Red & Gold

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Red & Gold
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Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released December 1988
Recorded September to November 1988 at Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire
Genre folk rock
Label Rough Trade
Producer Simon Nicol
Fairport Convention chronology
In Real Time: Live '87
(1987)
Red & Gold
(1988)
The Five Seasons
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Red & Gold is a 1988 album by folk rock band Fairport Convention.

The album was released on the Rough Trade label, leading David Fricke, Rolling Stone's reviewer to comment

"Britain's oldest surviving folk-rock band allied to the archetypal indie punk record label! Even for Fairport Convention, which has defied time, tide and trauma in its pursuit of the electric folk dream, that's pushing it." [2]

The title track was written by Ralph McTell, and tells the story of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, which occurred in 1644 during the English Civil War. The location has strong links with Fairport Convention, being the venue of their annual music festival; the story is told from the perspective of a farm worker, Will Timms, who describes "red and gold" as "royal colours", while the red itself represents the spilled blood of combatants and the gold the wheat fields in which the battle took place.[citation needed]

The album entered the UK album chart on 28 January 1989, spending one week at No. 74.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Set Me Up" (Dave Whetstone) - 4:23
  2. "The Noise Club" (Maartin Allcock) - 3:12
  3. "Red and Gold" (Ralph McTell) - 6:44
  4. "The Beggar's Song" (Trad. arr. Allcock) - 3:33
  5. "The Battle" (Ric Sanders) - 1:09
  6. "Dark Eyed Molly" (Archie Fisher) - 4:34
  7. "The Rose Hip" (Sanders) - 4:24
  8. "London River" (Rod Shearman) - 2:59
  9. "Summer Before the War" (Huw Williams) - 4:33
  10. "Open the Door Richard" (Bob Dylan) - 4:57[4]
Bonus track on 1995 rerelease
  1. "Close to the Wind" (live) (Marson) - 6:09

Release history[edit]

  • 1988, December : New Routes RUE 002 UK LP[5]
  • 1989, January : New Routes RUE CD 002 UK CD
  • 1989 : Rough Trade ROUGH US 63 US LP & CD
  • 1989 : Accord 104481 France LP & cassette/104482 CD
  • 1989 : Possum VPL 1-6812 Australia LP & Cassette
  • 1991, December : Woodworm Records WRC 018 UK Cassette & CD
  • 1995, November : HTD Records HTD CD 47 UK CD
  • 1996 : Scana STAR 2002-2 Sweden, CD
  • 2000, January : Transatlantic TRACD 333 UK CD (Export Only)
  • 2001, June : Talking Elephant TECD 014
  • 2002, July : Castle Music America 06076 81177-2 US CD

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Tim Matyear - engineer
  • Rob Braviner & Mark Tucker - engineering
  • John Dent - mastering
  • Mike Dolan - mixing
  • David Gleeson & Spencer Richards - artwork
  • Malcolm Holmes - booklet design
  • Dawn Robertson & John Woodward - cover photography

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Foss, Richard. "Fairport Convention : Red & Gold > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Fricke, David (1989). "Red & Gold : Fairport Convention". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ UK Chart Stats
  4. ^ This Dylan song from The Basement Tapes took its title from a song which had been a major hit in 1947 for Jack McVea.
  5. ^ "Expletive-Delighted - The Fairport Convention Discography Website Sponsored by Musikfolk Limited (www.musikfolk.com)". www.fcfansite.fsnet.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Red & Gold > Credits )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 

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