FAIRPORT CONVENTION `Before the Moon' (NMC Music 2002)
Recorded live in 1974 at Ebbers Field, Colorado with the line-up
of Sandy Denny (vocals), Dave Swarbrick (violin/vocals), Dave
Mattacks (drums), Dave Pegg (bass/vocals), Jerry Donahue (guitar) and
Trevor Lucas (guitar/vocals).
`Rising for the Moon' with its country tinged guitars starts disc
one of in fine style with Sandy Denny's vocals ringing clear in the
mix. You also get on disc one the epic `Sloth' with Dave Swarbrick's
vocal talents on display, the classic `Matty Groves', the Sandy Denny
solo song appropriately entitled `Solo' and the frantic
instrumental `Hen's March/Medley'.
The second disc gives you Dave Swarbrick fiddling in overdrive
on `Fiddlestix' and Swarbrick taking lead vocals on 'Heaxmanshire
Lass'. Again it is very informal with plenty of between song banter
A nicely packaged CD with a long and interesting interview with
Dave Pegg conducted by Rock Ahead's Jon Kirkman in early 2002. Only
downside is the mumbled song intros at times. A must for Fairport
fans and worth a look just to see one of the many great Fairport line-
ups in their best environment...live.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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