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Fairport wisely recorded these shows: Sydney Opera House, Rainbow Theatre, London & Fairfield Hall, Croydon to capture the: Sandy Denny/Dave Swarbrick/Trevor Lucas/ Jerry Donahue, "Rising For The Moon" edition of Fairport Convention.
"Matty Groves" is the first track, and it's a good one from Sandy with Swarb leading the boys with nice solos on the fiddle (parts of this are mixed into the" Matty Mega-Mix" on the "UnConventional Box Set")." Rosie" & "Fiddlestix " are next and again showcase Swarb in fine form. Trevor get's the spotlight on: "Something You Got" and a very nice version of: "Sloth" is next with some very beautful guitar solos from Jerry and a wonderful bass solo from Mr. David Pegg, then Swarb goes "Cosmic" with his fiddle (one of the best of 3,128 recorded versions out there). This Sloth is one of the short ones at only 11 and a half minutes.
"Dirty Linen", "Down in the Flood" & "Sir B. MacKenzie" rap the original release, then we arrive at the bonus tracks. A brief introduction of the band members, then it's: "The Hexhamshire Lass" finely sung by Swarb with Dave Mattacks drums matching eveything Swarb does on his fiddle. Trevor performs: "Polly on the Shore" his best known tune and it's a stunner of a version. Next up is: "Bring Em' Down" and it's the gem of this expanded edition of: "Live Convention" at almost 14 minutes in length it's got Trevor's best vocal on disk and gives Swarb a chance to go ape$#!Read more ›
The original release of this album left us with the impression that Trevor Lucas was mostly in a supporting role. The bonus tracks finally demonstrate just how crucial Trevor was to this Fairport lineup. Too bad it didn't last. This was a powerful band. 4 1/2 stars.
The bonus tracks are revelatory, especially since I never heard Trevor sing John Prine. Only fault I can find is that the between-song talking parts weren't trimmed to allow the inclusion of the stunning "Days of '49" from the same Sydney shows, which you can find on the Australian "Fiddlestix" compilation on the Raven label.
Indeed, this particular incarnation (where they began to be referred to affectionately as "Fotheringport Confusion") is on par with the best of this incredible band.
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A must for any Fairport fan. Saw them in Durham, N.C. in 1971 (?) after the release of "Angel Delight." They opened for Traffic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norman S. Draper
This version of Fairport doesn't get much respect but they are on fire on the instrumentals and the Sloth & John The Gun have the gravitas required in this live setting.Published on December 18, 2012 by greg kidd