Across the Decades

Across the Decades

by Fairport Convention
     
 

Across the Decades is an apt title for a band that's as much an institution as anything. With more than 35 years under their belt, Fairport have a huge catalog to cherry-pick from for what's essentially a best-of release. Be warned, however, that there's nothing from the classic Sandy Denny/See more details below

Overview

Across the Decades is an apt title for a band that's as much an institution as anything. With more than 35 years under their belt, Fairport have a huge catalog to cherry-pick from for what's essentially a best-of release. Be warned, however, that there's nothing from the classic Sandy Denny/Richard Thompson lineup that helped invent British folk-rock. Instead, this picks up in 1971, although there are cuts from Denny's second, mid-'70s stint with the band. However, the bulk comes from later on, although many of the names are familiar, as is a great deal of the material; the pieces are played with plenty of energy and skill -- probably more skill than when some of them were first rolled out. But they stand the test of time, as do many of the songs, several of which are written in styles influenced by the tradition. Purists might well turn their noses up at some of this, and demand compilations that trawl all the way back in the band's history, and, to be fair, there was a magic about some early lineups that's not completely evident here. However, that's not to decry any of this, especially at a budget price for a double-CD set. It's not the perfect introduction to Fairport, but for those curious about the slightly later years, this is a good way to sample that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Recall Records Uk
UPC:
0636551448420
catalogNumber:
484
Rank:
227155

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fairport Convention   Primary Artist,Group
Dave Swarbrick   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Sandy Denny   Vocals,Group Member
Jerry Donahue   Guitar,Group Member
Ashley Hutchings   Group Member
Trevor Lucas   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Simon Nicol   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Pegg   Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Martin Allcock   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Gerry Conway   Group Member
Chris Leslie   Group Member
Cathy Lesurf   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dave Mattacks   Drums,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Group Member
Ian Matthews   Group Member
Bruce Rowland   Drums,Group Member
Vikki Clayton   Group Member
Ric Sanders   Violin,Group Member
George Galt   Group Member

Technical Credits

Dave Swarbrick   Arranger,Composer
Sandy Denny   Composer
Ralph McTell   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Fairport Convention   Arranger
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Trevor Lucas   Composer
Simon Nicol   Composer
Dave Pegg   Composer
Steve Tilston   Composer
Cathy Lesurf   Composer
Dave Mattacks   Composer
Ken Nicol   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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