Monday, September 6, 2021

Fairport Convention - The Lasting Spirit, The Collection [2005] (3 x CD's)

 

FAIRPORT CONVENTION

Fairport Convention - The Lasting Spirit, The Collection [2005] (3 x CD's)

British folk-rock band Fairport Convention started out in 1967 and over time has become a group that enjoys a unique relationship with its friends and fans. Beginning as a US folk rock influenced band, Fairport was always eager to draw from the best of intelligent contemporary songwriting, frequently including covers by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell in their live sets. With the arrival of the great Sandy Denny, the band’s material became broader based thanks to the British folk songs that Sandy brought to the table. The rest is history. The talented members of the band such as Ashley Hutchings, Dave Swarbrick and the legendary Richard Thompson together eagerly embraced the new music that Sandy Denny brought to their attention and the result was the emergence of new and fully formed British folk-rock.

Through a mindboggling series of line-up changes, Fairport Convention have kept the spirit of British folk--and folk-rock--burning for nearly 40 years. This 3 x CD anthology carefully selects some of the rarest and most enticing jewels from the back reaches of their catalog, including full coverage of their triumphant appearances at the Cropredy festival. (Amazon)

This Fairport Convention set represents a startlingly good idea that comes off well, a compilation of live performances from across the group's history, intermingling class concert recordings from back as far as the late '60s with much more recent work from the Cropredy Festival. What one comes away appreciating anew is just how good a rock band Fairport has been for most of its history -- at their best, in fact, as represented here (including recent performances by Richard Thompson), they come off as at least as good a rock band as, say, Jethro Tull is a folk outfit, if not better. The sound is good, even on the older material (which goes back to Julie Dyble's tenure with the group), and the selection covers a huge range of repertory, some of which will surprise and delight casual fans who may not know all of the strings to this band's bow. (AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder)

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Track lists


CD1

01 Fairport Convention Some Sweet Day 2:29

02 Fairport Convention You're Gonna Need My Help 4:07

03 Fairport Convention Both Sides Noe 3:08

04 Fairport Convention You Never Wanted Me 3:15

05 Fairport Convention Dear Landlord 3:46

06 Fairport Convention Night In The City 3:02

07 Fairport Convention Marcie 3:39

08 Fairport Convention Fatheringay 3:02

09 Fairport Convention Sir Patrick Spens 3:49

10 Fairport Convention Wings 4:26

11 Fairport Convention Suzanne 6:46

12 Fairport Convention Jack O'Diamonds 3:48

13 Fairport Convention Time Will Show The Wiser 3:16

14 Fairport Convention Mr Lacey 3:02

15 Fairport Convention Genesis Halt 3:50

16 Fairport Convention Reynardine 3:49

17 Fairport Convention Million Dollar Bash 4:09

18 Fairport Convention Matty Groves 7:26


CD2

01 Fairport Convention Set Me Up 4:20

02 Fairport Convention Medley, Cup Of Tea,Loaf Of Bread,Miss Monohan's 3:16

03 Fairport Convention Sock In It 5:29

04 Fairport Convention All Your Beauty 2:53

05 Fairport Convention London River 2:56

06 Fairport Convention Honour And Praise 5:19

07 Fairport Convention Rhythm Of The Time 5:50

08 Fairport Convention How Many Times 3:27

09 Fairport Convention Red And Gold 6:41

10 Fairport Convention Wat Tyler 5:32

11 Fairport Convention The Wishfullness Waltz 5:41

12 Fairport Convention Cloudy Banks 5:51

13 Fairport Convention Medley, Mock Morris, The Green Man, The Cropredy Badger, Molly On The Jetty 4:53

14 Fairport Convention Summer Before The War 4:30

15 Fairport Convention Sigh Beg Sigh Mor 7:14


CD3

01 Fairport Convention Walk Awhile (Live) 4:31

02 Fairport Convention John Gaudie (Live) 5:26

03 Fairport Convention Poor Willy And The Jolly Hangman (Live) 5:44

04 Fairport Convention Come All Ye (Live) 5:24

05 Fairport Convention Sloth (Live) 12:45

06 Fairport Convention Fiddlestix (Live) 3:08

07 Fairport Convention Solo (Live) 5:20

08 Fairport Convention Close To The Wind (Live) 6:05

09 Fairport Convention Jewel In The Crown (Live) 3:39

10 Fairport Convention I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Live) 3:41

11 Fairport Convention Woodworm Swing (Live) 3:15

12 Fairport Convention Si Tu Dois Partir (Live) 3:15

13 Fairport Convention Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Live) 6:30

14 Fairport Convention Meet On The Ledge (Live) 7:05

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