(2017) Come All Ye - The First Ten Years (1968 To 1978)

Fairport Convention

... read moreCome All Ye: The First Ten Years is a curious selection for a mammoth box set to commemorate the 5Oth anniversary of Fairport Convention, the British folk-rock act who changed everything. It's huge, with seven discs that house 121 tracks and nine hours of music; what's more, 55 of these selections...

07:44′:51″ 105 Songs

Disk 1

1
Fairport Convention
Time Will Show The Wiser
3:07
2
Fairport Convention
Decameron
3:46
3
Fairport Convention
Jack O' Diamonds
3:31
4
Fairport Convention
One Sure Thing
2:57
5
Fairport Convention
I Don't Know Where I Stand (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1968)
3:36
6
Fairport Convention
You Never Wanted Me (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1968)
3:15
7
Fairport Convention
Fotheringay
3:03
8
Fairport Convention
I'll Keep It With Mine
5:50
9
Fairport Convention
Mr. Lacey (Sandy Solo Vocal Version)
2:57
10
Fairport Convention
Eastern Rain (Sandy Solo Vocal Version)
3:48
11
Fairport Convention
Nottamun Town (A Cappella)
1:48
12
Fairport Convention
Meet On The Ledge
2:49
13
Fairport Convention
Throwaway Street Puzzle
3:28
14
Fairport Convention
Reno Nevada (Live On 'David Symonds' Radio Show', 1969)
2:23
15
Fairport Convention
Suzanne (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1968)
5:25
16
Fairport Convention
A Sailors Life (Version Without Swarb)
11:22
17
Fairport Convention
Genesis Hall
3:41
18
Fairport Convention
Autopsy (Alternate Take)
4:35
19
Fairport Convention
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Alternate Take)
5:18

Disk 2

2
Fairport Convention
Si Tu Dois Partir (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1969)
2:25
3
Fairport Convention
Percy's Song (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1969)
5:25
4
Fairport Convention
The Ballad Of Easy Rider
4:56
5
Fairport Convention
The Deserter (Rehearsal Version)
4:40
6
Fairport Convention
Come All Ye (Take 1)
5:27
7
Fairport Convention
Reynardine
4:33
8
Fairport Convention
Matty Groves (Take 1)
7:46
9
Fairport Convention
Farewell, Farewell
2:38
10
Fairport Convention
Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood (Take 1)
6:42
11
Fairport Convention
Tam Lin (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1969)
7:46
12
Fairport Convention
Sir Patrick Spens (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1969)
3:44
13
Fairport Convention
The Lark In The Morning Medley (Live On 'John Peel's Top Gear', 1969)
4:12
14
Fairport Convention
Bonny Bunch Of Roses
10:45

Disk 3

3
Fairport Convention
Sloth (Live On 'Pop Deux', 1970)
12:18
6
Fairport Convention
Flatback Caper (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1970)
5:56
7
Fairport Convention
Doctor Of Physick (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1970)
3:50
8
Fairport Convention
Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman
5:28
9
Fairport Convention
The Bonny Black Hare (Alternate Take)
3:08
10
Fairport Convention
Lord Marlborough
3:21
11
Fairport Convention
Banks Of The Sweet Primroses
4:06
12
Fairport Convention
Breakfast In Mayfair
3:06

Disk 4

1
Fairport Convention
Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1970)
3:55
2
Fairport Convention
That'll Be The Day
2:00
3
Fairport Convention
Think It Over
2:33
4
Fairport Convention
Maverick Child
4:03
5
Fairport Convention
Sad Song Aka As Long As It Is Mine
5:06
6
Fairport Convention
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John (Manor Studio Version)
3:05
7
Fairport Convention
Rattle Trap
2:05
8
Fairport Convention
Sheep In The Meadow
4:07
9
Fairport Convention
Rosie (David Rea Vocal Version)
6:34
10
Fairport Convention
Country Judy Jane
2:33
11
Fairport Convention
Me With You (Manor Studio Version)
3:23
12
Fairport Convention
My Girl (Manor Studio Version)
4:05
13
Fairport Convention
To Althea From Prison (Manor Studio Version)
2:23
14
Fairport Convention
Knights Of The Road
3:56
15
Fairport Convention
The Plainsman
3:20
18
Fairport Convention
Polly On The Shore
4:56
19
Fairport Convention
Fiddlestix (The Devil In The Kitchen) (Without Orchestra)
2:49
20
Fairport Convention
Possibly Parsons Green (Australian 7” Version)
3:42
21
Fairport Convention
Bring 'Em Down
5:56

