Album #163 – Unhalfbricking
I have always been a huge fan of the British folk-rock band, Fairport Convention. I especially love their albums with Sandy Denny. They released three albums in 1969 alone!!! The only other group I can think of who released three great albums in the same year is Creedence Clearwater Revival who did that the same year, 1969. This is the second of those three albums released. Things We Did On Our Holidays was the first, Liege and Lief was the last and that album is also on the list. The thing that stands out for me on this album is Denny’s beautiful voice. Her voice was like no other and it still cannot be matched. The songs are all rooted in traditional British folk music, which is seeing a revival with groups such as Mumford and Sons. One thing to note is that the album features three songs written by Bob Dylan. All of these songs were unreleased at the time. They are: Si Tu Dois Partir, Percy’s Song and Million Dollar Bash. Si Tu Dois Partir was actually translated into French by members of the group. These songs do not sound like songs Dylan wrote at all. They made them their own and performed them in their own unique style. One could describe the sound of Fairport Convention as being: rolk-rock mixed with traditional instruments such as banjos and fiddles. Richard Thompson plays the electric guitar brilliantly on this album and this album marks the start of his extraordinary career that is still going to this day. The highlight of this album for me is one of four original songs on this album, Sandy Denny’s Who Knows Where The Time Goes? It is a very beautiful and sad song. Denny’s sings her lyrics as though she has lived to tell the tale. Many artists have covered this song but hardly any of them have been able to match the songwriter’s emotion in the original. Richard Thompson’s guitar playing is also a highlight on this track. That alone makes this album worth having on the list. This is the second time I have listened to this album and it is already starting to grow on me. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.
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