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In Real Time

Fairport Convention Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00002649B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Reynard The Fox (Studio Live Version)
2. The Widow Of Westmorland's Daughter (Studio Live Version)
3. The Hiring Fair (Studio Live Version)
4. Crazy Man Michael (Studio Live Version)
5. Close To The Wind (Studio Live Version)
6. 'Big Three' Medley (Studio Live Version)
7. Meet On The Ledge (Studio Version)

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2.0 out of 5 stars It's not live 29 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
The reviewer below mentions that this doesn't really sound like a live album. That's because it isn't!!!
Fairport owed Island a live album and without time to schedule any concerts merely recorded in the studio and then overdubbed applause from a John Martyn live recording.
They're still decent versions and any Fairport is better than no Fairport - but for the definitive live sound of the group get Housefull
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special Christmas present 6 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A very dear friend was actually present at this concert and can be viewed in the crowd on the cover. I was running out of ideas for pressies and he was chuffed to bits with this. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album I've ever heard 8 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I've never been the biggest fan of Fairport Convention, especially the early stuff, and find the studio albums a bit clinical and lacking in atmosphere. However, in concert, they just get better and better, and this album is as good as they come, I bought it many years ago and still play it frequently. Combining some old favourites like 'Reynard the Fox' and 'Crazy Man Michael', with newer work like 'The Hiring Fair' (OK, it's not that new any more) it shows Fairport at their best. On the negative side I have still never heard a version of 'Widow of Westmorland's Daughter' where I could understand the lyrics, and why there is a studio version of 'Meet on the Ledge' at the end is beyond me. Unlike most live albums the crowd noise is subdued, so it plays more like a studio album, which may not suite every taste, but I reckon that if you only want one Fairport album, this should be the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PHONY LIVE ALBUM 20 Jan 2006
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In Real Time was produced by the band for Release in 1987 so they could have something to peddle to the masses that would be seeing them as the opening act for a certain Jethro Tull during the "Crest Of A Knave" tour.
It was recorded live in the studio (at the band's own Woodworm Records) with pre-recorded audience sounds tacked on, pictures from the Cropredy Festival were included to lead all to believe it was recorded there.
That said even if it is "The Phony Live Album" it is a most excellent one and also one of the best recordings in the band's history.
It begins with "Reynard The Fox", and the playing is stellar, Ric Sanders is way on top of this one, taking is fiddle where no one has gone before or since. "Widow of Westmorland's Daughter" has about a million words in it and vocalist Simon Nicol sings em' all in just over three minutes, best version of this ditty on record. Next up is the "Hiring Fair", first heard on a Swarbrick/ Nicol record in the early 80's, this version is way better because Simon's voice had matured to a fine instrument by 1987, and the fantastic "Cosmic" solo by Ric is just amazing...on seeing the band play this in 89, my friend called it "Soul Fiddlin" and I tend to agree with that.
"Crazy Man Michael", sounds really pretty, some reviewers really hate this version because it's a lot different from the original...well even without Richard's guitar, it's still worth a listen.
Side Two starts up with "Close To The Wind" and it's my favorite on this Disk, quite simply put it's a GREAT song and and the band's performance is fantastic. Next is the show closer "Matty Groves" in it's late 80's arrangement and it's my favorite of the dozens of versions out there on other CD's, but that said, I do wonder how it's gonna sound the next time the boy's are at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, Ca. Tacked on at the end of the disk is the 87 version of "Meet On The Ledge", lot's of folks do not like this version for some reason or another, I don't get it, can't understand why it ticks off these people, like "Mattty" it's my favorite version of this classic (along with Iain Matthews solo rendering live in concert).
If I were to have a complaint about "In Real Time"... I'd wish it was twice it's current length...... FIVE STARS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supplies an audio version of the real thing 24 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever been to Cropredy?, If you have, buy this. Turn down the lights, wind up the volume. Now drink a few glasses of Wadsworth 6X., This is what its all about. The only thing missing is the feeling of being amongst 15,000 or so others who keep coming back year after year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Fairport Album 1 May 2012
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl (and later on CD) right after seeing "Fairport Friends" (basically Sanders and Nicol along with Mattacks and Pegg, who then played the main set with Tull) at Jones Beach. In fact, we only went to the concert at all because I wondered if "Fairport Friends" had anything to do with an electric folk-rock band I'd seen at college called Fairport Convention (Rising for the Moon tour, UEA date).

My wife and I were so blown away by the band we went right out and bought In Reel Time and blasted it out at the drop of a hat. On one memorable occasion a house guest sitting on the porch while In Reel Time was playing inside suddenly sat up and said "This is Matty Groves!". Yes it was, I confirmed. "But...it's *good*!"

He had only ever heard the dirge-like efforts of Joan Baez and had no idea the song could be injected with a bit of "oomph" to get you invested in the story it tells.

The album is that rarest of things, a great mix of material performed well by people who love their craft and the material. Sanders catapults the songs from mere entertainment to a dynamic experience that leaves me breathless, Nicol's voice is in fine form and the band is tight. The material still moves me as it did the first time I heard it,and I've seen the band quite a few times since then and have a collection of their recordings that numbers over two dozen, many bought at concerts from the band themselves.

Buy this recording.

"Hiring Fair" is magnificent and the arrangement so much better than Ralph McTell's (the writer) on "From Clare to Here". "Crazy Man Michael" will have you saying "Wait, *what*? as the story unfolds, and this particular version of Matty Groves is, in my opinion, the best laid down in a studio. "Widow of Westmoreland's Daughter" is laugh out loud funny and a great showcase for Sanders' skill - sounds like he was being paid by the note. "Close to the Wind" is a tale of the inevitability of life for the disenfranchised and "Meet on the Ledge", well, that is a classic concert ending anthem for Fairport Convention. They couldn't really end a fake live album without doing it and I for one am glad they included it.

Who cares if it ain't actually "live"? It certainly feels live. Richard Thompson? A great artist and wonderful songwriter, but he hasn't been a member of the regular line up of Fairport Convention in decades. Get over it people! Nicol's vocals are superb. What next? Complaining that Sanders isn't Swarbrick?

I can't agree that the mix is "muddy" either. I found it resonant and bright. Perhaps a bit of work at the old graphic equalizer is needed by those who feel otherwise.

In any event I recommend this recording to everyone but especially those who might be wondering who Fairport Convention are and what they sound like.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairport at their best 17 Dec 1998
By Gregory Klebanoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion this is Fairport's best live album. They are very well rehersed and tight and the version of Matty Groves contained herein is nothing short of incredable.
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! 18 April 2013
By Beth Dysinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love Fairport Convention, then you MUST HAVE this album! I have seen them 3 times in concert and listen to this album just about every day!
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