At the very start of their career, North London’s Fairport Convention were often mistaken for being an American band. This was largely due to their penchant for doing cover versions of songs by American singer-songwriters, in particular those of Bob Dylan.
With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary since the original 12-track ‘Basement Tapes’ acetate of Dylan arrived in London, it seems the ideal time to release this 17-track CD compilation. It was from this Dylan white label that Fairport Convention got 'Million Dollar Bash' and the Fairport splinter group Fotheringay took 'Too Much of Nothing'.
Similarly, Manfred Mann scored a hit with 'The Mighty Quinn', as did Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger with 'This Wheel’s On Fire' and The Tremeloes with 'I Shall Be Released'.
Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British Folk scene. Over the years they have enjoyed a shifting line-up, which has helped to launch the successful solo careers of founder members Richard Thompson, Judy Dyble, Ashely Hutchings and Simon Nicol and subsequently the careers of Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg.
Since 1979 the band have been hosting their very own yearly festival, Cropredy, the annual highlight of which is the Saturday night headlining performance by the current incarnation of Fairport Convention plus past members and guests.
1 Fairport Convention - Si Tu Dois Partir
2 Fairport Convention - Jack O’Diamonds
3 Fairport Convention - Lay Down Your Weary Tune
4 Fairport Convention - Dear Landlord
5 Fairport Convention - Open The Door Richard
6 Fairport Convention - I’ll Keep It With Mine
7 Fairport Convention - Percy’s Song
8 Fairport Convention - Ballad Of Easy Rider
9 Fairport Convention - George Jackson
10 Sandy Denny - It Ain’t Me Babe
11 Sandy Denny - Tomorrow Is A Long Time
12 Fairport Convention - Down In The Flood
13 Fairport Convention - Days Of 49
14 Fairport Convention - All Along The Watchtower
15 Fotheringay - Too Much Of Nothing
16 Fairport Convention - Million Dollar Bash
17 Fairport Convention - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
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