British Folk Rockers Fairport Convention's 50th Anniversary Celebrated With Lavish 7CD Box Set
Seminal British folk rock band Fairport Convention's 50 th anniversary will be celebrated on July 28 with two exciting releases via A&M/UMe a lavish 7CD box set chronicling their extraordinary first decade entitled, Come All Ye The First Ten Years, and a 180-gram vinyl reissue of their influential classic album, Liege & Lief. Both releases are available for pre-order now.
Compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator behind the musical stage show, "The Lady A Tribute To Sandy Denny," which toured the UK in 2012, Come All Ye The First Ten Years, celebrates Fairport Convention's influential first decade as a band, beginning with their eponymous debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their seminal albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their two albums for Vertigo, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tipplers Tales.
The extensive collection features 121 tracks, including more than 50 unreleased and hard to find tracks spanning the most momentous period of the band's half-century history. In addition to key songs from all of their classic albums, the seven CDs are rife with single B-sides, demos, outtakes, BBC Radio Sessions, live recordings from many of their television appearances and their rare contribution to the BBC documentary, "The Man They Couldn't Hang" (1971). The box is rounded out with two superb live albums, an unreleased concert recorded at London's Fairfield Halls in 1973 and the band's American debut at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1974. The set comes complete with liner notes by respected English writer, Patrick Humphries, author of many highly-regarded books including, "Nick Drake The Biography" (Bloomsbury 1998), "Richard Thompson The Biography" (Music Sales Ltd 1997) and "The Many Lives of Tom Waites" (Omnibus Press 1989).
Fairport Convention's breakout record, Liege & Lief, is widely considered to be the definitive electric, British folk album and arguably the first ever. Remarkably, it was the third LP the band released in 1969, all produced by Joe Boyd. Six of the eight songs are radically modernized versions of traditional folk tunes. Recorded less than six months after the motorway crash which killed the group's original drummer Martin Lamble, Liege & Lief was the only album recorded by the short-lived Fairport Convention line-up of Sandy Denny Vocals, Richard Thompson Guitar, Simon Nicol Guitar, Ashley Hutchings Bass, Dave Mattacks Drums and Dave Swarbrick Violin and Viola. By the time Liege & Lief was released in December 1969 both Denny and Hutchings had left the group. The album is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, unique and inspiring arrangements and Denny's peerless and revelatory singing. The impact and influence of Liege & Lief still resonates to this day.
Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British Folk scene and are credited with inventing the genre known as folk rock. Over the years they have enjoyed a shifting line-up, which has helped to launch the successful solo careers of founder members Richard Thompson, Judy Dyble, Ashely Hutchings and Simon Nicol and subsequently the careers of Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg.
The group continues to perform and record, much to the delight of their devoted fans. Since 1979 the band has been hosting its very own yearly festival, Cropredy, held on the end of the village of Cropredy. Fairport's Cropredy Convention 2017, taking place August 10-12, promises to be very special as it marks the band's golden anniversary. As is traditional, Fairport Convention will play on Thursday with a short welcoming set by the band's semi-acoustic lineup to open the festival and they will close out the sold-out festivities on Saturday with a marathon performance celebrating their 50 years. The much-anticipated set will feature all current members consisting of founding member Simon Nicol (lead vocal, guitars), along with Dave Pegg (backing vocals, bass guitar), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin) and Gerry Conway (percussion and drums) joined by most living former members and a variety of guests to commemorate half a century of musicmaking. More info at: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/cropredy/2017/
COME ALL YE THE FIRST TEN YEARS
1: Time Will Show The Wiser (3:05) from Fairport Convention
2: Decameron (3:42) from Fairport Convention
3: Jack O' Diamonds (3:30) from Fairport Convention
4: One Sure Thing (2:53) from Fairport Convention
5: I Don't Know Where I Stand (3:38) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 2/6/1968
6: You Never Wanted Me (3:15) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 2/6/1968
7: Fotheringay (3:04) from What We Did On Our Holidays
8: I'll Keep It With Mine (5:53) from What We Did On Our Holidays
9: Mr Lacey (Sandy on Vocals) (2:55) from the Sandy Denny box set
10: Eastern Rain (Sandy on Vocals) (3:48) Previously Unreleased
11: Nottamun Town A Capella version (1:48) Previously Unreleased
12: Meet On The Ledge (2:50) from What We Did On Our Holidays
13: Throwaway Street Puzzle (3:27) B Side on What We Did On Our Holidays remastered
14: Reno Nevada (2:23) from the David Symonds radio show 6/1/1969
15: Suzanne (5:25) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 1/9/1968
16: A Sailors Wife (without Swarb) (11:23) from the Sandy Denny box set
17: Genesis Hall (3:35) from Unhalfbricking
18: Autopsy Alt Take (4:33) Previously Unreleased
19: Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Alt Take (5:19) Previously Unreleased
1: Dear Landlord (4:08) from Unhalfbricking
2: Si Tu Doir Partir (2:25) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 6/4/1969
3: Percy's Song (5:28) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 1/9/1968
4: Ballad of Easy Rider (4:54) Guitar Vocal
5: The Deserter Rehearsal version (4:40) - Previously Unreleased
6: Come All Ye Alt Take (5:27) from the Sandy Denny box set
7: Reynardine (4:31) from Liege and Lief
8: Matty Groves Alt Take (7:43) from the Sandy Denny box set
9: Farewell Farewell (2:38) from Liege and Lief
10: Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood Take 1 edit (6:42) from Liege & Lief Deluxe Edition
11: Tam Lin (7:46) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 27/9/1969
12: Sir Patrick Spens (3:44) from John Peel's Top Gear programme 27/9/1969
13: The Lark In The Morning medley (4:12) from John Peel's Top Gear 27/9/1969
14: Bonny Bunch Of Roses (10:48) Full House Outtake