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Cropredy Capers: 25 Years of Fairport Convention and Friends at Cropredy Festival

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Cropredy, the annual festival run by Fairport Convention, has become legendary over the years, not only for it's reconvening of the many different permutations of the band, but also for guests and surprises. While not everything is here, obviously, this stunning four-CD box set captures many of the highlights. Fairport are the featured artists, both as themselves and also in the backing guises they've taken behind artists like Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and they acquit themselves quite admirably, with plenty of spirit and more than a little humor. The four discs are themed, and the vast proportion of the material hasn't seen the light of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Cropredy, the annual festival run by Fairport Convention, has become legendary over the years, not only for it's reconvening of the many different permutations of the band, but also for guests and surprises. While not everything is here, obviously, this stunning four-CD box set captures many of the highlights. Fairport are the featured artists, both as themselves and also in the backing guises they've taken behind artists like Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and they acquit themselves quite admirably, with plenty of spirit and more than a little humor. The four discs are themed, and the vast proportion of the material hasn't seen the light of day before. Listening is almost like Christmas, having to pick your way through all the delights, whether it's the version of "Million Dollar Bash" lovingly assembled from performances in different years, or a take on "Fotheringay" with singer Vikki Clayton capably filling the shoes of the late Sandy Denny. There's plenty of fun to be had on the 'covers' CD, where the band offers not only traditional folk, but everything from "Swimming Song" with Loudon Wainwright to "Midnight Special" with veteran British rocker Joe Brown. But this is a set full of joy and wit, and not only on disc. The superb packing even includes a booklet with a walk around the village of Cropredy and a cardboard build-your-own-festival-site kit wonderful for those long evenings in addition to a superbly detailed book about the festival itself and the songs included. It's a wonderful set, up to the high standard the Free Reed label has established -- and, indeed, up to the standard of Cropredy itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Free Reed Imports
  • EAN: 5016700952520
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woodstock (2:22)
  2. 2 The Crowd (4:49)
  3. 3 Million Dollar Bash (Compilation) ... [Version (4:26)
  4. 4 Mason's Apron (3:17)
  5. 5 Calling On (2:52)
  6. 6 Sir B McKenzie's (5:27)
  7. 7 One More Chance (7:37)
  8. 8 The Ballad of Ned Kelly (3:59)
  9. 9 Breakfast in Mayfair (3:11)
  10. 10 Close to the Wind (Intro) (7:12)
  11. 11 Red & Gold (7:13)
  12. 12 Bridge Over the River Cherwell (3:13)
  13. 13 Tried So Hard (3:07)
  14. 14 Bowman's Retreat (3:11)
  15. 15 Ringing Down the Years (8:09)
  16. 16 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (9:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hexhamshire Lass (2:37)
  2. 2 Seventeen Come Sunday (3:42)
  3. 3 Sir Patrick Spens - Bruce Rowland (3:26)
  4. 4 Tam Lin (8:20)
  5. 5 Polly on the Shore (4:54)
  6. 6 She Moves Through the Fair (5:23)
  7. 7 Claudy Banks (5:38)
  8. 8 Blackwaterside (4:29)
  9. 9 The Eynsham Poacher (Intro) (3:01)
  10. 10 Rambling Rover (4:42)
  11. 11 Day Trip to Bangor (3:33)
  12. 12 Swimming Song (3:10)
  13. 13 Midnight Special (3:46)
  14. 14 Deepest in the Darkest Night (4:04)
  15. 15 Ramble On (5:13)
  16. 16 Come Up and See Me (4:21)
  17. 17 Lay Down (4:47)
  18. 18 Now Be Thankful (3:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rising for the Moon (Acapella) (1:11)
  2. 2 It Suits Me Well (5:53)
  3. 3 Level Pegging (2:47)
  4. 4 I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (3:30)
  5. 5 All the Dance Numbers (4:24)
  6. 6 Jenny Nettles (2:51)
  7. 7 Miss Stevenson/Turnabout (5:28)
  8. 8 Rosemary's Sister (5:24)
  9. 9 Naked Highwayman (5:17)
  10. 10 Bonny Black Hare (2:56)
  11. 11 John Gaudie (4:38)
  12. 12 After Hallowe'en (3:55)
  13. 13 Fotheringay (3:35)
  14. 14 Percy's Song (7:15)
  15. 15 Forever Young (2:57)
  16. 16 Highway 61 Revisited (4:48)
  17. 17 Six Days on the Road - Brian Maxine (5:54)
  18. 18 Rising for the Moon (4:18)
  19. 19 Where Is Colin? - David Hughes (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rosie (4:50)
  2. 2 Crazy Man Michael - Vikki Clayton (4:50)
  3. 3 John Barleycorn (5:25)
  4. 4 Sloth (19:24)
