House Full [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 731458637622
  • Catalog Number: 586376
  • Sales rank: 54,809

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Dave Swarbrick Violin, Vocals
Richard Thompson Dulcimer, Guitar, Vocals
Simon Nicol Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar
Dave Pegg Bass, Mandolin
Dave Mattacks Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Arranger
Fairport Convention Arranger, Producer
Richard Thompson Arranger
John Wood Engineer
Joe Boyd Producer, Liner Notes
Frank Kornelussen Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not the Fairest Fairport

    Although producer Joe Boyd claims in his notes this may be the best Fairport line-up, the CD falls short. Sloth and Matty Groves are first rate but the trad material seems to run together. As a Richard Thompson fan, I'm glad to have this album on CD, but he was not really an outstanding bandleader at this point. Sandy Denny was badly missed and more originals might have varied the program.

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