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An enduring British folk-rock classic

Advantages: Good balanced set of serious and fun contemporary folk songs
Disadvantages: A slightly acquired taste, especially one 11-minute track

Fairport Convention Formed in 1967 and with an ever-changing line-up to the present day, Fairport Convention are generally considered the first and foremost British folk-rock outfit. ‘Unhalfbricking’, their third album, first released in July 1969 ...

JOHNV 17.07.2012 · Read full review
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Folk Rocks!

Advantages: The first and probably the best folk rock album
Disadvantages: The line-up never recorded together again

Fairport Convention’s groundbreaking 1970 album “Liege and Lief” is not just a seminal album it can be argued to have launched the whole concept of folk-rock. It is above all still a hugely enjoyable and relevant work which as a listener I return to time ...

JoePoirot 11.08.2004 · Read full review
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Dry the River - Not quite in my heart

Advantages: Some clever and good quality rock
Disadvantages: Just not as good as the last album

After seeing London band Dry the River live at the Dot to Dot festival in Manchester a couple of years ago, we have grown to love their first album 2012’s Shallow Bed. This was a concept album about a young couple confronting the odds of religious preju ...

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Give Me a Sad Song

Advantages: Re issues of old tracks
Disadvantages: defiantly unhip

This curio of an album charts Linda Thompson's early career. From the early seventies we hear her tackling songs by Leonard Cohen and James Taylor, as well as a couple of tracks from an aborted musical by her then husband Richard Thompson. Her strong, pla ...

pisanio2005 19.04.2005 · Read full review
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Richard the downbeat

Advantages: Songs well up to standard
Disadvantages: Unadventurous instrumentation

This double album, one half electric ('voltage enhanced') and one half acoustic ('nude'), is a return to the more downbeat, brooding mood that characterised "Shoot Out The Lights", the last album Richard made with his soon to be ex-wife Linda 14 years ear ...

JOHNV 27.08.2000 · Read full review
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