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Encore Encore [Import]

Fairport Convention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Brilliant
  • ASIN: B000H30AAK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Edmonds VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a CD reissue of 'Farewell Farewell', the album made during the band's so-called Farewell Tour of 1979. The last venue on that tour was a field at Cropredy in Oxfordshire that proved to be the start of new era as well as the end of an old one - hence the title given to the CD. The line-up comprised Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick, who shared the lead vocals and instrumental spotlight, with a rhythm section of Dave Pegg (also occasional vocalist) and Bruce Rowland.
As expected this is a ramble through the back catalogue with the band playing well and clearly enjoying themselves, mixing some tight performances with an 'end of term' feel reflected in the on-stage banter. The quality is acceptable for live recordings. The version of the much re-recorded 'Matty Groves' is one of the best; taken at a jogging pace it builds nicely to a medley of 'High Road to Linton' and an exuberant version of "Orange Blossom Special" with Swarb in great form. Simon enjoys himself with electric guitar, particularly on "Mr Lacey", and if there is a weak track from the original selection it is probably the tongue-in-cheek "Bridge Over the River Ash", which was a visual piece and needed to be seen as well as heard. Very much the odd track out is the only studio recording here, the band's final single "Rubber Band", which might have been better placed at the end rather than between the original and bonus live tracks. All of the latter are instrumentals that have been long-standing features of the band's live set. They are well performed and so make good-value CD fillers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More? More? 6 Oct 2013
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Well, you can't have too much Fairport, so more is always good, and when I first bought this on vinyl as "Fairwell, Fairwell" I played it a lot. It's good to hear the band pleasantly relaxed: even though this was a fairwell concert the guys were certainly not overawed by the occasion. However, the truth is that this does not always make for the best music. There are now dozens of live Fairport albums, the best for me being "House Full", "The Cropredy Box" and one or tow of their official bootlegs, but if you're a fan you'll still love this. The bonus tracks: I had never heard the single before but it's great. And as far as I know this is the only place you can get it, so for completists - buy the album. Then, presumably from about the same time as the farewell concert, there are versions of three of the band's instrumentals, each of them medleys, so you get about nine tunes back to back, in three batches. Odd to hear them all together (something they would never do in concert), but maybe it does add to the unique, curiosity value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Document of the End of an Era 17 Feb 2000
By Fairportfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released on vinyl in 1979 as "Farewell Farewell" (with a much-superior cover), this is a documentation of Fairport's "Farewell Tour" before they broke up (and re-formed in '87 and continue to this day).
It was re-released on CD once before, then went out-of-print, and is now available once again; the previous re-release added one bonus track, this one adds three more (the original LP ended with "Meet on the Ledge" as most live Fairport shows still do).
Fairport are definitely best seen live, and this album comes veryvery close to matching that experience.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only legitimate Fairport recording on which one can hear Swarbrick tearing up "Orange Blossom Special" -- it's almost worth it just for that. In one of her novels, SF author Emma Bull says of a band that the bass player "grabbed a handful of strings and began to climb the alphabet"; in answer to "How does he *do* that?", the reply is "Too much Fairport Convention as a child." Peggie's bass on this performance of "Orange Blossom Special" might have been the inspiration for that crack, and Bruce Rowland (who only just recently replaced Dave Mattacks on drums in Fairport again) is right there too, driving the rhythm and complementing Swarb's fiddle perfectly.
"Bridge on the River Ash", as usual is a hoot -- all of the non-fiddler members of Fairport playing fiddles, with running commentary.
Given that we thought at the time that it was the end for Fairport, the performance of "Meet on the Ledge", which is about endings and beginnings again and friendship and loss and all the things Really Good Music is about, was a particularly poignant ending to the original album, here somewhat undercut by the inclusion of four bonus tracks after it, though the bonus tracks included are all excellent and well-worth having, particularly "Rubber Band" and "Flatback Caper".
Summing up -- an album worth having in and of itself, an important document of an important moment in Fairport's career, and a unique opportunity to hear any further proof you need that Dave Swarbrick is a Great Fiddler...
5.0 out of 5 stars A little-known but fantastic Fairport live album 18 Sep 2002
By woburnmusicfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By 1979, Fairport Convention realized that it was never going to sell enough albums to be profitable, so the members decided to break up (a resolve that lasted six years). Having made that decision, they played a lively, lighthearted farewell tour, which is captured on this live album, originally titled "Farewell, Farewell". In addition to Fairport standards "Meet on the Ledge", "Walk Awhile", and the inevitable "Matty Groves", there are fantastic renditions of lesser-known songs like "John Lee" and "The Journeyman's Grace". And there's the funny rendition of "Bridge over the River Ash", which as Simon Nicol says, "does for the string quartet about what the Amadeus Quartet does for international high-board diving." The CD includes a studio single, "Rubber Band", that wasn't on the original album. The "Encore, Encore" version includes three extra instrumentals. There are some overdubs (when Nicol takes a guitar solo on "Journeyman's Grace", his rhythm part keeps playing) and this may explain the great vocal harmonies. This was the first Fairport album I ever owned, and 20 albums later, it's still second only to "What We Did on Our Holidays" in my heart.
4.0 out of 5 stars Farewell, Farewell under a different title 7 July 2009
By Mr. Clifton Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This came out (minus a few bonus tracks) in 1979 when they split up (for a few years). Dave Swarbrick had become the main man in the band and deafness was starting to affect him so it was time for him to throw in the towel with electric music and the band decided to follow suit. They played two concerts on their final day, at Knebworth (where I saw them) and at Cropredy (where I didn't). The album represented what they played on the final tour, with a few really old surprising chestnuts which they hadn't played in years thrown in. Better versions of 'Matty Groves' exist for the most part, but this version redeems itself when it turns into 'Orange Blossom Special'. The band are clearly not taking themselves very seriously on 'Bridge Over the River Ash' (there again, did they ever?) but otherwise it is a very listenable collection. There is great pathos inthe violin solo on 'Meet on the Ledge' which makes it a fitting farewell indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was not the end of the road 24 Nov 1999
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You are lucky that this CD exists because this was to be the last recording of Fairport Convention at the time of it's release in Nov 79. It is a taste of their final UK tour, it features Dave Swarbrick on vocals & violin, Simon Nicol on guitar & vocals MR. Dave Pegg on bass guitar & vocals and Bruce Rowland on drums. This is Fairport doing what they do better than anyone else: PLAYING LIVE AND HAVING FUN DOING IT! No this isn't the greatest Fairport record, but it is Swarb playing the best fiddle tunes, Pegggy playing better bass than anybody has a right to, Simon and Bruce in-sinc as a great rhythm section. This band is alive and well 33 years after they formed and still tour the world to small but very happy audience. " Matty Groves" & " Meet On the Ledge are on this CD (they are played at every Fairport concert) and a very wierd Version of "Rubber Band".
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