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XXXV [Bonus Tracks]
     

XXXV [Bonus Tracks]

by Fairport Convention
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Talking Elephant
UPC:
5028479008520
catalogNumber:
85

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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
Ric Sanders   Composer,Instrument Arrangement
Anna Ryder   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Nigel Stonier   Composer
Barbara Berry   Composer

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