The Best of the BBC Recordings

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The title of this collection is a bit of a misnomer, since most Fairport Convention fans will tell you the best of the venerable British folk-rock group's recordings for BBC Radio were already compiled on the superb 1987 album Heyday which grew from a 12-track LP to a 20-song CD when it got a digital makeover in 2002. But as a sampler of the four-disc Live at the BBC box set which preserves every surviving radio session Fairport recorded between 1967 and 1974, this effectively skims the cream from the material that didn't appear on Heyday, and strikes a graceful and effective balance between the familiar and the unexpected. There are live-in-the-studio versions of some of ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The title of this collection is a bit of a misnomer, since most Fairport Convention fans will tell you the best of the venerable British folk-rock group's recordings for BBC Radio were already compiled on the superb 1987 album Heyday which grew from a 12-track LP to a 20-song CD when it got a digital makeover in 2002. But as a sampler of the four-disc Live at the BBC box set which preserves every surviving radio session Fairport recorded between 1967 and 1974, this effectively skims the cream from the material that didn't appear on Heyday, and strikes a graceful and effective balance between the familiar and the unexpected. There are live-in-the-studio versions of some of Fairport's better-known songs here, including "Meet on the Ledge," "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," "Tam Lin," and "Rosie," but you also get "Nottamun Town" dressed up with Indian percussion, a jazzy take on Sandy Denny's "Autopsy," and Simon Nicol rather than Sandy Denny taking lead vocals on "The Deserter." The set also focuses on what's generally considered Fairport Convention's strongest period, when Denny and Richard Thompson were both in the group, though a handful of tracks document lineups in which neither appeared and prove that even without the band's "stars," Fairport remained a consistently strong and exciting band. You'd be hard-pressed to find a funkier set of jigs and reels than the version of "Dirty Linen" featured here, the recordings of "Now Be Thankful" and "Meet on the Ledge" boast an esprit de corps that tops their studio counterparts, and the closing takes of "John the Gun" and Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood" confirm that Denny's second tenure with the band was just as impressive as the first, if not as widely acclaimed. Fairport Convention obsessives will be satisfied with nothing less than the full box set, but more casual admirers will discover plenty of buried treasure on Best of the BBC Recordings, and it's a fine beginners guide to the riches found in the larger collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753082904
  • Catalog Number: 5308290

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nottamun Town (3:38)
  2. 2 Meet on the Ledge (2:50)
  3. 3 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (4:14)
  4. 4 Fotheringay (3:01)
  5. 5 Autopsy (4:26)
  6. 6 Sir Patrick Spens (3:46)
  7. 7 Reynardine (4:21)
  8. 8 Tam Lin (7:48)
  9. 9 Walk Awhile (4:02)
  10. 10 The Deserter (3:56)
  11. 11 Dirty Linen (Jigs & Reels) (4:16)
  12. 12 Now Be Thankful (2:26)
  13. 13 Rosie (4:03)
  14. 14 Rising for the Moon (4:17)
  15. 15 Down in the Flood (3:27)
  16. 16 John the Gun (5:05)
  17. 17 OM
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Composer
Sandy Denny Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Fairport Convention Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
Pete Dauncey Producer, Audio Production
John Walters Producer, Audio Production
Tony Wilson Engineer, Audio Production
Allen Harris Engineer
Bernie Andrews Producer, Audio Production
Bob Conduct Engineer
Traditional Composer
Aidan Day Producer
Adrian Revill Engineer
Dave Tate Engineer
Frances Line Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not The Best Of The BBC

    This set is difficult to rate. If the Heydays CD did not exist these tracks would be essential. But it does and that's the problem. Adding to the quandry is this set's lack of liner notes. Several of these tracks may also appear on Heydays but you can't be sure. However, the price is right and the group is in peak form even though most of these numbers are familar. I would recomend buying both sets unless you feeel like spending big bucks for the BBC box. If you only want one, Heydays is the band's most famous lineup doing quite a few covers of songs not on their studio albums. Go with it.

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