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4 stars This is the album that sees Fairport at their most progressive and groundbreaking. Freed (if you can call it that) of two stronger musical personalities in Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings, guitarist Richard Thompson and fiddler Dave Swarbrick pushed the instrumental boundaries of their new genre, electric folk. This album features some awe-inspiring playing, as the two virtuosos unleash their abilities to the fullest for the first time on Sloth, where they exchange dueling solos, and on the ferociously fast dance tunes Dirty Linen and Flatback Caper. Bassist Dave Pegg (later of Tull, of course) and drummer Dave Mattacks also give inspired performances. In addition to the instrumental workouts, this album also contains some wonderful compositions, though, in the spooky Doctor of Physick and the elegant adaptation of the traditional Sir Patrick Spens. The bonus track Now be Thankful is also one of the band's all time best songs. Deprived of a standout lead vocalist, four of the members combined to give the vocals a group dynamic. Though none of them could be considered a very good singer, together they give the album a charming, rustic roughness. This album is a perfect combination of electric 60s rock with overt folk influences and sources, and is one of the classics of electric folk.
Heptade | 4/5 |


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