In the members and their families had moved into The Angel, a former pub in Hertfordshire and this inspired the next album Angel Delight the band's first to chart in the US, peaking at number on the Billboard and their only top ten album in the UK. The concept format, originally without clear tracks, excited considerable press interest and it received good air play in the United States where it reached number Only Pegg and Swarbrick remained and the following few years have been dubbed 'Fairport confusion' as a bewildering sequence of band members came and went, but by Mattacks had returned and two former members of Sandy Denny's Fotheringay had joined the band, Denny's Australian husband Trevor Lucas on vocals and guitar and American Jerry Donahue on lead guitar.
The last of these contained writing contributions by Lucas to five of the nine tracks, which together with Donahue's country influences and outstanding guitar pyrotechnics gave the album a very distinctive feel. Denny rejoined the band in and there were considerable expectations, both artistic and commercial, placed on this line-up. Denny was featured on the album Rising for the Moon , which became the band's highest US chart album when it reached number on the Billboard and the first album to reach the top one-hundred in the UK since Angel Delight, reaching no Poor UK sales for Rising did not aid morale and, despite the relative success of the line-up, Lucas and Donahue left the band, as did Denny in She died aged 31, in , of a cerebral haemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs.
Rowland, Pegg, and Swarbrick fulfilled their remaining contractual obligations to Island Records by turning what had originally been a Swarbrick solo effort into the album Gottle O'Geer under the name 'Fairport' as opposed to Fairport Convention in the UK, and as 'Fairport featuring Dave Swarbrick' in the US, and with various session players and production by Simon Nicol, who subsequently rejoined the band.
They then signed with Vertigo, but record sales continued to decline and after producing two of four contracted albums, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tipplers Tales , Vertigo bought them out of their contract. It is claimed by members of the band that this was the only recording money they had seen up to that point.
By the mainstream market for folk rock had largely disappeared, the band had no record deal, and Dave Swarbrick had been diagnosed with tinnitus , which made loud electric gigs increasingly difficult. Fairport decided to disband. They played a farewell tour and a final outdoor concert on 4 August in Cropredy , the Oxfordshire village where Dave and Christine Pegg lived. The finality of this occasion was mitigated by the announcement that the band would meet for a reunion. No record company wanted to release the live recordings of the tour and concert, so the Peggs founded Woodworm Records , which would be the major outlet for the band in the future.
Members continued to take part in occasional gigs, particularly in festivals in continental Europe, and after a year they staged a reunion concert in Cropredy which became the annual Cropredy Festival. Over the next few years, it grew rapidly and emerged as the major mechanism for sustaining the band.
In August , the band held their annual reunion concert at Broughton Castle , rather than the usual Cropredy location. The Peggs continued to record and release the Cropredy concerts as 'official bootlegs'.
The remaining members pursued their own lives and careers outside of the band. Nicol, Pegg, and Mattacks had recorded and toured with Richard and Linda Thompson at times in the s, and did so again during this period, culminating in their appearance on the Shoot Out the Lights album and tour in Bruce Rowlands gave up the music business and moved to Denmark and as a result Dave Mattacks returned as drummer for Fairport's occasional gigs.
Set Me Up is a too catchy, straightforward rock song without much Folk in it apart from a violin break. Certainly nothing progressive about these numbers. The inclusion of instrumentals like these is a major factor in making this album exciting and varied throughout. It makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Whether it also legitimates this band's position in the Prog related category is another matter, and one I leave for others to decide for themselves.
Just don't expect this to be an out an out Prog album, it certainly isn't. But I like it! Location: In your mind. A little sidetrack before we get to Gladys' Leap. An almost perfect album to me and one of the few that even non Thompson fans actually like. I think that Richard came a loooong way from Henry The Fly. Chemically altered , Apr 20, Walter Sobchak , Apr 20, Chemically altered , Alan2 , jomo48 and 1 other person like this.
Last edited: Apr 20, Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I love the album "Shoot Out the Lights" I don't understand why Richard didn't credit him at the time Location: wales. Lots of good stuff there too. Quite a few participants have, like yourself, contributed to both. It petered out with a forlorn attempt to get a discussion going on Over The Next Hill. Hope this one manages to go the distance!
He's in fine form on the traditional "Nottamun Town" the melody of which Bob Dylan nicked for his "Masters of War" , taped at the Cropredy Festival in England which Fairport play annually , but most lead vocals come courtesy of other, less distinctive Fairport members. All of this is not to say The Classic Collection is a bomb. It's actually quite listenable, at times rather enjoyable, stocked with impeccable musicianship, memorable performances, and ace songcraft. The recent performances, of both new and older material, prove Fairport to be a hardy breed save perhaps for their misjudgment in covering the always execrable "From a Distance".