Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief Deluxe Edition

Come all ye punters… again

Liege & Lief Deluxe Edition

It was inevitable that something
special would emerge from the six
individuals who made up Fairport’s
1969 line-up. Indeed, Liege & Lief
immediately became the group’s
definitive statement of traditional
folk electrified, selling steadily for
decades. All eight tracks
complemented each other, with
the rousing Come All Ye and the
dance tunes balancing the
extended tales of Matty Groves
and Tam Lin.

Universal have issued this
deluxe set in time for Fairport’s
40th anniversary, delving into their
recently acquired BBC archives.
We get the original album on Disc
One, and 10 outtakes and BBC
recordings on Disc Two. Any fan
will have Sir Patrick Spens, Quiet
Joys Of Brotherhood, and Fairport’s
last nod to their West Coast
influences with The Byrds’ Ballad
Of Easy Rider. The Sept ’69 Peel
sessions tracks have recently
appeared on the Live At The BBC
set. We get another run at
Brotherhood, with its restrained,
droning track, and a quirky off-thecuff
instrumental take of Fly Me To
The Moon to round things off, all
newly and attractively packaged by
the wonderful Phil Smee.

In its original form this is a fivestar
album and essential for new
converts, but one wonders how
many existing fans will buy it again.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Island/Universal | 530 111-1 (2-CD)

Reviewed by Kingsley Abbott
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