FAIRPORT CONVENTION – ” Come All Ye: The First Ten Years ” Seven CD Box Set

Posted: December 28, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Universal Records will issue a seven-CD Fairport Convention box set in July that features ‘key album tracks’, non-album singles, radio sessions and previously unreleased live recordings from all of the classic line-ups

This collection celebrates Fairport’s first 10 years, beginning with their eponymous debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their two albums for Vertigo, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tippers Tales.

Out of the 121 tracks included almost half (55 to be exact) are previously unreleased, including alternate takes, live recordings, single mixes and TV performances and the like. As well as the aforementioned album tracks, box highlights include single B-sides, BBC Radio Sessions, five songs from the French TV programme, ‘Pop 2’ (December 1970), five songs from the Television show, ‘The Man They Couldn’t Hang’ (1971) and the audio for an entire concert at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon (December 16th 1973) and more.

Completists may scoff at this not including every last note that the seminal English folk-rock group from recorded during the first decade of its existence, but what is compiled on this seven-CD set is a near-perfect overview of what Fairport Convention has been doing for 50 years. The cream of the collection is previously unreleased live material and radio sessions where guitarists Simon Nicol and Richard Thompson were able to stretch out and show off their copious abilities. The box is also a testament to how sturdy the group’s sound has been as it endured various personnel changes through even its earliest incarnations.

Sleeves notes for this release come courtesy of writer Patrick Humphries. Come All Ye: The First Ten Years will be released on 28th July 2017.

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