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The History Of Fairport Convention

30 July 1991 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1972 Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:17:30
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  • ASIN: B001KW9CUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,747 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb 2004
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I bought this album thinking that it would be one of those that I would listen to occasionally but intensely. Now I find that it's just nice to have on as background music. FC fans may wish to shoot me for saying that, but it isn't meant to be derogatory. There is the beautiful voice of Sandy Denny of course, and the unforgettable 'Who knows where the time goes', but there is more to Fairport Convention than that. There's such variety here, from traditional and contemporary folk songs, to music verging on blues or soft rock. The title of the album accurately reflects what you get. Included is a 'family tree' of the band, tracing its chganging line-up and the various musical influences that were brought to bear over the years from 1967 to 1972. Good grief, was it really that long ago?!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Storey on 14 Sep 2004
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This is the best single CD introduction to Fairport Convention that you are likely to come across, and covers their golden years from 'What We Did on Our Holidays' through 'Babbacombe Lee' as well as is possible, in my opinion.
Of course, once you have this, you'll probably want to start collecting all the original albums .. even their 'not best of' tracks are generally worth listening to.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2001
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I have to admit that the thing I most like about Fairport is that you can sing along to the songs without having to pretend you're American. Having said that, the songs are lovely, and each tell a story, so anyone who's sick of random strings of words that sound nice together, but don't actually mean anything: this is a CD you'd enjoy. Particularly The Bonny Black Hare, that's a classic. The album takes you through most of the band's career, with such beautiful and haunting melodies as Meet on the Ledge, all the way to the lively and amusing Angel Delight. It's a veritable feast of loveliness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Les Ireland on 12 May 2010
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Whereas Steeleye Span were the Beatles of folkrock, Fairport were the Rolling Stones of folk rock. Just a bit less respectable, Earthier, probably having drunk a few more pints of real ale........... Steeleye were consistently good. Fairports were never consistently good - they were brilliant 70% of the time, ordinary 30%! Some songs which shouldn't really have seen light of day, but overall capable of producing amazing music when they get a head of steam up. And live some of their music is absolutely mesmeric.
It's sort of reflected in the music here. This greatest hits compilation reflects all of that. And sort of reflects the age when the tracks were recorded.
There is the odd weaker track here - sadly some of the tracks when Sandy Denny was singing (amazing voice, bad chooser of songs to sing...........). There is some of the great tracks: Sloth, Matty Groves are both here for example.
Overall this is a good compilation because it is representative of the band - it shows Fairport at it's very best - and at their best they are fantastic - but it also shows Fairport when they were rather ordinary. And the recordings feel a bit rusty reflecting age in which they were recorded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave on 11 Feb 2014
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great for the collection. Contains examples of most of the important line ups. No folk rocker should be without this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shelly on 29 Mar 2011
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If you are new to fairport and want an introduction to what they do then this is the album for you. I am a big fan and have been for years, i had this album on vinyl years ago and have only just replaced it on cd. All the best stuff is on here it is great value.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wallace on 5 Aug 2004
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Unfortunately only covers the first (but the classic) years of the band
Electro-folk is sometimes appaling but here you have genuine freshness and clarity and some amazing tracks - "Tam Lin" for example
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gille liath on 21 Sep 2012
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I know that, to the die-hard Fairport fan, none of their innumerable incarnations can do any wrong. To the less committed of us, the problem here is that you have two essentially different bands with little more than a rhythm section in common - very much as though the Peter Green Fleetwood Mac was put together on a compilation with the Rumours version. Except that, in this case, one version of the band is a lot better than the other.

The Richard Thompson - Sandy Denny Fairport was one of the most interesting left-field bands of the 60s, producing music worthy of anyone's attention. They didn't always hit the spot but they were touched by the hand of God more often than most; they're represented by the the first half here, up to Matty Groves. With the departure of those two, though, most of the songwriting talent had left the band. The second half (taking us up to the mid 70s) is earnest, workmanlike, and a little dull; to my mind, it's only for dedicated folk rockers complete with bald pate and ponytail.

This compilation is still reasonable value, but half of it is superfluous. Criminally, Crazy Man Michael and the seminal Dance medley have been missed off the CD version; that also means there is only one track from Liege & Lief, which everyone in their right mind knows to be the greatest folk-rock album ever: completely ludicrous. If something had to be omitted it should've been the slightly tiresome Sailor's Life (or better still, any of the post-Denny tracks). Overall, it makes me wonder why there doesn't appear to be a decent 'Early Years' release for Fairport, comparable to the many there are for Steeleye Span.
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