Heyday: BBC Radio Sessions, 1968-1969 [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In its previous edition first released in 1987, Heyday was an important document of Fairport Convention's early days, its dozen tracks including numerous songs mostly folk-rock covers that they didn't put on their late-'60s albums. The 2002 edition adds to its value considerably by adding eight more tracks, all of them also taken from 1968-1969 BBC recordings, with all 20 of the songs featuring the lineups with varying personnel in which Sandy Denny was included. The 12 songs that were also on the original release, though, remain the most interesting due to the absence of studio counterparts, but also due to their exceptional quality. The version of Leonard Cohen's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In its previous edition first released in 1987, Heyday was an important document of Fairport Convention's early days, its dozen tracks including numerous songs mostly folk-rock covers that they didn't put on their late-'60s albums. The 2002 edition adds to its value considerably by adding eight more tracks, all of them also taken from 1968-1969 BBC recordings, with all 20 of the songs featuring the lineups with varying personnel in which Sandy Denny was included. The 12 songs that were also on the original release, though, remain the most interesting due to the absence of studio counterparts, but also due to their exceptional quality. The version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," with Ian Matthews and Sandy Denny alternating lead vocals, is perhaps the best cover of that standard. There are also fine interpretations of songs, sometimes quite obscure, by Gene Clark, Eric Andersen, Joni Mitchell, Richard Fariña, the Everly Brothers, and Bob Dylan, as well as the quite good Simon Nicol original "Shattering Live Experience." The newly added eight songs, by contrast, are mostly versions of tunes that also showed up on their official late-'60s albums, though Jackson C. Frank's "You Never Wanted Me" which did previously appear on the Sandy Denny Who Knows Where the Time Goes box set is an exception. Still, it's good to hear different versions of standouts like "Fotheringay," "Si Tu Dois Partir," "Autopsy," and "Tam Lin," though the arrangements aren't significantly different from the familiar studio ones. A new sleeve note by Ashley Hutchings is another good reason to pick this up. Incidentally, some other Fairport BBC cuts from the time have been bootlegged but eluded inclusion on this disc, though perhaps subpar fidelity had something to do with those decisions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 731458654223
  • Catalog Number: 586542
  • Sales rank: 49,255

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Dave Swarbrick Violin
Sandy Denny Vocals
Richard Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Rick Grech Violin
Ashley Hutchings Bass
Simon Nicol Guitar
Martin Lamble Drums
Dave Mattacks Drums
Ian Matthews Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Arranger
Fairport Convention Arranger
Ashley Hutchings Sleeve Notes
Keith Stewart Producer
Joe Boyd Sleeve Notes
John Walters Producer
Bernie Andrews Producer
Johnny Beerling Producer
Philip Lloyd-Smee Cover Design
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  • Posted November 2, 2012

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    THe LOst Original Fairport Record

    This compilation of BBC sessions is actually a very good portrait of the original Fairport. It mixes covers and originals and shows their unique synthesis of American and British folk and country. The original lineup only made two albums so any extra music is valuable. Few bands of the time valued subtlety over flash like the Convention. They really were a British version of THe Band. The newer Best of the BBC collection is also good.

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