Fairport Convention (album)
|Studio album by Fairport Convention|
|Released||June 1968; 1970 in the US|
|Recorded||November 1967 at Sound Techniques, London|
|Length||37:46 (original release)
57:51 (2003 reissue)
|Label||UK: Polydor 582035 (mono), 583035 (stereo); US: Cotillion SD 9024|
|Producer||Joe Boyd, Tod Lloyd for Witchseason Productions|
|Fairport Convention chronology|
Fairport Convention is Fairport Convention's debut album. The band formed in 1967, with original line-up Judy Dyble and Ian MacDonald (later known as Iain Matthews) (vocals), Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol (guitars), Ashley “Tyger” Hutchings (bass) and Sean Frater, replaced after their first gig by Martin Lamble (percussion). In this form 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 was replaced in 1968 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.
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 a product of Polydor-England, was finally released in the U.S. on Cotillion Records in 1970.
- "Time Will Show the Wiser" (Emitt Rhodes) – 3:05
- "I Don't Know Where I Stand" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:45
- "If (Stomp)" (Ian MacDonald, Richard Thompson) – 2:45
- "Decameron" (Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Thompson) – 3:42
- "Jack O'Diamonds" (Bob Dylan, Ben Carruthers) – 3:30
- "Portfolio" (Judy Dyble, Tyger Hutchings) – 2:00
- "Chelsea Morning" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:05
- "Sun Shade" (Ghosh, Horvitch, Thompson) – 3:50
- "The Lobster" (George Painter, Hutchings, Thompson) – 5:25
- "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft" (Hutchings, Thompson) – 3:12
- "One Sure Thing" (Harvey Brooks, Jim Glover) – 2:50
- "M1 Breakdown" (Hutchings, Simon Nicol) – 1:22
2003 reissue bonus tracks
- "Suzanne" (Leonard Cohen) – 5:48
- "If I Had a Ribbon Bow" (Hughie Prince, Lou Singer) – 2:44
- "Morning Glory" (Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley) – 3:13
- "Reno, Nevada" (Richard Fariña) – 7:43
- Judy Dyble – lead vocals, electric and acoustic autoharps, recorder, piano
- Ian MacDonald (Iain Matthews) – lead vocals, Jew's harp
- Richard Thompson – vocals, lead electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin
- Simon Nicol – vocals, electric 12 and 6 string and acoustic guitars
- Ashley Hutchings – bass guitar, jug, double bass
- Martin Lamble – percussion, violin
- Additional personnel
- Claire Lowther – cello
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