Across the Decades

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Recall Records Uk
  • UPC: 636551448420
  • Catalog Number: 484
  • Sales rank: 387,476

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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