FAIRPORT CONVENTION - WORCESTER 1974

June 28, 2012 – 6:26 am

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Worcester 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Clark University, Worcester, MA; April 27, 1974. Very good to excellent soundboard. Transferred by Rob Berger.

Fairport Convention’s seminal album, Liege & Lief (1969) is generally considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. - wikipedia

This is what guitarist Simon Nicol wrote about the making of the album:

The rehearsal and recording of Liege & Lief was a fantastically productive period for us. As well as getting all the material together, we had to incorporate Dave Swarbrick and Dave Mattacks into the band. Dave Mattacks had to invent an entirely new way of playing the drums. It wasn’t a case of learning what Martin Lamble had been doing and developing that: DM was doing a completely new thing. He was a Mecca ballroom boy, very disciplined, a lot of traditional technique, a very different kind of drummer to Martin who was more intuitive, more shoot-from-the-hip.

Swarb was not only older than us, he was already a star. He’d already worked with us in the studio, of course but suddenly there he was, a fully-fledged member of our fold having broken up a hugely successful partnership with Martin Carthy to throw his lot in with Fairport Convention. He loved it! We all spent that summer together at a house in Farley Chamberlayne, near Winchester. It was a lovely atmosphere, we found ourselves able to put aside the memories of the crash and the injuries and the loss. When we re-emerged, there was a natural groundswell of sympathy towards us. The launch gig at the Royal Festival Hall got good notices and the album was very well received.

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While Richard Thompson had long left the group in 1971 and Sandy Denny passed away in 1978, Fairport Convention continue to function as a working group. And as for this 1974 gig at Worcester, this is the comment posted at bootlegzone: “A bit of hiss but still a good listen with an absolutely blistering performance of Sloth.”

Thanks to Rob Berger for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs.

The artwork was posted at Pink Robert - Thanks!

source: sbd 1st gen cassette
taperchuck’s copy
lineage: sbd (pre fm) > reel master > cassette, no nr
nak dragon > hd-p2 24/96 compact flash >
pc > cd wave > adobe audition 2.0 > flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (47:24)
Track 101. Matty Groves (13.3MB)
Track 102. Sloth (20.5MB)
Track 103. It’ll Take A Long Long Time (10.6MB)
Track 104. Hens March (2.8MB)
Track 105. 4 Poster Bed (3.1MB)
Track 106. Bring ‘Em Down (19.3MB)
Track 107. Tokyo (6.0MB)

Disc 2 (39:53)
Track 201. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (9.0M)
Track 202. Solo (9.2MB)
Track 203. Rosie (7.9MB)
Track 204. Ballad Of Ned Kelly (7.8MB)
Track 205. Dirty Linen (7.0MB)
Track 206. Something You Got (4.4MB)
Track 207. John The Gun (8.7MB)
Track 208. Sir B McKenzie (9.6MB)

Lineup:
Sandy Denny
Jerry Donohue
Trevor Lucas
Dave Mattacks
Dave Pegg
Dave Swarbrick

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  1. 21 Responses to “FAIRPORT CONVENTION - WORCESTER 1974”

  2. Great Thanks for this Share!

    By Udo on Jun 28, 2012

  3. This one really hits the spot for me. I’ve been staying in mostly in extreme heat and yesterday somehow stated listening to some Fairport stuff.Anyway great stuff Please more from Fairport if there is any and Richard and Linda as well. Thanks bigO!!! Phil

    By Phil Winans on Jun 28, 2012

  4. can never have enough english folk. especially the cantebury material. sandys voice is a joy. i collect all i can get with her on it. i never got to see her live but im so glad i got to see richard a number of times.

    on another note…
    there was a tour with richard david lindley and steve morse a little over 20 yrs ago only in europe. maybe 88 or 89. it was all acoustic. never came to the usa. i had this on audio tape. i no longer have this recording. none of these shows were recorded via the sbd but there were some very nice audience tapes made. id love to hear one of those shows again.

