
Fairport's third album was released in 1969 only a few months after `What we did on our Holidays.' It sees Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson et al joined for the first time by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Guardian
3.0 out of 5 stars Ode to Sandy Denny
These albums are old. But so am I. I have always felt that Sandy Denny had a voice from Heaven. I am also a Bob Dylan fan and after hearing his absolutely PERFECT performance of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philip Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Always be my Favourite
Though written by Dylan, I've never heard anything, by anyone, better than Percy's Song. I've heard Dylan play it (on a bootleg of an early show), but even had he put it down on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. M. H. Klauber
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced the LP
By this I remember my younger years when I went to see the folk groups in my hometown.
Love the sound. lost my LP
Published 16 months ago by Rina T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unhalfbricking does not age
Lived to its reputation as a classic. I enjoyed the entire album from start to finish. Sandy Dennys voice is ageless.
Published 19 months ago by Louis bordowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This is my first Fairport convention CD and I'm hooked.
Love the wide range of places they take their music.
Published on April 29, 2012 by I Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairport Convention creates a classic
Fairport Convention/ Unhalfbricking: The title is a meaningless term apparently thought up by Sandy when the band was playing a word game. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by J. Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll give it 4 stars
I'm not exactly quick to give a Fairport Convention album a high rating. I just can't get into this band the same way most people can. Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars I wonder................
I'll not comment just to agree with of whats already written here - all good stuff. It's just that when I listen to "A Sailor's Life" I imagine the scene in the studio when they... Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by K. A. James
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