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Fairport Convention


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2.51 | 26 ratings

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3 stars After the failure of Gottle O'Geer, a poor, unfocussed album, some core members of Fairport arranged a new record deal and decided to have some fun, having accepted their place in the musical world. Let by fiddler Dave Swarbrick and guitarist Simon Nicol, they made a couple of fun, unpretentious and surprisingly rocking electric folk albums in this and Tippler's Tales. The album features a couple of sets of vigorous jigs and reels, as always, but also some great choices of vocal material, particularly the title track, a 12.5 minute tale of the Napoleonic wars. They also do a great Richard Thompson cover in The Poor Ditching Boy and a fine, almost a capella version of General Taylor, which was also performed by Steeleye Span. This is Fairport at their most traditional-sounding, which will appeal to those who love Liege and Lief and Full House. Nicol acquits himself quite well in the lead guitar role, and Swarbrick leads the affair on his fiddle with rousing ablomb. I can only give it three stars as a prog record, but four as a folk rock album.
Heptade | 3/5 |


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