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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Neither fish nor foul, Fairport Convention holds a position somewhere between traditional English and contemporary Celtic music. Although mostly acoustic, electric bass, and piano make appearances, and while the bandmembers enjoy the folk songs of yesteryear, they also pen new material. The band's approach and style also separate them from the folk-rock of the Richard Thompson/Sandy Denny era, which rocked quite a bit harder. XXXV celebrates the band's long history by dipping into a few old favorites like "I Wandered by a Brookside" and "The Deserter." The group plays as a collective unit, offering a nice blend of mandolin, fiddle, and guitar along with energetic ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Neither fish nor foul, Fairport Convention holds a position somewhere between traditional English and contemporary Celtic music. Although mostly acoustic, electric bass, and piano make appearances, and while the bandmembers enjoy the folk songs of yesteryear, they also pen new material. The band's approach and style also separate them from the folk-rock of the Richard Thompson/Sandy Denny era, which rocked quite a bit harder. XXXV celebrates the band's long history by dipping into a few old favorites like "I Wandered by a Brookside" and "The Deserter." The group plays as a collective unit, offering a nice blend of mandolin, fiddle, and guitar along with energetic percussion. There's a relaxed version of "The Banks of the Sweet Primroses" and a stately take on Thompson and Dave Swarbrick's "Now Be Thankful." Anna Ryder's vocals add a nice touch to "The Crowd," and Ian Anderson offers some fancy flute work on "Portmeirion." Interestingly, this latter instrumental reminds one of other new acoustic compositions by outfits like New Grange, another band on the Compass label. While all of the selections are performed competently and professionally, a certain sameness seeps into the proceedings halfway through the album. It's as though the music has become too safe, too predictable. Fans of Fairport, however, will enjoy sitting down with a pint of their favorite beverage and taking a long look back at the band's illustrious history. [This edition contains bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • EAN: 5028479008520
  • Catalog Number: 85

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fairport Convention Primary Artist
Ian Anderson Flute, Guest Appearance
Simon Nicol Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Pegg Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Gerry Conway Percussion, Drum (Bông), Group Member
Chris Leslie Mandolin, Violin, Vocals, Tenor Banjo, Group Member
Mark Tucker Electric Guitar, E-bow, Guest Appearance
Julie Matthews Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chris While Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ric Sanders Violin, Electric Piano, Baritone Violin, Group Member
Anna Ryder Piano, Accordion, French Horn, Vocals, Penny Whistle, Guest Appearance
Chris Knibbs Trombone, Guest Appearance
Chas McDevitt Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Dave Swarbrick Composer
Dave Pegg Producer
Ken Craddock Composer
Chris Leslie Arranger, Composer
Michael Marra Composer
John Richards Composer
Mark Tucker Producer, Engineer
John Dent Mastering
Ric Sanders Composer, Instrument Arrangement
Anna Ryder Composer
Traditional Composer
Nigel Stonier Composer
Barbara Berry Composer
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