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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Unhalfbricking was, if only in retrospect, a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound. That shift wouldn't be definitive until their next album, Liege & Lief. But the strongest link to the American folk-rock harmony approach left with the departure of Ian Matthews, who left shortly after the sessions for Unhalfbricking began. The mixture of obscure American folk-rock songs, original material, and traditional interpretations that had fallen into place with What We Did on Our Holidays earlier in the year...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Unhalfbricking was, if only in retrospect, a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound. That shift wouldn't be definitive until their next album, Liege & Lief. But the strongest link to the American folk-rock harmony approach left with the departure of Ian Matthews, who left shortly after the sessions for Unhalfbricking began. The mixture of obscure American folk-rock songs, original material, and traditional interpretations that had fallen into place with What We Did on Our Holidays earlier in the year was actually still intact, if not as balanced. Sandy Denny's two compositions, her famous "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" and the far less celebrated but magnetically brooding "Autopsy," were among the record's highlights. So too were the goofball French Cajun cover of Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" here retitled "Si Tu Dois Partir," and a British hit and the magnificent reading of Dylan's "Percy's Song," though the bash through Dylan's "Million Dollar Bash" was less effective. Richard Thompson's pair of songs, however, were less memorable. The clear signpost to the future was their 11-minute take on the traditional song "A Sailor's Life," with guest fiddle by Dave Swarbrick, soon to join Fairport himself and make his own strong contribution toward reshaping the band's sound. [The 2003 CD reissue adds historical liner notes and two decent bonus tracks: an outtake cover of Dylan's "Dear Landlord" and a cover of the Byrds' "The Ballad of Easy Rider" actually recorded during the Liege & Lief sessions that previously surfaced on Richard Thompson's Guitar & Vocal compilation.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 044006359625
  • Catalog Number: 063596
  • Sales rank: 7,935

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Dave Swarbrick Fiddle, Mandolin
Marc Ellington Vocals
Trevor Lucas Triangle
Dave Mattacks Drums
Ian Matthews Vocals
Technical Credits
Sandy Denny Contributor
Fairport Convention Arranger, Producer
Richard Thompson Contributor
John Wood Engineer
Ashley Hutchings Liner Notes, Track Annotations, Sleeve Notes
Simon Nicol Producer
Joe Boyd Producer
Martin Lamble Contributor
Phil Smee CD Package Design
Paschal Byrne Remastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Who Knows Were The Time Goes

    Fairport Convention made many beautiful albums (especially during the Sandy Denny / Richard Thompson years) but this is the one album that needs to be in your collection as it has Sandy Denny singing her own classic song: Who Knows Where The Time Goes. Along with that it has Bob Dylan's Percy's Song and another Dylan tune sang in French. Both Denny and Thompson are in peak form here.

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