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  • Audio CD (16 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Shirty Records
  • ASIN: B0083ZT7RG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The 4 piece line up that swung its way through 3 and a half years of the seventies "These are live recordings that travelled the world with me. In the winter of 2005 while recovering from transplant surgery I transferred them from cassette to cd. Spent the next 5 years listening, sifting and editing, I thought way back then, that this was a great band, and now with the benefit of hindsight. I still do!" Dave Swarbrick

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A double c.d of the Swarbrick, Nicol,Pegg , and Rowland lineup. Recorded at a variety of venues ( but mostly on a 1977 Australian tour ) Most of these songs and instrumentals will be familiar to those who have followed Fairport over the years. Another version of " Sloth" ? However , it includes some remarkable playing by Dave Swarbrick and epitomises what I love about Fairport. This is a song they have played many times , and they still managed to explore new territories with it . (Best live version available ? ) I have always loved their version of " Poor Ditching Boy" and they are clearly fully engaged with this live take " General Taylor" is taken from a gig at Nottingham Uni where the audience ( and band) are clearly having a very good time. Another favourite is " Royal seleccion no.5" which contains definite added bounce. There are 2 tracks with notable rarity value. Firstly Richard Thompson's " When I get to the border " . I'm not sure if this one really works, but it might just be that I am so familiar with his version. Secondly , " the Limey's Lament" which is from "Gottle o'Geer" I must be missing something here, because it just sounds really odd to me.
Is this c.d worth buying you are asking yourself ? Do I need it ? Yes , you do. If you were going to persuade people of how good Fairport were during this period ,then the evidence is here .
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The 76-79 version of Fairport has always been under represented in the live album stakes. There was the Farewell, Farewell (Encore, Encore on CD) album from their final tour but this item takes things much further, amd with neither Swarb nor Bruce Rowland being in the best of health they are never represented at the annual Cropredy festival

For a kick off Farewell, Farewell, although fine in itself, didn't include any tracks from their most recent past but this is countered here with no less than 7 of the 9 songs from Bonny Bunch of Roses,the album they were touring for most of these gigs. Along with the little heard Limey's Lament and a version of Richard Thompson's When I Get to the Border we are given a much greater overview of their worth as a live unit.

Mr Cartlidge in his review suggests that this may be the best released version of Sloth and he may be right. Apart from singling out Swarbs contribution to this track I also reckon it may Peggy's best bass work on a version of this song and I'm mightily impressed by the work of the much underrated Bruce Rowland here as well.

The rest of the stuff on here is also top notch and whilst not the greatest sounding recording you'll ever hear it is certainly worth the while of all true Fairporters to have in their collection
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I always liked this late seventies version of the band and thought that Tipplers Tales and Bonny Bunch of Roses were very strong albums. Unfortunately because of the changes in the music scene at the time these albums were ignored and the band were paid off by their record company and eventually split up.. . . for a time!

These live performances, compiled by Dave Swarbrick, show that Fairport were certainly not washed up as a live band. The band sound enthusiastic, tight (in a loose sort of way!)and engaging with the audience really well (General Taylor) The CD is made up from a selection of 5 gigs and compiled very well to represent a "typical" gig from that time.

What I would highlight however is that these were not "official" recordings. As Dave Swarbrick mentions in his notes this Cd has been compiled from cassettes sent to him by "soundmen or promoters" and had been "carted" around the world for the past few decades. So don't expect the sound quality of the Fairport '74 album or even House Full. Essentially these are of soundboard bootleg quality, albeit very good quality and very listenable but not classic high fidelity. Personally I've found this cd sounds better played on a ghetto blaster than a quality stereo system but that's my own peculiarity!

This isn't a major criticism as I knew what I was getting having got Swarbs previous 2 cds he released with Simon Nicol and Martin Carthy which were from similar sources. However I thought it was worth a warning in case some people expected a pristine recording and end up disappointed.

So, not a cd for the beginner but if you like this line up and want to hear them in full flight well worth getting.
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The Fairport Convention of today has evolved and changed somewhat, both in personnel and sound, since these recordings were made.

With Swarb as a lead singer in those days, his remastering of these tracks is as masterly as his violin playing has always been.

The music is of an era long past, but the sound is crisp and the liveliness and joy of that band in those days is there for all to hear.

For completists and newcomers alike, this will enliven any leaden day of the summer of 2012.

Swarb will be appearing at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, August 2012, together with Fairport and many ex-Fairport personnel to help celebrate their 45th anniversary. More power to him and to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Performances slightly undermined by sound quality 16 Aug. 2013
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No reviews of this, so I thought I'd let you know what to expect. These are superb performances captured in the post Sandy Denny years before the band's hiatus in 1979. There's a heavy emphasis on material from the Bonny Bunch of Roses album, but plenty of other crowd pleasers. It's amazing how far the band took these songs from the studio. The energy is amazing. That said, there's plenty of roughness around the edges, fairly low-fi cassette tapes, plenty of hiss and distortion in places. But the more you listen, the less you hear the flaws. I was surprised how much I liked the long slow laments here: Bonny Bunch of Roses, Flowers of the Forest. This has by far my favorite version of Matty Groves. Sloth almost dissolves into a Grateful Dead Jam before resolving. Swarbrick's fiddling is always hovering until it jumps out and steals the show. If you want polish or Sandy Denny's vocals, this isn't the album for you. But if you want amazing energy, commitment and performances that you want to hear again and again you should try it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore expanded 21 Jun. 2016
By Michael L. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have Farewell, Farewell or Encore, Encore you have the heart of this album. Encore expanded Farewell but this version has all that and more. Not everybody liked this version of Fairport. The playing can be a bit rough, songs played a bit too fast, a few bad notes. But this was Fairport playing balls to the walls & the sheer power of this version more than makes up for any minor flaws. This is a band obviously enjoying themselves. Sad to say with the passing of Bruce last year and the recent passing the amazing Dave Swarbrick we'll never have the chance to see this version of Fairport at Cropredy.. But we have this wonderful album to remember them by. Even if you have Farewell or Encore you still want this.
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