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Fairport Convention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Masters
  • ASIN: B00001ZTYX
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A half-baked half-hour 15 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Short on running time, short of quality material.

As a planned Dave Swarbrick solo album that was hastily redesigned as a Fairport album to close a contract, with a motley crew of guest musicians drafted in to cover for the current lack of a working band...it was never going to be great.

But it's still a shock to hear how weak Swarb's self-penned songs are. In particular, he's no lyricist - the uncorrected errors allied to song-concepts that were shopworn anyway would shame the Bee Gees...and this from the brains behind the Babbacombe Lee album? Nearest thing to a good original song here is Limey's Lament - a Subterranean-Homesick-Blues-style chanted list of, well, "things to blame on America" - and even this goes on too long and repeats itself.

The band sounds anonymous - arrangements are nothing to write home about, and if Martin Carthy, Roger Burridge and Simon Nicol (then an ex-Fairport) are on this album, you'd never guess.

On the credit side - the two traditional numbers are charming enough, and Cropredy Capers is an unusual jamming number that takes Swarb into the world of funk, filtering his characteristic celtic fiddle licks through a wah-wah pedal over a Gumbo-Variations-type groove. (Influence on late-'90s Eliza Carthy perhaps?) There's also a Gallagher & Lyle song with the composers themselves on backing vox, and - more importantly - Sandy's Song (aka Take Away The Load), written by the late great Ms Denny herself though she never properly recorded it.

But this adds up to a little over a quarter of an hour of worthwhile music - and that probably won't justify the asking price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two tracks good, seven dodgy 10 Sep 2004
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Buy this album only for Cropredy Capers and The Frog Up The Pump.
Worth the money for those two tracks alone - and just as well.
A nadir that at least caused Simon Nicol to rejoin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The low point - things could only get better.. 20 Jun 2000
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Oh dear. Recorded at a time when punk was exploding onto the scene, this record sounds very outdated. It was clear the band had lost direction, and this sorry collection of half-baked ideas has little going for it, although 'Frog up the Pump' shows a little spirit. I'd recommend any Fairport record other than this one!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not their best by a mile. 31 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Fairport Convention fan for many years, I have come to expect a certain standard of music from this great band. Unfortunately, this album does not live up to expectations.
With the exception of 'Cropedy Capers' & 'The Frog Up The Pump' most tracks are weak.
To be honest, on first hearing this album I was reminded of Chas and Dave.
It is that this is a bad album, in fact some of the tracks are good fun, but not a good example of their output.
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