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FAIRPORT CONVENTION FEATURING SANDY DENNY - Live at My Fatherís Place 1974

FAIRPORT CONVENTION FEATURING SANDY DENNY - Live at My Fatherís Place 1974
Floating World Records FLOATM6263

This is a live recording, previously available as a bootleg, and is now made available in CD format. According to the accompanying publicity, this was recorded prior to the recording of the Rising For The Moon album, although the sleeve notes suggest that they had just released the album (which didn’t in fact come out until the following summer in 1975). This dubiety is reinforced by the fact that the line-up pictured on the front is a different line up to that pictured on the rear (Dave Mattacks being replaced by Bruce Rowland midway through recording RFTM), therefore whoever compiled this was either hedging their bets, or had no idea who was in the band on the occasion of this gig. Trevor Lucas solves the mystery when he refers to Fairport 9 as their new album (1973). Lucas goes through a lengthy introduction to Bold Jack Donahue, only to be gently reminded by Sandy Denny that the song in question wasn’t on the set list and they instead launch into the Ballad Of Ned Kelly. Sandy forgets the words to her own John The Gun, and It’ll Take A Long Time has a couple of tape jumps. The official Island release (Live Convention) which is contemporaneous, is a much better recording – even though that wasn’t Fairport’s finest hour either. It’s easy to see how this is not endorsed by Fairport Convention themselves. For completists only I would suggest.

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Grem Devlin


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This album was reviewed in Issue 116 of The Living Tradition magazine.