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.