This is taking me back a while. Live performance recordings are generally a bit hit and miss, but these come across with atmosphere by the bucketfull. Some damn fine performances too. Technically somewhat flawed (as might be said of some of the repertoir) but a great record of what a 'night at the club' could be like.
For a period in the early 1980's, two key members of Fairport Convention worked the folk clubs here in the UK and abroad. The intimacy of these gigs comes across very well on these recordings with light-hearted banter between Simon and Swarb. I only wish I had been in the audience but at that time I was more into the heavy rock scene. The sound quality is questionable in places but to this reviewer at least this doesn't detract from the performances and the sheer enjoyment value of these recordings more than makes up for this. Highlights are the beautiful cover of Stuart Marson's "Close to the wind" (worth the money for this alone!), the hysterical (if rather non-PC) "She is woman" and "Lord Haddo's favourite/Lady Mary". Fairport favourites are included with a delightful rendition of "End of the holiday".
Hey, baby boomers here's a one-stop compilation of all the songs you remember from your early childhood.
It may be that none of them are going to excite your grandchildren, but what the hey! You can listen to them when you're all alone and bask in the nostalgia. Just don't let anyone catch you....sentimental old fool that you are 8-)
Amazon haven't bothered to provide a tracklist, so here it is.
01 Puffin' Billy by The Melodi Light Orchestra 02 The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Henry Hall & His Orchestra 03 Tubby The Tuba by Danny Kaye 04 The Runaway Train by Vernon Dalhart 05 The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Frank Luther 06 We're Off To See The Wizard by The Ken Darby Singers 07 The Bee Song by Arthur Askey 08 The Laughing Policeman by Charles Penrose 09 Three Little Fishes by Maurice Denham 10 Life Gits Tee-Jus, Don't It? by Carson Robinson 11 Christopher Robin At Buckingham Palace by Ann Stephens 12 On Top Of Old Smoky by Burl Ives 13 Trains (Part 1 & 2) by Reginald Gardiner 14 The Woody Woodpecker Song by Danny Kaye with The Andrews Sisters 15 The Thing by Phil Harris 16 Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers by Gracie Fields
All the original versions that used to be played on the radio. I'm back there already....