Live Convention [Germany Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Maybe it's the fresh remixing and remastering, from original concert tapes, or the new technology being used, but most of the problems that pertained to this somewhat obscure Fairport Convention concert recording on vinyl and earlier CD issues have vanished, or else been reduced in scope to insignificance, and 30 minutes of additional live material from the Sydney Opera House has been added to the official release of Live Convention. There's still a certain lack of closeness and intimacy, but now there's both a spaciousness to the sound and a presence to all of the elements, especially the vocals, that was missing on previous incarnations of this concert recording. Sandy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Maybe it's the fresh remixing and remastering, from original concert tapes, or the new technology being used, but most of the problems that pertained to this somewhat obscure Fairport Convention concert recording on vinyl and earlier CD issues have vanished, or else been reduced in scope to insignificance, and 30 minutes of additional live material from the Sydney Opera House has been added to the official release of Live Convention. There's still a certain lack of closeness and intimacy, but now there's both a spaciousness to the sound and a presence to all of the elements, especially the vocals, that was missing on previous incarnations of this concert recording. Sandy Denny's voice on "Matty Groves" is much more sharply delineated here; similarly, her extended notes on the ends of verses in the opening of "John the Gun" are impressive technically in ways that they didn't seem on the original release. And the band's playing throughout has more punch and detail as well. The main "problem" with this recording, apart from the now-corrected technical flaws, is that while it finds Denny back in the lineup as a "guest" she'd rejoin officially at the end of this tour, Richard Thompson's guitar playing is still missed; with this remastering, however, the latter is somewhat less of a problem -- not that there's any real substitute for him, but the playing is now so finely delineated that one can properly pick out the most exciting elements of the band's attack; on "Fiddlestix" and "Sloth," and the break on "Matty Groves," this makes for a considerably more rewarding listening experience than previous incarnations of this album. The five bonus cuts, all recorded at the Sydney Opera House, only offer Denny on one track -- the group's rendition of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" -- with Trevor Lucas showcased on the other four. It is, further, mostly a fine showcase for the band's newly invigorated playing as well, which leads one to suspect that the original release of this album would have fared better as a double-LP, had Island Records been willing to take the chance on such a venture. The one track still missing that ought to be here -- and would have made this a double-CD -- is "Days of '49," which has surfaced separately as part of Raven Records' Fiddlestix compilation. But at least it's out there, and now so is the rest of the material recorded at the Sydney show. A further bonus is the annotation by Jerry Donahue, which is extremely funny as well as informative, dealing with the twists and turns backstage in the music business as well as the unexpected turns of fate for this band. In any event, for the first time in its long and sometimes mysterious history, this release is now essential listening and not just an object of interest for completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 602498279687
  • Catalog Number: 9827968
  • Sales rank: 82,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Matty Groves (7:51)
  2. 2 Rosie (4:14)
  3. 3 Fiddlestix (2:47)
  4. 4 John the Gun (5:08)
  5. 5 Something You Got (2:44)
  6. 6 Sloth (11:31)
  7. 7 Dirty Linen (3:52)
  8. 8 Down in the Flood (3:21)
  9. 9 Sir B. MacKenzie (5:59)
  10. 10 The Hexhamshire Lass (4:39)
  11. 11 Polly on the Shore (6:08)
  12. 12 Bring 'Em Down (11:52)
  13. 13 Far from Me (3:40)
  14. 14 That'll Be the Day (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Dave Swarbrick Group Member
Sandy Denny Group Member
Jerry Donahue Group Member
Trevor Lucas Group Member
Dave Pegg Group Member
Dave Mattacks Group Member
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Arranger, Composer
Sandy Denny Arranger, Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Fairport Convention Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
John Prine Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
John Wood Producer
Jerry Donahue Arranger, Sleeve Notes
Ashley Hutchings Arranger
Trevor Lucas Arranger, Composer, Producer
Simon Nicol Arranger, Composer
Dave Pegg Arranger
Norman Petty Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Phil Benton Stage Mix
Dave Mattacks Arranger, Composer
Phil Smee Packaging
Graham Goodhall Paintings
Roger Proctor Stage Mix
Traditional Composer
Paschal Byrne Remastering
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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    Never Catches Fire

    The AMG reviewer must have heard a different CD than the one I'm reviewing. The sound seems a bit shaky at times and only Sandy Denny's songs save this set from being below average. I don't regret buying this album but Richard Thompson is really missed. Listen to House Full and you realize how much he sparked Fairport. The best live tracks cut by the group can be found on the Heydays BBC compilation. I give the Denny songs here 3 1/2 stars but the songs without Sandy drag it down to a 2 1/2 rating.

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