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Great Album - Great Re-Master,
This review is from: Full House (Audio CD)
Fairport Convention has proved over & over again that it is greater than the sum of its parts by surviving (and even growing from)departures of key personnel over the years. "Full House" was their first without the formidable talents of Sandy Denny, and it would be fair to describe the vocal efforts of the "boys in the band" as mainly tentative. Understandable enough, but for the most part they suit the material well, especially on the gloriously dark "Doctor of Physick" and the very moving "Flowers of the Forest". Dave Swabrick actually turns in a great vocal on the inspirational single "Now Be Thankful" (here included as a double bonus in both mono and stereo). But hey, this album is about instrumental versatility more than anything, and here it is in spades. The arrival of Dave Pegg on bass introduced a rock solid bottom line to underpin the adventurous forays of Swarb on fiddle and mandoline and the ever-magnificent Sir Richard of Thompson on titanic guitar ("Sloth", "Poor Will & the Jolly Hangman"). "Dirty Linen" and "Flatback Caper" bear eloquent testimony to the tightness of the band's ensemble playing and the whole collection bears out the oft-repeated claim that Fairport were/are the best folk-rock band ever. This remaster is a great improvement over the original release, with "Poor Will" restored to its rightful place, both sides of the "Thankful" single and the wonderful "Bonny Bunch of Roses". Superb stuff.