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Fairport Convention

Artist: Fairport Convention
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 583 035
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-06
Tracklist
A1 Time Will Show The Wiser 3:03
  Notes:

Written-By - Emitt Rhodes

A2 I Don't Know Where I Stand 3:43
  Notes:

Written-By - Joni Mitchell

A3 If (Stomp) 2:45
  Notes:

Written-By - Iain Matthews
Written-By - Richard Thompson

A4 Decameron 3:42
  Notes:

Written-By - Andrew Horvitch
Written-By - Paul Ghosh
Written-By - Richard Thompson

A5 Jack O'Diamonds 3:29
  Notes:

Written-By - Ben Carruthers
Written-By - Bob Dylan

A6 Portfolio 1:59
  Notes:

Written-By - Ashley Hutchings
Written-By - Judy Dyble

B1 Chelsea Morning 3:04
  Notes:

Written-By - Joni Mitchell

B2 Sun Shade 3:48
  Notes:

Written-By - Andrew Horvitch
Written-By - Paul Ghosh
Written-By - Richard Thompson

B3 The Lobster 4:46
  Notes:

Written-By - Ashley Hutchings
Written-By - George Painter
Written-By - Richard Thompson

B4 It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft 3:12
  Notes:

Written-By - Ashley Hutchings
Written-By - Richard Thompson

B5 One Sure Thing 2:51
  Notes:

Written-By - Harvey Brooks
Written-By - Jim Glover

B6 M1 Breakdown 1:21
  Notes:

Written-By - Ashley Hutchings
Written-By - Simon Nicol

Credits

Bass Guitar, Jug - Ashley Hutchings
Cello - Clare Lowther
Engineer - John Wood
Lead Vocals, Autoharp [Electric & Acoustic], Recorder, Piano - Judy Dyble
Lead Vocals, Jew's Harp - Iain Matthews
Percussion, Violin - Martin Lamble
Photography - Donald Silverstein
Producer - Joe Boyd
Producer - Tod Lloyd
Vocals, Electric Guitar [6 & 12 String], Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Violin - Simon Nicol
Vocals, Electric Guitar [Lead], Acoustic Guitar [Lead], Mandolin - Richard Thompson

Notes

Also released in mono (582 035)
On the label the cat.nr. appears as ''583035''.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Fairport Convention got its start in the same London underground as their more psychedelic counterparts and eventually became England's first (and finest) electric folk-rock band. Fairport too was absorbing their influences, considerably West Coast (The Byrds) with the requisite Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell covers. Their debut is a pleasant and gentle affair that showcased the talents of guitarists Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol. In particular, "Sun Shade" and "The Lobster" portend the King Crimson debut in some respects - except of course, Mellotron. Underneath the subdued recording, the compositions have more dynamics than one may expect; the guitar work is simply sublime. Judy Dyble would leave the band after the album's release. However, this seemingly innocuous event would turn quite serendipitous to the timeline. Working with Ian McDonald, she enlisted the services of Giles, Giles and Fripp, and in doing so, in fact sowed the seeds for King Crimson's rise. As for Fairport, her replacement, Sandy Denny, was previously in the Strawbs. Denny would impart significant momentum into the direction Fairport Convention would follow. Just as prog rock attempted with classical music, Fairport would take cues from traditional British music and within a few albums set a new standard for folk rock. Over the next few years, that scene would experience a musical renaissance in England, one that was certainly progressive in its own right. Along with Pentangle and Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention would enjoy a long career and international success.
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