Fairport Convention (album)

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Fairport Convention
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1968; 1970 in the US
RecordedNovember 1967
StudioSound Techniques, London
GenreFolk rock[1]
Length37:46 (original release)
57:51 (2003 reissue)
LabelUK: Polydor 582035 (mono), 583035 (stereo); US: Cotillion SD 9024
ProducerJoe Boyd, Tod Lloyd for Witchseason Productions
Fairport Convention chronology
Fairport Convention
What We Did on Our Holidays
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Fairport Convention is Fairport Convention's debut album. The band formed in 1967, with the original line-up consisting of Richard Thompson (guitar); Simon Nicol (guitar); Ashley “Tyger” Hutchings (bass); and Sean Frater (drums), who was replaced after their first gig by Martin Lamble. They were shortly thereafter joined by Judy Dyble (vocals), and Ian MacDonald (later known as Iain Matthews) joined them after they made their major London stage debut in one of Brian Epstein’s Sunday concerts at the Saville Theatre.

With an approach strongly influenced by Jefferson Airplane's first two albums, as opposed to the electric traditional folk for which the group later became famous, the debut album features songs by Emitt Rhodes, Joni Mitchell and Jim & Jean, adaptations of poems by George Painter and Bob Dylan, and some original material.

This is the only Fairport Convention studio album on which Judy Dyble sings. She left in 1968 and was replaced by Sandy Denny but during her short time with the band she made an impression, particularly through her on-stage habit of knitting dishcloths and scarves when not actually singing.[2]

The album should not be confused with the A&M Records' Fairport Convention, the USA release/re-titling of their second UK album, What We Did On Our Holidays. The first album, listed as a product of Polydor-England, was finally released in the U.S. on Cotillion Records in 1970.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Time Will Show the Wiser"Emitt Rhodes3:05
2."I Don't Know Where I Stand"Joni Mitchell3:45
3."If (Stomp)"Ian MacDonald, Richard Thompson2:45
4."Decameron"Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Thompson3:42
5."Jack O'Diamonds"Bob Dylan, Ben Carruthers3:30
6."Portfolio"Judy Dyble, Tyger Hutchings2:00
Side two
7."Chelsea Morning"Joni Mitchell3:05
8."Sun Shade"Ghosh, Horvitch, Thompson3:50
9."The Lobster"George Painter, Hutchings, Thompson5:25
10."It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft"Hutchings, Thompson3:12
11."One Sure Thing"Harvey Brooks, Jim Glover2:50
12."M.1 Breakdown"Hutchings, Simon Nicol1:22
2003 reissue bonus tracks
13."Suzanne"Leonard Cohen5:48
14."If I Had a Ribbon Bow"Hughie Prince, Lou Singer2:44
15."Morning Glory"Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley3:13
16."Reno, Nevada"Richard Fariña7:43


Fairport Convention[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Unterberger, R. (2011). "Fairport Convention – Fairport Convention | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ "FREE RICHARD THOMPSON NOW!". Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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