Friday, July 07, 2006

requested...
Fairport Convention ''Unhalfbricking'' 1969

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. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

1. Genesis Hall
2. Si Tu Dois Partir
3. Autopsy
4. A Sailor's Life
5. Cajun Woman
6. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
7. Percy's Song
8. Million Dollar Bash
9. Dear Landlord (bonus)
10. The Ballad Of Easy Rider (bonus)

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd heard _of_ this album for years. What a pleasure to finally hear it!

08 July, 2006 00:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is essential listening ... had the original US vinyl for ages .... no longer, sadly, so thanx ... great great stuff.

08 July, 2006 02:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for fulfilling my request.

09 July, 2006 14:31  
Blogger UK folk junkie said...

"A Sailor's Life" and Trees "Sally Free and Easy" are the UK's two greatest folk rock epics!

10 June, 2007 15:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alas, the link has expired. Any chance that someone might refresh it?

Thanks!

13 October, 2007 12:35  

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