    By darth on Jun 28, 2012

  5. Grand elusive demanding justice.

    By Timmy on Jun 28, 2012

  6. FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THIS SORT OF THING
    http://dirtyfunky.blogspot.ca/2012/02/fairport-convention-house-full-live-us.html

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 29, 2012

  7. MORE OF THE SAME
    http://dirtyfunky.blogspot.ca/2012/05/fairport-convention-selftitled-1st-uk.html

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 29, 2012

  8. Very nice. Thanks for sharing!!

    By DanC on Jun 29, 2012

  9. YER WELCOME.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 29, 2012

  10. This is great, thanks Big O. If anyone is interested there’s some official free mp3s on their website http://www.fairportconvention.com/downloads.php

    By grumgjv on Jun 29, 2012

  11. i found 11 songs on their site to dl. i think thats all there were. correct? thank u for that.
    i wonder which cropredy fest those particular tracks are from. i wonder if theyre from the most recent one. it adds up to 55mins.
    one of the songs does have a tag that says its from an album called ‘the mill’ and another song has a tag that says its from 2004. this one is also the 2nd song from that particular show. none of the other tracks have any other information in their tags other than that they are live. i dont think its safe to assume they are all from 04.

    By darth on Jun 30, 2012

  12. I don’t know if the tracks are from any particular year/gig and, yep, 11 so far. This quote is from the website.
    ‘Everybody loves a freebie! And that’s why, as a special ‘thank you’ to you, our loyal Fairporters, every week between now and this year’s Cropredy Festival, we’ll be giving away a rare Fairport track absolutely FREE!!

    That’s right, each week we will be giving away a track from our extensive live musical archive. We may even add the odd demo or two for you to see how the songs started life! There have been over 11,000 FREE downloads to date!!’

    I also think they mean 11,000 mb rather than downloads. If they do mean the latter, wow! I’ve missed a ton of them! The tracks go up on a Friday and the Cropredy Fest is 9-12 Aug, so a few more to go yet.

    By grumgjv on Jun 30, 2012

  13. BABBACOMBE LEE

    http://www.mediafire.com/?ri7l7otrl1r44z6

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 30, 2012

  14. BBC LIVE FAIRPORT BOX
    http://killingmoonmusic.blogspot.ca/2011/03/fairport-convention-live-at-bbc-2007.html

    SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS I DON`T SEE WELL AND USE A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO SEE AND READ TOO BAD IT SEEMS TO BOTHER PEOPLE BUT I CAN`T DO IT ANY OTHER WAY

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 30, 2012

  15. DROPKICK SARGE, HAVE YOU TRIED A FULL PAGE MAGNIFYING SHEET OVER YOUR SCREEN? IT MIGHT HELP SOME. JUST A SUGGESTION.

    By 4yrsnojob on Jul 1, 2012

  16. I DIDN`T KNOW THERE WAS SUCH A THING THANKS FOR THE IDEA.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 1, 2012

  17. Sorry to say the BBC box set links are dead, it was linked to Mega.

    By narrow dog on Jul 3, 2012

  18. oh and btw.. another track…

    http://www.robertplant.com/multimedia/in-concert/?pid=1

    By darth on Jul 3, 2012

  19. Faces Drummer Keen to Reunite With Rod Stewart After All

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-faces-drummer-is-keen-to-reunite-with-rod-stewart-after-all-20140109?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    By darth on Jan 10, 2014

  20. hey darth, do you post items about big o on rolling stone?
    Ever occur to you that we can all access that site as well?
    Why do you continue to be such a jerk?

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 10, 2014

  21. darth got his stomach pumped after a lengthy green room session with Rod Stewart.

    By Working the Green Room on Jan 10, 2014

  22. bigo doesnt have news items that would interest rolling stone readers. where as the reverse is true.
    what u can access isnt the point here. that u could find the story that i am linking u to is. just as people announce deaths here. u dont seem to object to anyone elses posts cept mine. isnt that ironic and hypocritical? funny thing about that isnt it? as for continuing to be a jerk.. i think u would be in a better position to explain why about u feel that need than me. i dont type things to or about u.. u sit there commenting on things i post. u cant help yourself. the only time i post towards u is in response to things u say to / about me. dont u see a difference there? i dont know why i even ask u this. im sure u dont.

    By darth on Jan 10, 2014

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