Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fairport Convention

Royal Festival Hall (September 24, 1969)











Support acts were Nick Drake and John and Beverley Martyn

01. Come All Ye
02. Reynardine
03. Sir Patrick Spens
04. Lark in the Morning
05. Farewell Farewell
06 .Matty Groves
07 .Quiet Joys of Brotherhood
08. Crazy Man Michael
09. Tam Lin
10. Mason's Appron
11. Ballad of Easy Rider
12. Talk With Jesus [cut]

SQ: C+

DL

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sound quality is awful.

21 January, 2009 07:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, thank you, i can't wait to hear this!

21 January, 2009 10:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somewhere - in Joe Boyd's possession I suspect - there are a couple of excellent quality live recordings of the Fairport/Denny lineup. Which will probably never see the light of day. I know Richard Thompson doesn't have any ...too bad. Leaving us from this short era only a bare handful of listenable live tapes, mainly audience recorded. And, in this particular case, largely unlistenable. Too bad.

22 January, 2009 02:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC! This is "ground zero" for the whole electric folk thing - what a treat. Sound quality is much better than the cassette that I've had for years, a treat to listen to this incredibly historic concert in this degree of fidelity. Where did it come from?

A thousand thank yous...

Chris in Canada

22 January, 2009 05:08  
Blogger ezekielhubbard said...

This looks enticing. It's a shame we don't have the other two sets...

23 January, 2009 02:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh lord, Nick Drake opened? What I would give to hear just one live set by Nick Drake. But thank you for this!

25 January, 2009 02:55  
Anonymous xij64 said...

Thank you.....but the quality is a bit of a struggle
xij64

07 February, 2009 07:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been listening to this over and over, an amazing show. Yes - it's a tough listen in this age of HD and Surround Sound but it's a rewarding listen for anyone who loves the band or electric folk.

...here's the best way to enjoy the show

1) Set morning alarm clock 30 minutes earlier than usual

2) Treat yourself to a heart breakfast

2) Load Fairport Royal Festival Hall 1969 into your iPod

3) Head outdoors with comfortable walking shoes ( rain is helpful too )

4) Turn iPod volume to half power

5) Begin listening, by halfway through the show everything will seem listenable

Interesting that Fairport changed the order of the album slightly to better suit a live concert setting. Tam Lin is absolutely ferocious and has much more soloing at the end than other versions. It always seemed odd that Quiet Joys of Brotherhood and Ballad of Easy Rider were considered for Liege & Lief as they were not "Trad" - but in this concert it makes perfect sense.

thank you again ...

chris in canada

12 February, 2009 23:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the sound quality sucks - but thank GOD this tape exists! And thank you for posting it! I've read about this gig for years and had no idea that there was any evidence at all and then suddenly --- oh to have been there.

08 March, 2009 13:54  
Anonymous cgm said...

So what if it sounds like you're actually outside the hall and wearing a balaclava. You can still hear the sound of history. Thanks!

15 March, 2009 07:48  

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