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Before the Moon: Live in Denver 1974 [Live]

Fairport Convention Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Burning Airlines
  • ASIN: B000066TUD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rising For The Moon
2. Solo
3. Dirty Linen
4. One More Chance
5. Sloth
6. It'll Take A Long Time
7. Matty Grooves
8. Hens March / Medley
9. Down In The Flood
Disc: 2
1. Matty Grooves
2. Solo
3. Dirty Linen
4. Fiddlestix
5. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
6. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
7. Hexhamshire Lass
8. Bring 'Em Down
9. Down In The Flood
10. John The Gun
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

2CD-EAN 800945013321 -LIVE COLORADO 1974

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I (almost) never sing out of tune 24 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sandy Denny's play on her own lyrics, while singing "Solo", neatly sums up these live performances. This is a true "warts and all" recording and fully captures the magic of this Fairport line-up. If you were fortunate enough to see them at the time, this will help you re-experience the moment - utterly brilliant playing tinged with something bordering on chaos. They did not act like stars, they asked you to join them and share in what they were doing.
The high spots are very high - Dave Pegg's playing is breath-taking and the versions of "Sloth" and "Dirty Linen" are as good as they get. The low moments might catch out a listener unfamiliar with the band or expecting the type of sanitised live music we so often hear now.
If you love Fairport buy this CD today. If you are not familiar with them, there are safer places to start
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Sandy Denny era Fairport 15 Oct 2013
By sjh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This Compact disc is from a gig Fairport recorded prior to the rising for the moon album, the tunes are all there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest FC live disc 15 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first set is pretty terrific. Trevor amuses with a brief explanation of Matty Groves - although this is one of those slow-paced versions with over-emotive vocals, never exactly been favorites of Fairportologists. Rising For The Moon and One More Chance appear as works in progress, and the latter is already shaping up to be an epic. The Sloth that follows (two slow-paced guitar monsters in succession!) is pretty savory, especially for fans of Dave's wah-wah bass solos (we do exist!)
The highlight of the entire package is actually in the second set - after Trevor has failed to explain the meaning of the song, Bring 'Em Down becomes the third monster song of the night - Swarb spending almost ten minutes wringing everything he can out of the echo chamber and the wah-wah pedal.
The embarrassing moments - discounting the spoken introductions - are the second takes of Solo and (especially) Down In The Flood and the subsequent versions of John The Gun and Sir B MacKenzie. From the start, Sandy sounds uncomfortable with the keyboards, but as the second show progresses her vocals become increasingly sloppy and out-of-tune. For obvious reasons - the whole band sound drunk by the end of the show!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Half asleep in Denver 3 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Unfortunately the release of this rambling shambolic badly mixed mess of a concert adds nothing to the Fairport canon. Sandy's voice is sadly out of tune and indistinctive much of the time and and the instrumental playing makes 'Live Convention' seem like a masterpiece. Trevor Lucas was never my favourite band member and is less than inspired here. For live Sandy get 'Goldrush'. Live Swarbick is better with an earlier lineup
Thompson, Nicol etc. live at the Troubadour LA. The booklet for some reason includes a photo of Richard and Linda Thompson. Perhaps they would have made things more interesting. For completists only!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Fairport show finally available 14 Jan 2003
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These two CD's are a welcome treat for Fairport Convention fans. This line-up includes Sandy Denny back on board and is one of the very best of countless Fairport's ever captured on tape. Recorded live in Colorado in 1974 this tape has traded hands among collectors for many years and thanks to Dave Pegg this release has now been made available. This is a jammier Fairport than by today's standards but remember this recording is from another era. Trevor Lucas shares vocal duties with wife sandy and many of his tunes shine as brightly as her's. The inclusion of "Bring Em' Down" is worth the purchase price alone. This tune features a cosmic instrumental section featuring Swarb's fiddle doing things that would make the Grateful Dead green with envy. A epic version of "Sloth" is also a keeper. The jig's & reels are here and lot's of Sandy's songs as well. This is a very enjoyable listen for fan's, and I would give these Disc's more stars if the sound quality was better. That said if you enjoy Fairport these disc's will be a welcome addition to your collection.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars untitled 5 Aug 2003
By William Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although the sound quality is poor in parts , and the band sound as though the bar bill will be higher than the gig pays ( yet again ) this 1974 live recording is a great set for fans of Fairpot or Sandy Denny.It is wonderful to hear Sandy get inside the tunes and weave some magic moments. The boys in the band are really getting away with the tunes by this time and as much as I hate to single anyone out Jerry Donahue really is brilliant on these discs.an underated player in a very underated band.
Fairport where no slick roadshow of studied proffesionalism, and as with many great live bands it is the slightly sour moments that elevate the sweet to real heights.
4.0 out of 5 stars ATMOSPHERIC 15 April 2014
By Steve B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I played this on a basic music system the sound was distant and indistinct. Playing it on a high-end system made all the difference- I felt as if I was in the bar enjoying the atmosphere! Anyone who thinks Trevor Lucas was a mediocre artist needs to listen to the rousing anarchist anthem Bring 'em Down- I think Before the Moon is the only album to feature this exceptionally strong track.
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