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|1. Close The Door Lightly When You Go|
|2. I Don't Know Where I Stand|
|3. Some Sweet Day|
|4. Reno, Nevada|
|6. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong|
|7. I Still Miss Someone|
|8. Bird On A Wire|
|9. Gone, Gone, Gone|
|10. Tried So Hard|
|11. Shattering Live Experience|
|12. Percy's Song|
|13. You Never Wanted Me|
|14. Nottamun Town|
|16. Si Tu Dois Partir|
|17. Cajun Woman|
|20. Tam Lin|
Heyday captures the classic Fairport Convention line-up in session for John Peel's Top Gear programme on BBC Radio 1 in 1968 and 1969. The band cover some of their favourite songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers amongst others. The album is digitally remastered with eight bonus tracks from the same sessions. Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention were widely tipped to be the English Jefferson Airplane. Much against the advice of their longtime producer and mentor, Joe Boyd, the band recorded a string of cover versions for broadcast on the BBC. The fact that these songs were live favourites didn't cut it with Boyd. He felt that the band should concentrate on developing their own quintessentially English sound. The band overruled Boyd's objections and Heyday saw the light of day in 1987. Now digitally remastered, Heyday is a testament to the fact that Fairport Convention could do the West Coast American sound better than the Americans.
When a dozen of these songs were released on the first (1987) issue of Heyday, Fairport's original producer Joe Boyd revealed that almost 20 years earlier he'd vetoed numbers like Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" and the Everly Brothers' "Gone, Gone, Gone" from consideration for the LPs Unhalfbricking and Liege And Lief, on the grounds that "Americans did these sort of songs in their sleep better than any English band could hope to". Any view from 30-odd years later is likely to be obscured by rosy clouds of nostalgia, but Boyd's opinion seems to be vindicated, especially now that the album has been extended with tracks from the British tradition like "Nottamun Town", "Reynardine" and "Tam Lin" that demonstrate what Fairport really did do well. Also added to the 87 album are a couple of touching originals by Sandy Denny performed as solos, "Fotheringay" and "Autopsy", and an appealingly ramshackle go at Richard Thompson's bayou-blues "Cajun Woman". --Tony Russell
Really love every song on this album and could listen to it all day every day. Good mix of songsPublished 23 months ago by Elizabeth Hoare
Fairport Convention was British folk at its best. I had much of thier earlier work on vinyl but have slowly gone ontp Cd's as they wore out.. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bhillstead
Heard all of these on the radio at the time - it's amazing how clearly I remember them. Perhaps that's testament to the brilliance of Fairport - especially in their early days. Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by M. J. Prue
Just bought their new book, and now revisiting everything I heard in the 70s. Excellent miscellany of their skills. ThanksPublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by L. Bastable
What a sheer and utter delight.
From the crystal clear first notes of the opening track, Eric Andersen`s Close The Door Lightly When You Go, Ian Matthews` voice as lucent as... Read more
the early fairport had a charm of their very own. with accomplished playing and exquisite taste, a mostly teenage band cherry pick and play their way through a selection of... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2012 by LBS
The sadly missed bell-like qualities of Sandy Denny's vocals and Richard Thompson's brilliant guitar work star in this particularly impressive collection of Fairport favourites. Read morePublished on 27 April 2012 by goatsrant