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The Bonny Bunch Of Roses
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2007
After the 'car crash' that was Gottle o' Geer, Fairport Convention (invigorated by the return of Simon Nicol) came out of their divorce with Island Records with a five album contract with prog rock label Vertigo. The transformation brought a new tight unit delivering, in the main, a set of traditional arr Fairport material that harked back to a mixture of Leige and Lief meets Angel Delight.

Simon Nicol had by now grown in confidence to be a more than compentant solo vocalist and shared those duties with Dave Swarbrick. The playing was, as always, tight and fluent, particularly on the original and traditional jigs that opened and closed the set. For me the one low point was the title track - too much (12 and a half minutes!) of a dirge for me but I know the live audiences (seemed to) appreciate it.

This version of FC were great live and the follow up (Tipplers Tales) was in my mind an even better album. But neither sold well and Vertigo decided to cut their losses by terminating the contract - allowing Fairport to make more money than the albums made! Shame for they were a delight. The ending of the contract spurred the decision for Swarbrick and the rest of the band to 'quit' in 1979 .....and despite many obituries they are still going strong 28 years later!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2009
This was a solid album which returned this band to near it's top form. I saw them several times live and they were just wonderful live.

The real problem for this album and for the unfortunate Vertigo Records, was that this was just released at the wrong time; the audience for this kind of music was shrinking. Certainly they could still muster a good live audience in the right venues but there was just too much available on albums of proven worth, both by this band and other, to make significant numbers of people fel that they needed to buy this. I was one who bought it on it's original vinyl release and it is surely a good Fairport album, much better than the strange Gottle o' Geer. Although I do agree with the other reviewer here that there is an element of the dirge about the title track I grew to love it for that very reason and I still rate this as a fine album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Dating back to the 70s, but none the worse for that, this is one of Fairport's lesser-known, least commercially successful, but most enjoyable productions. Numbers were down to 4, but sound is amazing! Title track is an 11-minute ballad about Napoleon, which I admit you have to be in the mood for, but the rest is Fairport at their best. Opening track is a wonderful electric jig, with the bass playing the main line! Good-fun titles like "Eynsham Poacher" and "Adieu adieu" (cf. Waterson's slow and mighty version, full of graunchy harmonies and great sustained chords) are great, as is the instrumental medley "Royal Seleccion". (Who but Swarb would include The March of the Tin Soldiers"?)
Great stuff!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I grew up with vinyls, tapes, DCs etc. Prefer something I can hold in my hand. Replaces a missing tape from the 70's. However my problems downloading were swiftly resolved by Amazon who talked me through it within an hour of my E-Mail on Boxing day. The fact that I can put it on to a CD for the car and my music players is good. Only 4 * because my wife who I bought it for thinks its not the best recording. (Could be a memory thing.).
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