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Full House Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B00005NILD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Doctor Of Physick 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dirty Linen 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Now Be Thankful (Mono Version) 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament For The 77Th Mounted Lancers Retreat From The Straits Of Loch Knombe, 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bonny Bunch Of Roses10:47Album Only
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UK digitally remastered reissue of the 1970 album for Hannibal. Includes four bonus tracks, 'Now Be Thankful' (mono & new stereo mix), 'Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament...' & 'Bonny Bunch Of Roses'.

Placed in its early-1970s context, Full House finds Fairport Convention at what seemed a crucial test: its strongest singers, Sandy Denny and Ian (now Iain) Matthews had departed for new group and solo challenges, and co-leader Ashley Hutchings had defected to found a rival ensemble, Steeleye Span, leaving guitarist Richard Thompson at Fairport's helm. Happily, the revamped quintet passed with flying colours, forging a leaner, more muscular sound that extended both ends of the folk-rock equation; the balance between spirited jigs and reels, and four-square rock back beats, is underlined by the fiery exchanges traded by guitarists Thompson and Simon Nicol and fiddler Dave Swarbrick, explaining why many regard this as Fairport's strongest instrumental line-up. And, on "Sloth", Thompson prefigures the dark, modal rock epics of future solo works on an anti-war dirge that evokes a British version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. --Sam Sutherland

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
In 1970, Fairport Convention lost a founding king (the remarkably talented Ashley Hutchings) and a lead singing queen (the transcendent Sandy Denny), so you can forgive most people for thinking they would just fold. But they still had their ace (Richard Thompson), went to the deck, and most certainly came up with a Full House.
This is a fantastic album. Where "Liege & Lief" kicked the door open, this one comes storming through. Superb singing, incredible playing. This reissue is excellent. The sound is crisp and beautiful, a vast improvement over any previous edition. The intended running order has been restored, including the vagabond "Poor Will & the Jolly Hangman". The bonus tracks are great...the rare single "Now Be Thankful" is here in all it's monophonic glory (an overcooked stereo remix is here as well, but that's best avoided), as well as it's elaborately titled instrumental b-side. The absolutely stunning "Bonny Bunch of Roses" is indeed the rose on this cake.
Take your hand out of your mouth and your finger out of your eye and BUY THIS!! You won't be sorry.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "thomasbirch2" on 2 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
Widely considered to be one of the finest Fairport albums (despite Joe Boyd's deprecating sleevenotes on the newly-reissued sister album, "House Full - Live at the LA Troubadour"), this one was recorded by Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, and Daves Pegg, Swarbrick and Mattacks in the Spring of 1970. This celebrated line-up (which occasionally reforms at Fairport's annual Cropredy Festival) cut only this album in the studio (although the aforementioned "House Full - Live at the LA Troubadour" features them in concert, as does "The Cropredy Box", featuring them a full twenty-seven years on from cutting this album), so "Full House" is where this incarnation of Fairport's reputation largely rests.
The album is, by and large, superb. The Swarbrick/Thompson originals are of top quality, and among these, the heavy, dark "Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman" is finally reinstated to its rightful place on the album (although whether Richard Thompson still believes it has no place upon the record remains to be seen).
As to the reels, jigs and other traditional pieces here, the only-recently unearthed version of "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" (predating the version another Fairport recorded as an album's title-track by seven years) is superb, recalling such droning, modal material as "A Sailor's Life".
When taken as a whole, this reissue is near faultless. An outstanding original LP, remastered excellently, bolstered with stellar bonus material such as "Now be Thankful" and the snappily-titled "Sir B.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sundragon on 11 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Richard Thompson had always stood out in earlier Fairport albums with his songwriting and guitar work but it was this album where he was essentialy taking the band where he wanted it to go. That's not to say the other members don't make thier mark, Dave Swarbick performs some of his best violin solos on this album and Simon Nicol begins making his mark as a singer and guitarist.
Obviously, none of the band could compare to Sandy Denny on vocals, so they use vocal harmonies instead consisting usually of Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbick and Ashley Hutchings replacement Dave Pegg who create a beutiful vocal track by singing together.
The Stand out tracks on this album are the bouncy opener "Walk Awhile" the most jolly and carefree song fairport had done since Unhalfbricking and the 9 minute classic "Sloth" which could easily compete with "A sailors life" or "Matty Groves" from thier previous albums.
The Extra tracks on this remaster are fantastic and although having two versions of "Now be Thankful" seems a little pointless it doesn't matter as it's a fantastic song.
It arguebly doesn't compare with the work the band did with Denny but thats because its not supposed to, they're not trying to continue what they were doing with Denny they're trying to make thier own sound and thats exactly what they do.
This isn't just a follow up to "Liege and Lief" its an album that could quite easily compete with it and consequently it's one of the greatest folk/rock albums ever made.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. GODFREY on 20 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fairport Convention has proved over & over again that it is greater than the sum of its parts by surviving (and even growing from)departures of key personnel over the years. "Full House" was their first without the formidable talents of Sandy Denny, and it would be fair to describe the vocal efforts of the "boys in the band" as mainly tentative. Understandable enough, but for the most part they suit the material well, especially on the gloriously dark "Doctor of Physick" and the very moving "Flowers of the Forest". Dave Swabrick actually turns in a great vocal on the inspirational single "Now Be Thankful" (here included as a double bonus in both mono and stereo). But hey, this album is about instrumental versatility more than anything, and here it is in spades. The arrival of Dave Pegg on bass introduced a rock solid bottom line to underpin the adventurous forays of Swarb on fiddle and mandoline and the ever-magnificent Sir Richard of Thompson on titanic guitar ("Sloth", "Poor Will & the Jolly Hangman"). "Dirty Linen" and "Flatback Caper" bear eloquent testimony to the tightness of the band's ensemble playing and the whole collection bears out the oft-repeated claim that Fairport were/are the best folk-rock band ever. This remaster is a great improvement over the original release, with "Poor Will" restored to its rightful place, both sides of the "Thankful" single and the wonderful "Bonny Bunch of Roses". Superb stuff.
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