Tipplers Tales

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Tipplers Tales
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Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released May 1978
Recorded February 1978
Studio Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire.
Genre Folk rock
Length 36:26
Label Vertigo 9102022
Producer Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention chronology
The Bonny Bunch of Roses
(1977)
Tipplers Tales
(1978)
Farewell Farewell
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Tipplers Tales is the 13th studio album by Fairport Convention, released in 1978; recorded in only ten days,[2] it was the last album the band recorded for Vertigo. Simon Nicol later wrote

"We secured a deal with Vertigo, the one that ended up with them paying us not to make records. It seemed a novelty, like that Marx Brothers line: "How much for you NOT to rehearse?" "Oh, you can't afford it." We did Bonny Bunch and Tipplers Tales then didn't make the other four contracted albums" [3]

Dave Pegg later said

"It wasn't a great deal of money. It was about £30,000. It was the first time we had ever made money out of music. We got like £7,000 each. It was more money than we'd ever had in our lives. This was back in '78 and it enabled us to split up."[2]

Tipplers Tales was described by Allmusic as "not a concept album, even though alcohol is a recurrent motif in many of the traditional numbers",[4] but nonetheless "doing what the band members do best – taking some fine old traditional English jigs, reels, and traditional narratives and putting their own distinctive folk-rock stamp on them".[4] Following the release of Tippler's Tales, Fairport Convention did not record for the following seven years until the Gladys' Leap album in 1985.[4][5]

Several of the traditional folk songs had previously been recorded by A. L. Lloyd accompanied by Dave Swarbrick. The version of "John Barleycorn" here is close to the version recorded by Traffic, as Steve Winwood had been taught the song by The Watersons.[6] The tune is based on "Wir Pflügen" by Johann Schultz, better known as "We Plough the Fields and Scatter", an old English harvest festival hymn.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks credited as "Traditional" unless otherwise stated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Ye Mariners All" (including "Bottom of the Punch Bowl" / "East Nuke of Fyfe")[7] – 4:29
  2. "Three Drunken Maidens"[8] – 2:46
  3. "Jack O'Rion" (Including "Turnabout" / "Tiree" / "Miss Stevenson's" / "Do It Again" / "March of the Last" / "Turnabout") – 11:04[9][10]

Side two[edit]

  1. "Reynard the Fox" – 3:02
  2. "Lady of Pleasure" (Allan Taylor) – 2:34
  3. "Bankruptured" (Dave Pegg) – 1:55
  4. "The Widow of Westmorland" – 3:23[11]
  5. "The Hair of the Dogma" (Dave Pegg) – 1:48
  6. "As Bitme" (Dave Pegg, Bruce Rowland) – 1:40
  7. "John Barleycorn" – 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Fairport Convention[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Barry Hammond – engineer

Release history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Innerviews: Fairport Convention – Come All Ye – Dave Pegg". www.innerviews.org. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "History: Simon Nicol writes about Fairport – Fairport Convention's official website". www.fairportconvention.com. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Tippler's Tales – Overview". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  5. ^ [Tipplers Tales at AllMusic "Fairport Convention – Discography – Main Albums"] Check |url= value (help). www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "John Barleycorn". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Collected in 1907 and previously recorded separately by A. L. Lloyd and Martin Carthy "Ye Mar'ners All". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  8. ^ An ancient song, over 200 years old when recorded by A. L. Lloyd "The Drunken Maidens". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  9. ^ The main track is a version of the Child Ballad "Glasgerion" "The Child Ballad Collection". members.chello.nl. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  10. ^ A previous version by A. L. Lloyd had featured Dave Swarbrick's violin-playing."Jack Orion". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  11. ^ Another prior collaboration between Lloyd and Swarbrick. Lloyd suggested in his sleevenotes that Francis Child refused to include this song in his collection due to its bawdiness."The Widow of Westmoreland's Daughter". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Fairport Convention: The Bonny Bunch of Roses". www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de. Retrieved 18 November 2009.