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WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS

Fairport Convention

 

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3.64 | 60 ratings

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4 stars Exactly how this album came to be rated as a masterpiece of progressive music I do not know, since it's obviously no more progressive than the Beatles' REVOLVER or the Stones' BEGGARS BANQUET, but if you want to hear English folk rock at its freshest and most passionate, HOLIDAYS is the album for you! Although the Fairports were inspired by traditional ballads, they had no time for old-fashioned ditties about smoking pipes or quaffing Real Ale. Instead, Sandy Denny's vocals were as urgent and commanding as anything Grace Slick tried with Jefferson Airplane. Richard Thompson's and Simon Nicol's fingerpicking style showed similarities with Jimmy Page's, which makes me think that any admirer of Led Zep's acoustic tunes will love this album. Meanwhile, Thompson's electric solos were as brilliant and daring as any by that holy trinity of Clapton, Page and Beck. And to top it all, the Fairports really rocked - mercilessly. There's nothing quaint about HOLIDAYS. A truly classic album.
fuxi | 4/5 |

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