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Angel Delight [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Fairport Convention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0002HV2MQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairport Delight! 24 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Angel Delight was Fairport's follow-up to their master-piece "Full House".

Guitarist and songwiter Richard Thompson had left the band before the recordings for the album, but some songs had been written and rehearsed before he left. Thompson is co-writer on two songs and though his personal vocals are missed, his absence is actually surprisingly not very obvious.

Before the recordings of "Full House" the band had moved in together in an old inn called "The Angel Inn" ( hence the title of the album ), and they lived there together during the recordings of this album too. Actually Richard Thompson still lived there after he had left Fairport Convention to pursue a solo-career; so obviously he still played a part in the band's musical direction.

Guitarist Simon Nicol reveals in the sleeve-notes that he was not too familiar with the electric guitar at this point; but he obviously had been very much inspired by Thompson's style and his playing on the album is great.

As with "Full House" the songs is a mixture of traditional songs and new originals written by the band.

The opener "Lord Marlborough" is one the traditionals. This old folk song features great lead vocals by Dave Swarbrick; catchy melody in a very unusual/difficult rhythm, which makes the song even more fascinating.

Simon Nicol takes over the lead vocals on the next traditional "Sir William Gower". The distorted guitar makes you think of Steeleye Span at their most electric/rocking period. Another good track!

The first of the album's two instrumentals is the the violin-dominated "Bridge Over the River Ash" - almost like a classical piece.

Dave Swarbrick takes over again the lead vocals on his and Simon Nicol's "Wizzard of the Worldly Game".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music - but only 42 minutes of it... 16 Jan 2006
By Tim Edmonds VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album was released by a Fairport reduced to just four members after the decision of Richard Thompson to leave the band. We now know that the concept of Fairport is greater than the sum of its parts, but the prospects in 1971 seemed bleak - how could the music survive the departure of its guitar virtuoso? Well this album was remarkably good at the time and it still manages to sound fresh and lively, with the vocal harmonies and throbbing instrumentals giving it a sound distinct from other Fairport albums. It has a definite traditional feel with an interesting combination of light and dark tones.

There are four traditional songs and two sets of traditional tunes given the Fairport treatment. The title track is autobiographical - a light-hearted description of life in the former 'Angel Inn' where the band lived in 1970/1. Also in a humorous vein, the "Bridge over the River Ash" medley takes the form of a 'string quartet' and was a feature of the live act for several years, with the title being renamed to reflect the local river. Other tracks that became regulars at concerts are the Swarbrick/Thompson song "The Journeyman's Grace" and the traditional tale of rural bawdiness "The Bonny Black Hare". Revived more recently was "Banks of the Sweet Primroses", which reappeared in a new recording on the "XXXV" album a few years back.
The repackaging consists of a card slip-case and an insert booklet with track details and notes by Simon Nicol. The remastering seems to have sharpened up the sound on several tracks but it is disappointing that there is only one bonus track. This is a BBC recording of "The Journeyman's Grace" which features Richard Thompson and so provides an interesting contrast to the studio version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars half-hidden gem 9 Aug 2009
By cerrig
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..half-hidden, that is, by unhelpful preconceptions that bypass your ears. Sometimes categorised by critics as from a band in decline, by Sandy Denny mourners (of whom I'm one) as Fairport but lacking Sandy, by Thompson fans (of whom I'm also one) as Fairport but lacking RT, this album deserves some ear- and mind-cleaning before giving it a proper hearing. I think it then emerges as absolutely one of the best things generated by that wonderfully rambling long-lived collective known as Fairport Convention. Reasons: 1. sacrilege, I know, but the mighty Thomson did sometimes overbalance the band and led Swarb into some heavy speed;for my money this is better balanced than "Full House," and despite the shimmering beauty of much of"Liege and L," more consistent than that album. 2. Swarb really gets into his own style of singing here, a voice for traditional and tradition-inspired songs which isn't finger-in-the-ear heavy yet is English, not faux-American (or Irish!)3 Nicol, Swarb and Pegg are beautifully balanced on this album, and Swarb's playing is inventive, rhythmically powerful yet melodic, and never heavy-handed. 4. Where's the duff track? 5. It's got some humour in it (title track), good original songs ("Journeyman," "Wizard of the W.G.") some heavy songs (tracks 9 and 10) 6. DM, always faultless but sometimes a little too chuggy for me, is on best form - and so on. They are four exceptionally talented people in their own right, it's half-baked to see them as "notSandy" or "notRichard." And the digitally remastered edition with very enjoyable notes by Simon N is excellently done and packaged, so it's actually worth buying the CD itself, for once. Well, suit yourself, as Frankie Howard used to say, but try to forget that it was issued in the early 70s, and listen to it as though it had just come out. If you enjoy this kind of music, you'd surely see it as a really exceptional album and be impressed and - Delighted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days - this is a delight
This, Liege & Leaf and Full House are my favourites and I wholeheartedly recommend them. Am seeing Fairport at this years Acoustic Festival which will bring back good memories... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Drewmuse
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairpost best album
Again great, already owned the original vinyl version. (nothing beat the old vinyl)One of the best albums from this famous folk rock band
Published 21 months ago by Pieter Westdijk
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nostalgic experience!
The Fairport Convention lived within 200 yards of my house when this recording was made and my wife taught Dave Swarbrick's son at the JMI school. Read more
Published 22 months ago by T. Denniss
3.0 out of 5 stars standardised fairport release
For whatever reason - the pressure of touring, lack of inspiration, upheavals in the band lineup - Fairport's music became a standard issue release sound for this album and just... Read more
Published 23 months ago by F. M. Havicon
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-unite with a Delight
An album that I bought on vinyl when it first came out, but which I had not listened to for many years. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by Peter Scarisbrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful !
I have to say, I`ve never felt that Dave Swarbrick was singing with a cod Irish accent. It sounds English to me. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairport maligned....
This album along with Babbacombe Lee and Rosie is being remastered and reissued along with some bonus tracks by all accounts, so I'd hold off the purchase, made by the same line up... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2004 by James R. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the last good Fairport Convention album
This was the very first Fairport Convention album I bought more years ago than I care to remember. I chose it because it had the highest chart placing of any Fairport LP (no. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2004 by C. C. Williams
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