Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 12:25 AM

British hippies who started out emulating Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention escalated their homeland connections with each outing, culminating in this, their fourth album and a watershed for British folk-rock. Hindsight offers the ironic possibility that the Dylan covers of its predecessor, Unhalfbricking, opened a window onto the earlier Irish-English-Scots roots of the American music they loved, and Liege & Lief jumps through that window triumphantly. "Come All Ye" underscores their affinity for the Band yet is joyfully rooted in their own fertile folk traditions, echoed in a mix of classic songs from members Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, and Richard Thompson, and given direct homage in the extended ballads "Matty Groves" and "Tam Lin," which evoke Neil Young & Crazy Horse in kilts. Fiddler Dave Swarbrick's arrival as a fulltime member adds new richness and a wonderful foil for Thompson's superb guitar leads. A medley of jigs and reels showcases their flair for hot-wiring traditional British Isles dances, a fixture ever since.
1.Come All Ye (5:01)
2.Reynardine (4:33)
3.Matty Groves (8:09)
4.Farewell, Farewell (2:39)
5.The Deserter (4:24)
6.Medley: The Lark in the Morning (4:07)
7.Tam Lin (7:13)
8.Crazy Man Michael (4:37)

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