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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000006YLT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. John's Reflections On His Boyhood, ... 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. This Was The Happiest Period In His Life. ...10:10Album Only
  3. Tragedy Now Strikes Hard. ... 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. John Was Hardly More Than A Bewildered Observer At His Own Trial, ... 7:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. When It Comes, He Cannot Sleep, ...13:09Album Only

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Babbacombe Lee" is simply one of Fairport's finest achievments. The true story of John Lee is as mysterious and wonderous today as it ever was, especially in the way Fairport's classic line-up tells it. Obviously, it sadly lacks the voice of Sandy Denny but this does not affect the album's chances of being classed as a true Fairport Convention classic. The story has to be understood to appreciate the album however, and this may make the album less appealing to people living outside the UK if they do not understand the nature of British folk. But overall, a real success and an album well worth listening to, certainly one of my favourites from Fairport.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul S. Bird VINE VOICE on 9 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
The liner notes not only explain who the people on the front are, but also give a little information about the real John Lee. Fairport have always been great at arranging traditional songs, but their own original material is still of a high standard and sits comfortably along side their other work. I would, perhaps, have liked the album to be split into songs rather than themes, and there's one song on here that really doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the material. Still, it works, and they've been brave in tackling an unusual historical event. For me, I still prefer Tippler's Tales and The Bonny Bunch Of Roses, but we're all entitled to our opinions.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are better FC albums from the early Seventies, but Babbacombe Lee is still a must-have, especially for fans of the Swarbrick, Nicol, Pegg, Mattacks line-up. And it`s Fairport`s only attempt at a concept album- a fascinating, if somewhat macabre, story it is, too! Musically, it`s nowhere near as entertaining or as diverse as Angel Delight(released earlier the same year), but the real strongpoint of this album is the articulate and no-nonsense lyrics, which are sung with great clarity throughout. There`s not enough violin or mandolin on Babbacombe Lee and the album doesn`t really live up to its early promise, although the track `John Lee` really jumps out at you, great lyrics there, too. The tone gets increasingly melancholy as the album progresses, which is appropriate enough considering the subject matter, but you really need to be in the right mood for listening to it. The final track, though, is a real white-knuckle ride, as it recounts John Lee`s ultimate escape from the hangman`s noose, after having endured the unimaginable agony of waiting, no less than three times, for the trapdoor to open underneath his feet!
All in all, the album starts off very promisingly, but it doesn`t quite live up to its early promise(although the lyrics are good throughout), and I think that the inclusion of `The Sailor`s Alphabet` was a bad choice, not because it`s bad but simply because it`s too flipping long for a start, plus the fact that it doesn`t really fit with the overall style of the album(it`s the only traditional song and therefore doesn`t actually refer to John Lee or his life, although he *was* briefly in the navy).
I nonetheless still value this album highly as it`s from one of my favourite Fairport Convention line-ups and I like any Fairport album with Dave Swarbrick on lead vocals and fiddle.
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