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3.28 | 46 ratings

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5 stars "Let's Split"

With all the original stars (Sandy Denny,Ashley Hutchings,Richard Thompson) gone it would be fair to assume that Fairport Convention's day would be numbered ar at least the quality would drop dramatically.As it turns out neither happened and The band simply carried on a a four piece with the addition of Dave Pegg on bass. I am going to say straight up that as far as I am concerned, Dave Pegg is a vastly superior bass player to Ashley Hutchings.I will also say that Simon Nicol is a most underrated guitarist and singer.Suddenly the four piece line-up are up to the task.

I might raise the ire of other Fairport Convention fans but much as I love the sheer bravura of Liege and Lief, I actually think Angel Delight is a far better production overall.The performances are tighter, the arrangements leaner without losing their inherent sophistication and the recording is cleaner.They are also more concise and punchier -no drawn out dirgy work outs here.I am not going to give a track by track assessment- just an overall comment that like preceding albums, this album comprises a hugely enjoyable mix of Rocked-up instrumental medleys of Traditional tunes , some elaborate arrangements of traditional songs and a few excellent originals. I really love this album

I know I am going against the grain with this one but I am giving this one five stars

Lupton | 5/5 |


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