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House Full [Bonus Tracks]
     

House Full [Bonus Tracks]

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by Fairport Convention
 

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Recorded during Fairport Convention's September 1970 shows in Los Angeles (their second visit to the city in six months), House Full captures the four-piece Full House lineup at its zenith -- a point proven by the marathon renditions of "Sloth" and "Matty Groves," which are among its epic highlights. Anybody who

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Recorded during Fairport Convention's September 1970 shows in Los Angeles (their second visit to the city in six months), House Full captures the four-piece Full House lineup at its zenith -- a point proven by the marathon renditions of "Sloth" and "Matty Groves," which are among its epic highlights. Anybody who thought Sandy Denny was the only person who could convincingly perform the latter is certainly in for a pleasant surprise, as is anyone who thought the Albion Band's version of "Battle of the Somme" was the definitive rendition. By year's end, however, this particular Fairport Convention lineup would have shattered, as Richard Thompson moved on to a solo career. This performance, with its taste of two songs originally intended for a pre-split new album, is a vivid portrayal of all that listeners lost when he went. Originally released as Live at the LA Troubadour in 1976, then reissued, with a slightly different track listing, a decade later as House Full, this remastered collection rounds up all ten of the live songs spread across those two (heavily overlapping) sets, omitting only the doctored studio version of Richard Thompson's "Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman" that appeared on the original 1976 release, and replacing one epic, "Sloth," with another. Among other cosmetic alterations can be found the correct retitling of "Toss the Feathers" as "The Lark in the Morning Medley." However, the 90-plus seconds shorn from "Mason's Apron" for the original House Full release have not been restored for the CD, while fans of the 1976 album probably would have welcomed the restoration of the two "lost" performances. With those latter flaws in mind, then, this isn't the perfect restoration that this exceptional album deserves. But it's by no means a wasted opportunity, either.

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Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0731458637622
catalogNumber:
586376
Rank:
51903

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