  5. 5 The Hiring Fair (7:00)
  6. 6 Royal Seleccion, No. 13 (4:23)
  7. 7 Lark in the Morning Medley (5:55)
  8. 8 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (5:48)
  9. 9 Walk Awhile - Richard Thompson (4:11)
  10. 10 Dirty Linen - Dave Mattacks (4:05)
  11. 11 Meet on the Ledge (5:34)
  12. 12 Matty Groves (8:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Track Performer
John Kirkpatrick Track Performer
Dave Swarbrick Track Performer, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Maddy Prior Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Loudon Wainwright III Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Ian Anderson Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Dave Cousins Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Clive Gregson Track Performer
Robert Plant Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Richard Thompson Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Jerry Donahue Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Marc Ellington Guest Appearance
Andy Fairweather Low Track Performer
Steve Gibbons Track Performer
Ashley Hutchings Narrator, Track Performer
Trevor Lucas Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Simon Nicol Track Performer, Interviewee
Dave Pegg Track Performer, Interviewee
Allan Taylor Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Martin Allcock Track Performer
Dan Ar Bras Track Performer
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Philippa Clare Track Performer
Christine Collister Track Performer
Gerry Conway Track Performer, Interviewee
Kevin Dempsey Track Performer
Judy Dyble Track Performer
Steve Harley Track Performer, Guest Appearance
David Hughes Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Chris Leslie Track Performer, Interviewee
Cathy Lesurf Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Beryl Marriott Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Roger Marriott Track Performer
Dave Mattacks Track Performer, Interviewee
Ian Matthews Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Jacqui McShee Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Julianne Regan Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Bruce Rowland Track Performer
Linda Thompson Track Performer
P.J. Wright Track Performer
Vikki Clayton Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Chris While Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Ric Sanders Track Performer, Interviewee
Jay Turner Track Performer
Spencer Richards Track Performer
Anna Ryder Track Performer
Anthony Thistlewaite Track Performer
Mike Reed Track Performer
Bob Fox Track Performer, Guest Appearance
George Galt Track Performer
Neil Gordon Track Performer
Sheila Parker Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Johnny Jones & the King Casuals Track Performer
Mike Burnham Track Performer
Christine Pegg Interviewee
Joe "Bledsoe" Brown Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Fergus Feely Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Bobbi Track Performer
Meg Burnham Track Performer
Kristina Donahue Track Performer
Dylan Project Guest Appearance
Brian Maxine Track Performer, Guest Appearance
Gill Aharon Trio Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Composer, Author
Sandy Denny Composer
Ralph McTell Composer, Author
Loudon Wainwright III Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Fairport Convention Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Richard Thompson Composer, Author
Ashley Hutchings Composer
Trevor Lucas Composer
Simon Nicol Composer, Author
Dave Pegg Composer, Producer, Author
Allan Taylor Composer
Martin Allcock Author
Bob Davenport Composer
Warren Gale Author
Brian Golbey Composer
Martin Lamble Composer
Chris Leslie Composer, Author
Dave Mattacks Composer
Ric Sanders Composer, Author
David Lieberman Author
Neil Wayne Producer, Author
Huw Williams Author
Anna Ryder Composer, Author
Jon Gillespie Composer
Traditional Composer
Phil Hooper Author
Peter Knight Author
Rob Braviner Engineer
Tim Moon Author
Steve Broadhurst Author
Nigel Schofield Songwriter, Liner Notes, Interviewer, Project Concept
Christine Pegg Producer, Interviewer
Bob Anton Author
Bob Ayton Author
Mark Bainbridge Nott Author
John Barlass Liner Notes
Antonia Beach Author
Brumus Author
Brian Creese Author
Douglas Author
Frederic Author
Liz Freeman Author
Matty Groves Author
Pete Herring Author
Gillian Horsley Author
Ian Horsley Author
Gunther Klossinger Author
John Langland Author
Meri Mackney Author
Jenny Parsons Author
Chris Ragsdale Author
Lynn Rishworth Author
Ken Roseman Author
Frances Royston Author
Steve Royston Author
Catherine Serjeant Author
Mike Slagter Liner Notes
Doug Stammers Author
Mark Standing Author
Ian Tatlock Author
Nigel D. Twigg Author
Simon Withers Author
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