The Fairport Companion

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For a band that's seen seven or more incarnations, Fairport Convention has remained a near-mythological Godhead for the British folk scene. Castle Music's sprawling Fairport Companion, complete with a hand-drawn family tree foldout from legendary illustrator/journalist Pete Frame, manages to dutifully represent nearly all of the group's major offshoots. Well-known tracks from the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Steeleye Span, Shirley Collins, and Dave Swarbick are nestled snugly against lesser-known offerings from Trader Horne, Lal and Mike Waterson, Shelagh McDonald, and Harvey Andrews and Graham Cooper -- even the Sandy Denny tracks, Alex Campbell's "Been on the ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For a band that's seen seven or more incarnations, Fairport Convention has remained a near-mythological Godhead for the British folk scene. Castle Music's sprawling Fairport Companion, complete with a hand-drawn family tree foldout from legendary illustrator/journalist Pete Frame, manages to dutifully represent nearly all of the group's major offshoots. Well-known tracks from the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Steeleye Span, Shirley Collins, and Dave Swarbick are nestled snugly against lesser-known offerings from Trader Horne, Lal and Mike Waterson, Shelagh McDonald, and Harvey Andrews and Graham Cooper -- even the Sandy Denny tracks, Alex Campbell's "Been on the Road So Long" and then-boyfriend Jackson C. Frank's "Milk and Honey" are long overlooked gems. The Fairport Companion should be handed out to anybody looking to make sense of the collective's annual Cropredy Festival, as it features nearly everyone who would be likely to take the stage, but it should also be required listening for anybody with even the most remote interest in the origins of English folk-rock, as it sounds -- albeit pleasurably -- like a lecture from a visiting professor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Castle Us
  • UPC: 021823625225
  • Catalog Number: 36252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocky Road to Dublin & Drops of Brandy - Ian Campbell Folk Group (1:28)
  2. 2 Washington at Valley Forge (1:16)
  3. 3 Can't Recall Her Name - The Ugly's (2:41)
  4. 4 Been on the Road So Long (5:02)
  5. 5 Milk and Honey (4:24)
  6. 6 Soldiers Three (1:13)
  7. 7 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - Al Jones (3:27)
  8. 8 Morning Way (4:35)
  9. 9 Velvet to Atone (2:29)
  10. 10 The Blackleg Miner (2:45)
  11. 11 Lowlands of Holland (5:59)
  12. 12 Twa Corbies (2:07)
  13. 13 One Night as I Lay on My Bed (3:32)
  14. 14 A Pretty Little Tune (5:28)
  15. 15 Song for a Friend (3:05)
  16. 16 Days Used to Be Much Warmer (5:02)
  17. 17 Alligator Man (2:20)
  18. 18 Baby Go Slow (3:54)
  19. 19 Odyssey (6:10)
  20. 20 Poor Murdererd Woman - Shirley Collins (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Murder of Maria Marten - Shirley Collins (7:25)
  2. 2 Rave On (1:52)
  3. 3 Dangerous Dave (4:20)
  4. 4 Rubber Band - Lal Waterson (2:58)
  5. 5 Morris Dance Tunes (6:11)
  6. 6 Franklin Avenue (2:50)
  7. 7 Knowing the Game (2:33)
  8. 8 Mistress's Health/Lumps of Plum Pudding/Sherborne Jig/Spaniards Cry (3:23)
  9. 9 Targets - Harvey Andrews (4:06)
  10. 10 Here We Come A-Wassailing (1:29)
  11. 11 St. Patrick's Breastplate - Royston Wood (4:22)
  12. 12 The Cutty Wren - Royston Wood (3:26)
  13. 13 A Sailor's Life/One More Day (8:32)
  14. 14 It Suits Me Well (5:07)
  15. 15 Boadicea (2:11)
  16. 16 The Albion Band Is Here Again (3:25)
  17. 17 The Electric Guitar Is King (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Technical Credits
The Albion Band Composer
Steeleye Span Arranger
Bob Dylan Composer
Harvey Andrews Composer
Shelagh McDonald Composer
Floyd Chance Composer
Judy Dyble Composer
Tyger Hutchings Arranger
Ian Matthews Composer
Martin Quittenton Composer
Mike Waterson Composer
Potter Arranger
Pete Frame Drawing
Traditional Composer
Pat Deighan Composer
David Wells Annotation
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