Disk 5

1
Fairport Convention
Sloth (Live At Sydney Opera House, 1974)
11:33
2
Fairport Convention
John The Gun (Live On 'The John Peel Radio Show', 1974)
5:03
3
Fairport Convention
Down In The Flood (Live On 'The John Peel Radio Show', 1974)
3:27
4
Fairport Convention
Rising For The Moon (Live On 'The John Peel Radio Show', 1974)
4:16
5
Fairport Convention
After Halloween (Byfield Home Demo)
2:59
6
Fairport Convention
Restless
4:00
7
Fairport Convention
White Dress (Live On 'The London Weekend Show', 1975)
3:24
8
Fairport Convention
Stranger To Himself
2:52
9
Fairport Convention
Dawn (Alternate Version)
4:11
10
Fairport Convention
One More Chance (Alternate Version)
7:52
12
Fairport Convention
When First Into This Country
2:30
13
Fairport Convention
Sandy's Song
3:37
16
Fairport Convention
Reynard The Fox
2:59
17
Fairport Convention
Poor Ditching Boy (Live On 'In Concert' Stv, 1977)
3:41
18
Fairport Convention
Flowers Of The Forest (Live On 'In Concert' Stv, 1977)
3:55

Disk 6

1
Fairport Convention
Polly On The Shore (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
5:12
2
Fairport Convention
Furs And Feathers (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
5:11
3
Fairport Convention
Tokyo (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:03
4
Fairport Convention
Cell Song (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
4:59
5
Fairport Convention
The Claw (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:01
6
Fairport Convention
Far From Me (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:47
7
Fairport Convention
Brilliancy Medley / Cherokee Shuffle (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
4:09
8
Fairport Convention
Days Of 49 (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
6:20
9
Fairport Convention
Fiddlestix (The Devil In The Kitchen) (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:07
10
Fairport Convention
Dirty Linen (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
4:32
11
Fairport Convention
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
6:32
12
Fairport Convention
Possibly Parsons Green (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:39
13
Fairport Convention
Sir B. Mckenzie (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
6:22
14
Fairport Convention
Down In The Flood (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:45
15
Fairport Convention
Something You’Ve Got (Live At Fairfield Halls, 1973)
3:00

Disk 7

1
Fairport Convention
Down In The Flood (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
3:17
2
Fairport Convention
Ballad Of Ned Kelly (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
3:59
3
Fairport Convention
Solo (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
5:40
4
Fairport Convention
It'll Take A Long Time (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
5:35
5
Fairport Convention
She Moves Through The Fair (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
4:13
6
Fairport Convention
The Hens March Through The Midden & The Four Poster Bed (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
3:20
7
Fairport Convention
The Hexamshire Lass (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
2:44
8
Fairport Convention
Knocking On Heaven's Door (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
4:33
9
Fairport Convention
Six Days On The Road (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
3:50
10
Fairport Convention
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
4:19
11
Fairport Convention
John The Gun (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
5:10
12
Fairport Convention
Down Where The Drunkards Roll (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
4:23
13
Fairport Convention
Crazy Lady Blues (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
4:02
14
Fairport Convention
Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
6:55
15
Fairport Convention
Matty Groves (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
7:06
16
Fairport Convention
That'll Be The Day (Live At The L.A. Troubadour, 1974)
3:25
Released 30 June 2017, This Compilation ℗ 2017 UMC, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.

Review

Come All Ye: The First Ten Years is a curious selection for a mammoth box set to commemorate the 5Oth anniversary of Fairport Convention, the British folk-rock act who changed everything. It's huge, with seven discs that house 121 tracks and nine hours of music; what's more, 55 of these selections are previously unreleased. That last fact should be enough to grab the faithful by the throat and get them to the shop and plunk down their hard-earned dosh. This box was compiled and produced by none other than Andrew Batt, the man with the fussy ear who helmed Sandy Denny's beloved collection I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny (bring it back into print, man!), and the glorious deluxe edition of Fairport's Rising for the Moon. The box includes healthy selections from the band's first 13 studio albums through 1978's Tippler's Tales (nothing from The Bonny Bunch of Roses though); but none are in their entirety. The bulk contains outtakes, alternates, BBC sessions, live material (like a killer "Sweet Little Rock 'n Roller" from the Troubadour in 1970, or "All Along the Watchtower" from 1975 in Norway), rarities. etc. Some of these appeared with less-than-optimal sonics on the 2010 Sandy Denny box set, or as bonus tracks on various album reissues (again without this level of audio quality). One example of the treasure to be found within is on disc seven where Denny delivers a harrowing live version of "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" weeks before it appeared on Richard & Linda Thompson's I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. Disc three contains a television performance of songs from the film The Man They Couldn't Hang that are more ragged and more expressive than the ones that appeared on the "Babbacombe" Lee album. Disc four holds unreleased tracks from an unreleased album that included Canadian David Rhea. Another Denny gem, the original version of "After Halloween" is far superior to the officially released one. The final two discs contain full concert recordings. Number six is live from Fairfield Hall in December 1973 and offers a version of the traditional "Days of 49" followed by a burning "Fiddlestix." Disc number seven was cut in the U.S. at L.A.'s Troubadour in 1974. Opening with Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood," it flows through Trevor Lucas' "Ballad of Ned Kelly" "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and Denny's classic "Who Knows Where the Time Goes." That show, and the box, end with the unlikely rave-up of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day." There are dozens upon dozens of selections punters can argue over. What it all amounts to is that in part or in its entirety, Come All Ye: The First Ten Years is essential listening. For fans, all of this is necessary, for the curious, start with the studio offerings (there are two fine offerings entitled Five Classic Albums, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) or the double-disc Gold from 2008. ~ Thom Jurek