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Live Convention
Fairport Convention
Live Convention
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
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2005 Remastered re-issue. The five bonus tracks were recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 1974: 'Hexhamshire Lass', 'Polly on the Shore', 'Bring 'Em Down', 'Far From Me' and 'That'll Be the Day'. Universal.


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All Artists: Fairport Convention
Title: Live Convention
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal I.S.
Release Date: 8/15/2005
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498279687


Album Description
2005 Remastered re-issue. The five bonus tracks were recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 1974: 'Hexhamshire Lass', 'Polly on the Shore', 'Bring 'Em Down', 'Far From Me' and 'That'll Be the Day'. Universal.

CD Reviews

More Alive & Longer
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This the Re-mixed & Expanded version of the 1974 release of " Live Convention " is a vast improvement over the original LP/Cassette and CD that came prior. The sound has been overhauled and re-mixed from the original tapes and Five bonus tracks have increased the running time to 74 minutes.

Fairport wisely recorded these shows: Sydney Opera House, Rainbow Theatre, London & Fairfield Hall, Croydon to capture the Sandy Denny / Dave Swarbrick / Trevor Lucas / Jerry Donahue led band.

" Matty Groves" is first and it's a good one from Sandy with Swarb leading the boys with nice solos on the fiddle (parts of this are mixed into the" Matty Mega-Mix" on the "UnConventional Box Set")." Rosie" & "Fiddlestix " are next and showcase Swarb in fine form. Trevor get's the spotlight on "Something You Got" and a very nice version of "Sloth" is next with some very beautful Guitar solos from Jerry and a wonderful Bass solo from Mr. Dave Pegg, then Swarb goes "Cosmic" with his Fiddle (one of the best of 3,128 recorded versions out there). This Sloth is one of the short ones at only 11 and a half minutes.

"Dirty Linen", "Down in the Flood" & "Sir B. MacKenzie" rap the original release, then we get the "Bonus Tracks". " A brief introduction of the band then it's "The Hexhamshire Lass" finely sung by Swarb with Dave Mattacks drums matching eveything Swarb does on Fiddle. Trevor performs "Polly on the Shore" his best known tune and it's a stunner of a version. Next up is "Bring Em' Down" and it's the gem of this expanded edition of "Live Convention" at almost 14 minutes in length it's got Trevor's best vocal on disk and gives Swarb a chance to go ape$#!* on his fiddle with his Effect Pedals, it's brillant and just as Cosmic as what Ric Sanders does live in the current line-up...Fantastic track !!!

Things rap-up with "Far From Me" a tune by John Prine that Trevor covers quite nicely with just his great voice and acoustic guitar, this one is another welcome addition to "Live", Trevor, we miss you Mate! The new closer for this Disk is "That'll Be The Day" to end things on a Rock N' Roll way with Sandy singing and Jerry screamin' on his Fender.

This is a big improvement over the "Old" version, it's not a sonic marvel like the first two "Archive" releases but it's a solid 4 STAR CD.

The booklet inclosed with five pages of notes by Jerry Donahue tells you ton's about the Austrailian / Asian tour that gives you these recordings and how much money Fairport was in debt by the end of said tour... Funny Stuff.

This may be my favorite Fairport lineup...
greyhoundude | Corvallis, OR | 10/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Richard Thompson or no Richard Thompson, Fairport's albums, beginning with LIEGE & LIEF, became less and less interesting until 3/5 of Fotheringay joined Fairport for the tour from which this album was recorded. This release signaled a return to the pre-LIEGE sound: mixing traditional tunes with Sandy Denny's songs, the occasional Dylan tune and some straight rock and roll. The rhythm section of Pegg/Mattacks is as good as you'd expect them to be, Jerry Donahue's guitar work is amazing, Swarb fiddles less with the sound and Sandy & Trevor's vocals are strong.

The original release of this album left us with the impression that Trevor Lucas was mostly in a supporting role. The bonus tracks finally demonstrate just how crucial Trevor was to this Fairport lineup. Too bad it didn't last. This was a powerful band. 4 1/2 stars."
Resin up the bow
emperor nobody | california, USA | 01/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just grabbed this and blasted it in the headphones... a tremendous improvement on the utterly crappy-sounding original issue of this one. Hearing this one tempts me to run back out and buy the remasters of "Nine" and "Rosie".

The bonus tracks are revelatory, especially since I never heard Trevor sing John Prine. Only fault I can find is that the between-song talking parts weren't trimmed to allow the inclusion of the stunning "Days of '49" from the same Sydney shows, which you can find on the Australian "Fiddlestix" compilation on the Raven label.

Indeed, this particular incarnation (where they began to be referred to affectionately as "Fotheringport Confusion") is on par with the best of this incredible band."