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Heyday -The BBC Sessions 1968 -1969 / Extended [Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered]

Fairport Convention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00005YT5Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Close The Door Lightly When You Go
2. I Don't Know Where I Stand
3. Some Sweet Day
4. Reno, Nevada
5. Suzanne
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
15. Fotheringay
16. Si Tu Dois Partir
17. Cajun Woman
18. Autopsy
19. Reynardine
20. Tam Lin

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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

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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This is an appropriately named album as it was, indeed, Fairport Convention's "heyday". Those two-odd years with Sandy at the helm, culminating in 'Liege And Lief', saw the band's best music by far and their subsequent decline was rapid. The music is all taken from session material recorded for an indulgent BBC and is mostly cover versions of (at the time) obscure singer songwriters. The strongest impression I get from this CD is that the band had damned good taste - the songs are carefully chosen, the arrangments exquisite, the musicianship excellent (naturally) and the performances very strong indeed. Oh, and anybody who ever scoffed to hear Fairport Convention described as "Britain's answer to Jefferson Airplane" should listen to 'Reno, Nevada' to see how appropriate the description in fact was.
As if the original release wasn't good enough, this CD has been expanded with eight additional tracks featuring rare versions of some familiar numbers and a great booklet. Why only four stars rather than five? Well, there is the odd indifferent song and some of the material is non-essential and I'm not allowed to award it four-and-a-half stars. Nevertheless, anybody who's already got the three Sandy-era studio CDs can buy this with confidence.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is a compilation of recordings made for various BBC radio programmes between May 1968 and September 1969. Although billed as an 'extended' reissue of the 1987 album of the same name, this is something of an understatement - no fewer than eight tracks have been added to the original twelve. Three versions of the band are featured here, representing the line-ups that recorded 'What we did on our holidays' (12 tracks), 'Unhalfbricking' (6 tracks) and 'Liege and Lief' (2 tracks). Although it was Dave Swarbrick who guested on the studio recordings for 'Unhalfbricking', Family's Rick Grech plays violin here on "Si tu dois partir" and "Cajun Woman".
The recordings are from seven different BBC sessions, four of them for John Peel (14 tracks) and two for David Symonds (5 tracks), the odd one being for Stuart Henry. Sound quality is acceptable, considering the nature of the original recordings, although a couple of tracks have a few crackles. However, the early vocals on "I still miss someone" are out of tune, and David Symonds intrudes on the start and finish of an otherwise pleasing "Fotheringay". The band are clearly enjoying themselves and several of the performances are very good - notably a superb Sandy Denny rendition of "You never wanted me".
Unfortunately the tracks are not presented in the order that the sessions were recorded, because the music has the most impact when heard in chronological order. If you programme the play order to get round this, then you can hear the progression of the band from a fairly ordinary West Coast US sound to a truly distinctive British folk-rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairport Convention At Perhaps Their Best 13 Jun 2012
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I don't remember hearing Fairport Convention on the wireless in the late 1960s, so this came as a great surprise to me. This collection from the BBC archives has the band tackling many American songs, some from contemporaries, others from the band members' youth.

And just how well they do them! Eric Andersen's 'Close the Door Lightly When You Go', Jackson C Frank's 'You Never Wanted Me', Richard Fariña's 'Reno Nevada', Gene Clark's 'Tried So Hard', the Everly Brothers' 'Gone, Gone, Gone'... these are just some of the songs that truly shine, and which they make their own rather than merely cover. Whilst I quite like a lot of Fairport's folk music, and the version of 'Tam Lin' here is amazing, what we have here I find preferable to the jigs and reels that were soon to make up much of the band's repertoire.

The sound quality varies, there's a slightly intrusive DJ intro and outro on one track, not every song stands up well -- such as the strained original 'If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong', and Bob Dylan's 'Percy's Song' isn't one of my favourites -- and there are a few vocal and musical fluffs, but altogether I find myself playing this CD more than any other by the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairport...fair deal 27 April 2012
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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. Buy Lieg and Lief for a true indication of folk-rock class.
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Some of the reviews here are really good and I cannot disagree. I bought the CD as my LP was worn out because it was played too much and "If It Feels Good... " became unplayable - this was probably because I scratched it whilst terminating the only weak track early. The sound quality on the album was awful and it is not really improved on the CD as most of the tracks suffer from terrible distortion and dreadful wow and flutter from the master tapes. I suspect that the wow and flutter accounts for some of the recordings sounding out of tune. It is just two stars for sound quality.

I love the music ,however, and I am not disturbed by all the American covers. Fairport covered "Reno Nevada", "Gone,Gone,Gone" and "You Never Wanted Me" particularly well. This album takes me back to my youth when I used to listen to John Peel who really liked Fairport and did his best to promote them. We were also able to hear their progression to the top Folk "Rock" group all on the BBC. The CD has covers of songs from the albums "What We Did On Our Holidays", "Unhalfbricking" and "Liege and Lief" but the LP does not except for Percy's Song.

This CD also gives you the chance to compare Fairport with Judy Dyble on the first studio album and Judy's replacement on the following studio albums - Sandy Denny. Try comparing Judy's version of "Reno Nevada" and "I Don't Know Where I Stand" with Sandy's versions . Sadly, Sandy Denny died young and what a loss to music in general as she was very versatile and so were the rest of the band. Swarbrick, Thompson, Denny, Nicol became some of the greatest folk musicians of all.

If you can forgive the poor sound quality then it is really worth buying this album - so four stars in all for historical and comparison purposes. But if you buy this album you really need to buy the "Fairport Convention" CD (including bonus tracks) along with Judy Dyble as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous compendium of their work
Really love every song on this album and could listen to it all day every day. Good mix of songs
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Hoare
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but not too much.
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 more
Published 9 months ago by Bhillstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
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 more
Published 13 months ago by M. J. Prue
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving my youth
Just bought their new book, and now revisiting everything I heard in the 70s. Excellent miscellany of their skills. Thanks
Published 17 months ago by L. Bastable
5.0 out of 5 stars Some sweet days
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
Published 22 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars start here!
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 more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by LBS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Classic Fairport.
The remastering of this album (&/or the original BBC recording) leaves much to be desired, especially on the tracks 'You never wanted me' and 'Fotheringay' .. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2004 by D. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyday - Fairport Convention
This is an excellent and consistent Fairport Convention album. A mix of U.S. and U.K. folk-based songs with highly original and classy arrangements played with finesse and... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2002 by FERNANDO FIORE
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