Album no. 170/1001
This is the fourth Fairport convention album, and the first without any contemporary covers on it. Instead, it’s all traditional folk songs or stuff the band penned themselves. Hmmmmmmm.
This album is among the first to bring English electric folk (not to be confused with American folk) to the mainstream. It did pretty well commercially, getting to 17 on the UK album charts. Some would say that’s a lot higher than a lot of more deserving albums, but who are we to judge?
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: Oh look. It’s our old mates. Again. Considering I’d never even heard of them until that last album, no I haven’t heard this.
NK: Definitely not.
CL: I am going to pick one that I actually remember and say ‘Matty Groves’.
NK: Is that because it’s got the lyric about the naked man in it? My pick is ‘The Lark in the Morning, Rakis’. Not saying I enjoyed it as such, but it stood out. Pretty sure it’s the first fiddle-led jam we’ve heard so far. I struggled to pick winners out of this.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: If you can’t afford to fly to Ireland and see a traditional fiddle and tin whistle band, this album is the next best thing.
NK: If you want to get reeeeeeeal folky. This album will properly folk you up.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I don’t know. Maybe it upped sales of fiddles and tin whistles for the first time in a century?
NK: This is meant to have set the tone for English/electric folk going forward, and you know what, you can sort of hear it. Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale are likely candidates for the impressionable youth in this situation.
Will you be listening again?
CL: Yeah I think probably not hey.
NK: That’s a no. Didn’t love it, nothing jumped out, I can definitely see the influence but this is not for me.