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  • Audio CD (30 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000026FPM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Meet On The Ledge
2. Fotheringay
3. Mr. Lacey
4. Book Song
5. A Sailor's Life
6. Si Tu Dois Partir
7. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
8. Matty Groves
9. Now Be Thankful
10. Walk Awhile
11. Sloth
12. The Bonny Black Hare
13. Angel Delight
14. Bridge Over The River Ash
15. John Lee
16. Breakfast In Mayfair
17. Hanging Song
18. The Hens March / The Four Poster Bed

Amazon.co.uk Review

This 1972 attempt at an overview of Fairport Convention's radical, spirited and beautiful contribution to music in the period 1969 to 1972 was originally a double album. To allow conversion to a single CD, it unfortunately lost two tracks, "Crazy Man Michael" and "Jigs And Reels", because it was assumed that anyone interested in the band would also want to own the superb Liege And Lief from which they are drawn. The flaw in this is that the songs on What We Did On Our Holidays, Unhalfbricking and Full House are just as classic and unmissable. The tracks drawn from these, that form much of the collection, span the broad range of styles that Fairport so expertly made their own. Every number is a stand-out of a different kind, but the Sandy Denny tunes "Fotheringay" and "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" and the Richard Thompson/ Dave Swarbrick collaborations "Sloth" and "Walk Awhile" are immortal by any standards. For those who own the four core albums, this CD still has its value. It contains the superb "Now Be Thankful", a stand-alone single, and a selection of most of the best tracks from the somewhat lesser album Angel Delight and the decidedly poorer Babbacombe Lee. Meet On The Ledge, the 1999 compilation of 1967 to 1975 material is a better overall collection--mostly because it is twice as long--but its track selection post-Full House is somewhat bizarre, only containing one track from each of the above two albums, a serious omission. --James Swift

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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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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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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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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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Great reminder of where I began in this - thanks to a visit from Australian Cousins who introduced me to folk & Fairport Convention.
What an excellent foundational introduction to contemporary folk with an origional feel & appreciation
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The best folk music I have heard because the musical intelligence and diversity of the musicians is so high. I can hear a lot of other musical genres in their music and they way they have merged them all together is pure genius. A must have for folk appreciators, but also excellent for people new to folk music. May as well start them off on quality folk music! ;0)
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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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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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