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Now be thankful...reissue of the year!!
on 28 November 2002
In 1970, Fairport Convention lost a founding king (the remarkably talented Ashley Hutchings) and a lead singing queen (the transcendent Sandy Denny), so you can forgive most people for thinking they would just fold. But they still had their ace (Richard Thompson), went to the deck, and most certainly came up with a Full House.
This is a fantastic album. Where "Liege & Lief" kicked the door open, this one comes storming through. Superb singing, incredible playing. This reissue is excellent. The sound is crisp and beautiful, a vast improvement over any previous edition. The intended running order has been restored, including the vagabond "Poor Will & the Jolly Hangman". The bonus tracks are great...the rare single "Now Be Thankful" is here in all it's monophonic glory (an overcooked stereo remix is here as well, but that's best avoided), as well as it's elaborately titled instrumental b-side. The absolutely stunning "Bonny Bunch of Roses" is indeed the rose on this cake.
Take your hand out of your mouth and your finger out of your eye and BUY THIS!! You won't be sorry.