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Fairport Convention

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(1967 – 1979, 1985 – present)

Fairport Convention is often credited with being one of the first English bands. Formed in 1967, Fairport rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American ‘west coast’ music to an individual style which melded music with traditional tunes and songs.

Like their peers The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane they were blessed with several considerable individual talents and produced music that -at least initially- was eclectic, as well as exploratory. This side of the band may best be heard on Heyday, a collection of tracks broadcast by the BBC. The move to a more British form of folk rock came primarily as a result of the enthusiasm of bassist Ashley Hutchings and producer Joe Boyd. Original singer Judy Dyble was replaced on their second LP What We Did On Our Holidays by Sandy Denny, an experienced folk singer and excellent composer in her own right. Fiddle virtuoso Dave Swarbrick joined, initially as sessioneer, on their third, Unhalfbricking. That LP has arguably their first two bona fide masterpieces. One is their version of the Sandy Denny song, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, popularized by Judy Collins, but characterised on their version by a perfect balance between Denny’s vocals and the exquisite support of the group as a whole, and lead guitarist Richard Thompson in particular.

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  • activewaste

    May I just say, that most here are missing out, I only have one Sandy Denny album among my top 10 albums. The first 5 albums are great, but there are many later greats as well, Expletive Delighted, Angel Delight, Tippler's Tales, Jewel in the Crown, they are amazing albums, give thm a try. And I suspect all those loving Sandy Denny in Fairport, haven't even heard of Rising for the Moon, which she also appeared on, and which contains the greatest songs she ever wrote, like "One more Chance". Oh well, keep shouting for the only albums you have tried - it's your loss, those amazing albums that came later ♥

    11 Oct 5:19pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    i stopped at full house, but i do like that album [2]

    6 Aug 6:18am Reply
  • Brenutka

    норм

    21 Jun 5:19am Reply
  • bit188

    i stopped at full house, but i do like that album

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №53 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2013-48/

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ellleotribal

    http://www.last.fm/music/Fairport+Convention/+images/53151841

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • the_strand

    Bonnie Bunch of Roses is good though.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • the_strand

    This post-Denny stuff is not so great...

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dequarus

    Sandy Denny es una de las voces más sobresalientes del folk rock de todos los tiempos y lugares. La magia sonora que su voz clarísima y poderosa desvela a cada nota que canta es irrepetible y única. Proporciona sensaciones gratas de felicidad desconocida. "Who knows were the time goes" es uno de los temas más bellos y poéticos de la historia del rock.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • connect_icut

    @stupidstuff "The North Star Grassman & the Ravens"

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Flight123

    http://www.last.fm/music/Thumpermonkey+Lives!/_/Tam+Lin Free download - almost rivals Fairport's version!! You will be pleasantly surprised.

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • radioacrata

    Imprescindibles

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Chard121

    Well, she was an important song writer blebbio.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • blebbio

    I'd say their work with Denny is better than without but I don't know how much she had to do with it. I think they simply had the best songwriting on those albums. She is a great singer but personally I don't think she made the band.

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    Deleted a shout that was needlessly harsh. The point is, both 'the band' and Denny benefited from their collaboration - both were better together than apart. FC released fine albums both pre and post Denny... arguably superior ones to What We Did On Our Holidays. Denny? I don't see the brilliance that's so often shouted about, other than for the times she happens to be performing with FC. I am basing this somewhat dour assessment solely on the albums Fotheringay and Sandy. If there are other albums significantly different from these two I'd like to hear of them.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Without Sandy Denny's mellifluous melancholic vocals Fairport Convention would be merely good.

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Benrachmian

    Thanks for discovering Nick Drake :)

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • alex1thomas

    "Fairport Convention is Sandy Denny." s/t and full house beg to differ...

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Eriici

    Mr. Lacey is so great!

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • geordie777

    TAM LIN WOWWEEEE

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
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