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Fairport Convention: The History of Fairport Convention

This old double LP is a great introduction into the work of Fairport Convention. However, it's also a bit sad: To hear how their music changed from brilliant to dull in just a few years. Side A is a firework, but side D doesn't talk to me at all.


The cover was painted by Pete Frame, who made (and, it seems, still makes) similar "family trees" of many bands, and even a two-volume book, in which he demonstrates, in his unique way, how all those rock bands are related and connected. There was even a BBC TV show about it, narrated by John Peel.


The setup of this band continued to change frequently, with ex-members spawning ever more new bands, so Pete later needed to draw a much more complex family tree for Fairport Convention, check here. In a way this artist was a pioneer of metatext and links.


Meet on the Ledge - 2:48

Fotheringay - 3:08

Mr. Lacey - 2:55

Book Song - 3:17

Sailor's Life - 11:12


Si tu dois partir - 2:18

Who Knows Where the Time Goes - 5:11

Matty Groves - 8:12

Crazy Man Michael - 4:40


Medley: The Lark in the Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss the Feathers - 4:07

Now Be Thankful - 2:29

Walk Awhile - 3:59

Sloth - 9:16

The Bonny Black Hare - 3:08


Angel Delight - 4:05

Bridge over the River Ash - 2:22

John Lee - 3:03

Breakfast in Mayfair - 3:08

Hanging Song - 5:27

The Hen's March / The Four Poster Bed - 2:01

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Taken on August 3, 2011