Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking (1969)

amazon.uk product description:
Unhalfbricking marked a turning point for Fairport Convention and is a definitive amalgam of their influences. The three Bob Dylan songs featured look to their past as a band predominantly influenced by American folk, rock & roll and singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Dylan himself.
Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson were quite possibly the best female vocalist and best guitarist the UK has ever produced, but at this stage they were also budding songwriters of extraordinary potency. They each contributed two songs, showcasing a lyrical and musical vision beyond their years.
The final part of the jigsaw is the 11-minute "A Sailor's Life", representing the future of the band. A folk song that Sandy knew, they transmuted it to stunning effect, showcasing Thompson's guitar playing alongside the searing violin of eclectic folkie Dave Swarbrick in a long electric workout to close the tune.

An authentically timeless album and quite possibly the place to start (though not to stop) if you have never before heard any Fairport Convention. --James Swift


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