Fairport Convention - 1967 - Liege & Lief (2007 2CD Deluxe Edition) [EAC FLAC]

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  • Artist: Fairport Convention
  • Album: Liege & Lief (Aug 1, 2007)
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  • Summary [Last.fm]: Fairport Convention is often credited with being the first English folk-rock band. Formed in 1967, Fairport rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American 'west coast' music to an individual style which melded rock music with traditional English tunes and songs. Like their peers The Byrds , Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane they were blessed with several considerable individual talents and produced music that -at least initially- was eclectic, as well as exploratory. This side of the band may best be heard on <a tit
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Fairport Convention - 1967 - Liege & Lief

(2007 2CD Deluxe Edition) [EAC FLAC]


Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention in 1972

Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as a key group in the English folk rock movement. Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers. Since 1979, they have hosted the Cropredy Festival, which is the largest such annual event in England. Individually and collectively the members of Fairport Convention have received numerous awards recognising their contribution to music and culture. As of 2016, they continue to record and tour.

Liege & Lief (2007 2CD Deluxe Edition)


Artist: Fairport Convention
Title: Liege & Lief
Format: 2 × CD, Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Expanded, Remastered
Producer: Joe Boyd
Release Date: December 1969, (Deluxe Edition August 20, 2007)
Country: UK
Recorded: 16, 19, 22, 29 October and 1 November 1969, Sound Techniques, London
Label: Island Records, Island Remasters
Catalog: 530 111-1
Genre: Rock, British Folk Rock, Eletric Folk, Progressive Folk
Duration: 88:41

Liege & Lief is the fourth album by the English folk rock band Fairport Convention. It is the third and final album the group released in the UK in 1969, all of which prominently feature Sandy Denny as lead female vocalist. (Denny did not appear on the group's 1968 debut album). It is also the very first Fairport album on which all songs have either been adapted (freely) from traditional British and Celtic folk material (for example "Matty Groves", "Tam Lin"), or else are original compositions (such as "Come All Ye", "Crazy Man Michael") written and performed in a similar style. By introducing songs of this genre into the group's repertoire Denny, who had previously sung and recorded traditional folk songs as a solo artist, was instrumental in this transformation. Although Denny quit the band even before the album's release, Fairport Convention has continued to the present day to make music almost exclusively within the traditional British folk music idiom, and are still most strongly associated with it.
The album was moderately successful, peaking at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart during a 15-week run. It is often credited, though the claim is sometimes disputed, as the first major "British folk rock" album. (This term is not to be confused with American-style folk rock, which had first achieved mainstream popularity on both sides of the Atlantic with The Byrds’ early work several years prior.) The popularity of Liege & Lief did a great deal to establish the new style commercially and artistically as a distinct genre. In an audience vote at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2006, the album was voted "Most Influential Folk Album of All Time".

AllMusic Review by Mark Deming:
In the decades since its original release, more than one writer has declared Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief the definitive British folk-rock album, a distinction it holds at least in part because it grants equal importance to all three parts of that formula. While Fairport had begun dipping their toes into British traditional folk with their stellar version of "A Sailor's Life" on Unhalfbricking, Liege & Lief found them diving head first into the possibilities of England's musical past, with Ashley Hutchings digging through the archives at the Cecil Sharp House in search of musical treasure, and the musicians (in particular vocalist Sandy Denny) eagerly embracing the dark mysteries of this music. (Only two of the album's eight songs were group originals, though "Crazy Man Michael" and "Come All Ye" hardly stand out from their antique counterparts.) Liege & Lief was also recorded after a tour bus crash claimed the lives of original Fairport drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend; as the members of the group worked to shake off the tragedy (and break in new drummer Dave Mattacks and full-time fiddler Dave Swarbrick), they became a stronger and more adventurous unit, less interested in the neo-Jefferson Airplane direction of their earlier work and firmly committed to fusing time-worn folk with electric instruments while honoring both. And while Liege & Lief was the most purely folk-oriented Fairport Convention album to date, it also rocked hard in a thoroughly original and uncompromising way; the "Lark in the Morning" medley swings unrelentingly, the group's crashing dynamics wring every last ounce of drama from "Tam Lin" and "Matty Groves," and Thompson and Swarbrick's soloing is dazzling throughout. Liege & Lief introduced a large new audience to the beauty of British folk, but Fairport Convention's interpretations spoke of the present as much as the past, and the result was timeless music in the best sense of the term.

2007 digitally remastered and expanded UK two CD Deluxe Edition of this groundbreaking 1969 British Folk album features a bonus disc that contains an additional ten tracks (five studio out-takes and five BBC sessions from John Peel's Top Gear program from September 1969), BBC Radio 2 listeners have voted Liege & Lief as 'the most important Folk album of all-time!'. With their strongest line-up ever (including Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings and Richard Thompson), the band could do no wrong. 18 tracks. Island.



01. Come All Ye (5:05)
02. Reynardine (4:34)
03. Matty Groves (8:10)
04. Farewell, Farewell (2:40)
05. The Deserter (4:25)
06. Medley: The Lark In The Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss The Feathers (4:09)
07. Tam Lin (7:14)
08. Crazy Man Michael (4:42)


01. Sir Patrick Spens (Sandy Denny Vocal Version) (4:03)
02. The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (Take 4) (6:01)
03. The Ballad Of Easy Rider (4:55)
04. Tam Lin (7:48)
05. Medley: The Lark In The Morning / Rakish Paddy / Foxhunter's Jig / Toss The Feathers (4:15)
06. Sir Patrick Spens (3:46)
07. Reynardline (4:21)
08. The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (Take 1) (7:57)
09. The Lady Is A Tramp (2:14)
10. Medley (Hidden Track) – 2:21
01. The Lady Is a Tramp
02. In Other Words (Fly Me to the Moon)


Sandy Denny - vocals
Dave Swarbrick - fiddle, viola
Richard Thompson - electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Simon Nicol - electric, 6-string & 12-string acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Ashley Hutchings - bass guitar, backing vocals
Dave Mattacks - drums, percussion

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I own this one, great album and not a bad mastering, but the SACD is supposed to be amazing - hint hint.

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