Live Convention [Germany Bonus Tracks]

Live Convention [Germany Bonus Tracks]

by Fairport Convention

CD(Remastered / German Import)

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Overview

Maybe it's the fresh remixing and remastering, from original concert tapes, or the new technology being used, but most of the problems that pertained to this somewhat obscure Fairport Convention concert recording on vinyl and earlier CD issues have vanished, or else been reduced in scope to insignificance, and 30 minutes of additional live material from the Sydney Opera House has been added to the official release of Live Convention. There's still a certain lack of closeness and intimacy, but now there's both a spaciousness to the sound and a presence to all of the elements, especially the vocals, that was missing on previous incarnations of this concert recording. Sandy Denny's voice on "Matty Groves" is much more sharply delineated here; similarly, her extended notes on the ends of verses in the opening of "John the Gun" are impressive technically in ways that they didn't seem on the original release. And the band's playing throughout has more punch and detail as well. The main "problem" with this recording, apart from the now-corrected technical flaws, is that while it finds Denny back in the lineup as a "guest" (she'd rejoin officially at the end of this tour), Richard Thompson's guitar playing is still missed; with this remastering, however, the latter is somewhat less of a problem -- not that there's any real substitute for him, but the playing is now so finely delineated that one can properly pick out the most exciting elements of the band's attack; on "Fiddlestix" and "Sloth," and the break on "Matty Groves," this makes for a considerably more rewarding listening experience than previous incarnations of this album. The five bonus cuts, all recorded at the Sydney Opera House, only offer Denny on one track -- the group's rendition of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" -- with Trevor Lucas showcased on the other four. It is, further, mostly a fine showcase for the band's newly invigorated playing as well, which leads one to suspect that the original release of this album would have fared better as a double-LP, had Island Records been willing to take the chance on such a venture. The one track still missing that ought to be here -- and would have made this a double-CD -- is "Days of '49," which has surfaced separately as part of Raven Records' Fiddlestix compilation. But at least it's out there, and now so is the rest of the material recorded at the Sydney show. A further bonus is the annotation by Jerry Donahue, which is extremely funny as well as informative, dealing with the twists and turns backstage in the music business as well as the unexpected turns of fate for this band. In any event, for the first time in its long and sometimes mysterious history, this release is now essential listening and not just an object of interest for completists.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0602498279687
catalogNumber: 9827968
Rank: 59082

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fairport Convention   Primary Artist
Dave Swarbrick   Group Member
Sandy Denny   Group Member
Jerry Donahue   Group Member
Trevor Lucas   Group Member
Dave Pegg   Group Member
Dave Mattacks   Group Member

Technical Credits

Dave Swarbrick   Arranger,Composer
Sandy Denny   Arranger,Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Fairport Convention   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
John Wood   Producer
Jerry Donahue   Arranger,Sleeve Notes
Ashley Hutchings   Arranger
Trevor Lucas   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Simon Nicol   Arranger,Composer
Dave Pegg   Arranger
Norman Petty   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Phil Benton   Stage Mix
Dave Mattacks   Arranger,Composer
Phil Smee   Packaging
Graham Goodhall   Paintings
Roger Proctor   Stage Mix
Traditional   Composer

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A Fairport Live Convention 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The AMG reviewer must have heard a different CD than the one I'm reviewing. The sound seems a bit shaky at times and only Sandy Denny's songs save this set from being below average. I don't regret buying this album but Richard Thompson is really missed. Listen to House Full and you realize how much he sparked Fairport. The best live tracks cut by the group can be found on the Heydays BBC compilation. I give the Denny songs here 3 1/2 stars but the songs without Sandy drag it down to a 2 1/2 rating.