Fairport Convention (album)

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Fairport Convention
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released June 1968; 1970 in the US
Recorded November 1967
Studio Sound Techniques, London
Genre Folk rock[1]
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
What We Did on Our Holidays
(1969)What We Did on Our Holidays1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

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); the latter 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 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.[3]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Time Will Show the Wiser" Emitt Rhodes 3:05
2. "I Don't Know Where I Stand" Joni Mitchell 3:45
3. "If (Stomp)" Ian McDonald, Richard Thompson 2:45
4. "Decameron" Paul Ghosh, Andrew Horvitch, Thompson 3:42
5. "Jack O'Diamonds" Bob Dylan, Ben Carruthers 3:30
6. "Portfolio" Judy Dyble, Tyger Hutchings 2:00
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Chelsea Morning" Joni Mitchell 3:05
8. "Sun Shade" Ghosh, Horvitch, Thompson 3:50
9. "The Lobster" George Painter, Hutchings, Thompson 5:25
10. "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft" Hutchings, Thompson 3:12
11. "One Sure Thing" Harvey Brooks, Jim Glover 2:50
12. "M! Breakdown" Hutchings, Simon Nicol 1:22
2003 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Suzanne" Leonard Cohen 5:48
14. "If I Had a Ribbon Bow" Hughie Prince, Lou Singer 2:44
15. "Morning Glory" Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley 3:13
16. "Reno, Nevada" Richard Fariña 7:43


Fairport Convention[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Claire Lowther – cello


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, R. (2011). "Fairport Convention – Fairport Convention | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 448". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "FREE RICHARD THOMPSON NOW!". Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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