Rising for the Moon is just such a great album by Fairport Convention and although the album has been issued before as a re master and with bonus tracks this deluxe edition is a welcome release. I am not normally too keen on bonus tracks or expanded editions of CDs with poor sounding live tracks but this is an exception. There are some great tracks on the second disc that offer much interest. It is the second disc that makes this re re issue worth it. The sound is just fine and the live performance is brilliant. Rising for the Moon was the last album to feature Sandy Denny. But it is also the album that saw her return to the group after a few years as solo artist and her venture with her husband Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue from Fotheringay. Together with Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and Dave Swarbrick Rising for the moon was produced after months of coming together as a group between the previous fairport album Rosie and the live performance on disc two and the album Rising for the Moon on disc one. The album does not feature any traditional material and that adds to the uniqueness of the album. The album is more pop influenced and did enter the pop charts. There are some great songs on this album and it's a shame it did not get more credit than it did. Mattacks left during the recording and was replaced by Bruce Rowland and later Denny, Lucas and Donahue left the group making this recording the only album to have this line up of performers.
The previous re issue re mastered included three bonus tracks Tears, (the b side of single White Dress) Rising for the moon, Stranger to himself and Once more chance ( the original Sandy Denny demos) Here on this expanded edition we lose those tracks (so worth hanging on to the previous edition if you have it) But we get a live version of White Dress from a TV appearance, An alternative version of Dawn a studio demo of what is true? A demo version of After Halloween and a home demo version of The King and Queen of England. All of these are great versions and worth listening to. These make up disc one. Disc two contains tracks recorded live at the LA troubadour during the previous year and includes Sandy in the line up. This is actually a very good set of tracks and goes well with the original album because of the line up that forms the synthesis of the album Rising for the Moon. It is great to get this live set on CD with such good quality at last. This is not the same Live at the Troubadour as the House Full recording. Here on this live performance its interesting to hear Sandy talking between songs and talking about her new album Sandy Sandy and then performing songs from it. This disc makes it worth having this album again if you have the previous edition. The live recording is pretty good sound wise and the performance is just fabulous. It is a great live set and everyone is on top form. It really is a great CD and I highly recommend it.
This album is always criticised for having a such a diverse collection of songs, with maybe too many writers taking part. This gives it an uneven style, with Sandy Denny's tunes up against decidely English folk sounding Swarb's tracks and Trevor Lucas's, which have more than a hint of Americana about then. Jerry Donahue's guitar work is almost more country than folk. But despite this, this such a grand collection of songs. Sandy Denny's title track is rousing, and her final track (One more chance) reminds me of Sloth, with its extended instrumental passages. Stranger to Himself, driven by a mysterious, repeated riff, is full of tension. Lucas's tracks yearn for the open road and railway, and Swarb's tracks are reminders of the English folk-rock origins of the band.
The playing is fantastic, with Swarb on top form and Donahue and Lucas providing some excellent, blistering guitar work. Maybe due to the diverse nature of the tracks, this album still sounds timeless and fresh, and hasn't really dated much.
This new reissue comes with a live CD recorded in the US and shows the band on top form - the Lucas/Donahue lineup is often forgotten, but his show just how good they were. I hope to see a similar reissue for Nine!
This is a much under rated album and the last one to fully feature the late Sandy Denny. I never felt that it fully fitted into the Fairport Catalogue but as time has passed I think that this is a beautiful album and this release has been well produced with extra tracks and extended sleeve notes.
is how this album sounds to me! It consists of songs featuring mainly the vocals of Sandy Denny and husband Trevor Lucas. Although here on this 1975 version of Fairport there is the added prize of a couple of tunes sung by the great Dave Swarbrick (not to forget his virtuoso fiddle playing throughout). However, I have never been too enamoured by the album for some reason, but was prompted to revisit 'Rising for the Moon' after hearing a version of the title track on the newly released and very enjoyable 'Festival Bell' (2011 Fairport lineup).
The album sounds completely different to other Fairport classics such as Unhalfbricking, Liege and Lief, Full House etc etc but after listening to it non stop for days now feel it to be every bit as good in its own way..The Sandy Denny songs are among her very best - Rising for the Moon, Stranger to himself, After Halloween, One More Chance - and her vocals on the Swarbrick penned 'White Dress' are truly sublime and prove that she was still at the top of her game just three years before her tragic passing. Unlike most people it seems, I don't have a problem with the songs and vocals of Trevor Lucas. I find his material very enjoyable and think his songs blend well with his wife's. Sandy's backing vocals are a perfect counter-foil to Trevor's baritone.
The 1975 Fairport Convention lineup for 'Rising for the Moon' was Sandy Denny (vocals, piano, guitar), Trevor Lucas (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Dave Swarbrick (violin, vocals, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer) , Dave Pegg (bass, guitar, backing vocals), Jerry Donahue (electric/acoustic/slide guitars), Dave Mattacks/Bruce Rowland (drums/percussion). Unfortunately the album wasn't the roaring success that the band hoped for and due mainly to this the band would split up shortly after - though Fairport Convention of course lived on(and still does - with Dave Pegg still playing wonderful bass).
By the time Sandy Denny returned to the fold for this album, Richard Thompson had left and Dave Swarbrick had become the focus for the Fairport sound. Consequently, there's a feeling that occasionally the vision of Denny and Swarb clashed on this album and the whole fails to hang together, with some songs like 'Night-time girl' sounding lightweight and hideously like fillers.
Denny's husband Trevor Lucas chips in with some good railroad type songs to keep the album moving but, when Sandy Denny starts singing her own songs, then everything falls into focus and you can forgive the band anything as then this album sounds as good as anything the 'classic' Fairport line-up produced. The title track is superb, and is complemented by the haunting 'Stranger to himself' but the highlight is the glorious 'One More Chance' 'Chance' is a simply gorgeous song, not only one of Denny's finest but a song to be rated up there with the very best.
To be honest it's worth buying for that song alone.
I would say that about half of the tracks are worth listening to, and the others seem like fillers. I've had this album for about twenty years now, and the tracks like "Iron Lion" and "Restless" still haven't grown on me. But you can see why Sandy Denny went solo, because she is really the one who makes it all listenable. Fairport were better before this and eventually got better after it. If you like the warm, bland sound of Denny's voice (don't get the wrong idea of what bland means), you really should buy the album for the tracks like "After Halloween" or "What is True" and forget about "Night-Time Girl".