March 19, 2014 – 1:40 pm

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Evanston 1975 [no label, 3CD]

Live at The Amazing Grace, Evanston, IL; September 5, 1975. Very good soundboard.

Singer-songwriter Sandy Denny was with Fairport Convention from 1968 to 1969. She returned to the group in 1974 and left at the end of 1975. Denny died of a traumatic mid-brain haemorrhage in 1978. She was 31.

Thanks to davmar77 who shared this at Dime in January 2010; and to JerryRocks who shared it at Lossless Legs.

davmar77 noted:

I went down to the vaults and dug out my 23-year-old tapes of Fairport Convention recorded in September of 1975. These shows took place at The Amazing Grace in Evanston, IL, during the time that Sandy Denny had rejoined the group. From what I can tell, the previous upload of the early show was taken from a rebroadcast with songs from both shows. Also, my copy is complete. At one point during the earlier version, you can hear the intro of a song that does not follow. My tapes are from SB recordings made at both shows. The quality of the first set is pretty close but my version of the late show sounds more natural and far less processed. I think you will all think of these as upgrades.

Kinksman recalled:

I was at this show, not sure if it was the early or late show. The band was quite buzzed, I shared some of my bottle of wine with Sandy during the show (she asked if there was any ACID in it before she drank some) - quite a thrill for a young man of 18. I remember Dave Pegg tripping on (accidently) and then stomping on (purposely) a mandolin and commenting that at an earlier time this would have resulted in a breakup of the band. A wonderful, intimate venue, too bad there is nothing like it in this area any longer. (A stunning lineup of one of my all time favorite bands.)

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Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. Rising For The Moon 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 102. Tam Lin 8:32 (14.3MB)
Track 103. The Hexamshire Lass 2:58 (5.0MB)
Track 104. One More Chance 9:11 (15.4MB)
Track 105. Brillancy Medley 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 106. Cherokee Shuffle 2:10 (3.6MB)
Track 107. Down In The Flood 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 108. Sloth 17:57 (30.1MB)
Track 109. Iron Lion 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 110. Sir B Mackenzie 7:25 (12.5MB)
Track 111. Pick Me Up 5:20 (9.0MB)
72 mins

Disc 2 (Late Show)
Track 201. Dirty Linen 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 202. Rising For The Moon 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 203. The Hexamshire Lass 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 204. One More Chance 9:00 (15.1MB)
Track 205. Brillancy Medley 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 206. Cherokee Shuffle 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 207. Stranger To Himself 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 208. Restless 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 209. Down In The Flood 4:12 (7.0MB)
40 mins

Disc 3 (Late Show, contd)
Track 301. Sloth 19:33 (32.9MB)
Track 302. Iron Lion 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 303. It’ll Take A Long Time 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 304. Sir B Mackenzie 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 305. Pick Me Up 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 306. Lark In The Morning Medley (slight dropouts near the end) 5:36 (9.4MB)
49 mins

Sandy Denny
Jerry Donahue
Trevor Lucas
Dave Pegg
Bruce Rowland
Dave Swarbrick

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  1. 15 Responses to “FAIRPORT CONVENTION - EVANSTON 1975”

  2. What a lovely, wonderful gift this soundboard is. Love the banter too, very real. Feels like you are in the room. Take a deep breath. It may not last.

    By Job Hunter on Mar 19, 2014

  3. Dang! It is hard to believe SANDY DENNY has been dead for almost 36 years…. just does not seem possible

    By THE Russian Assassin on Mar 19, 2014

  4. IMHO, Sandy Denny was the Finest British Female Vocalist of the 20th Century. Thanks very much for this, BigO.

    By Britinvdon on Mar 20, 2014

  5. Astounding stuff.

    Jerry Donaghue! One of the greats, just listen to his playing on this!

    By AndrewWild on Mar 20, 2014

  6. Fuck me, this is good … listen to Sloth from the 1st show … mindblowing.

    By AndrewWild on Mar 20, 2014

  7. Thanks for this. I remember Amazing Grace. This show would have been at the second location, if I’m not mistaken - a little place in a little shopping mall. I remember sitting on the floor for a couple of Newgrass Revival/Jethro Burns shows, but sitting in a chair for Rambling Jack Eliot.

    By Ken on Mar 20, 2014

  8. “A wonderful, intimate venue, too bad there is nothing like it in this area any longer.”
    Check out SPACE in Evanston.

    By Darth Jeb on Mar 21, 2014

  9. very nice. thank you!

    By Paul on Mar 26, 2014

  10. Many thanks for this. Sandy Denny was one of the finest singers ever to come out of the U.K. (I’d have to throw Dusty Springfield in that group as well). And her work with Fairport is my favorite.

    By the sobsister on Mar 27, 2014

  11. Thank you very much for this treasure!

    By RoBurque on Apr 5, 2014

  12. wow. I’ve been looking for this for a few years now - THANK you so much. :)

    By Greg on Oct 17, 2014

  13. I close my eyes and i believe i can hear grace slick with
    papa john creach and “it’s a beautiful day”

    By easy on Jun 5, 2016

  14. let us not pretend that “(these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s)” (or 224 bps) are high quality, puleeez! It’s hardly worth bothering unless it’s 320bps or better.

    By Demian Kay on Oct 24, 2017

  15. Demian Kay-how are you going to complain about whats offered for FREE???

    By x-zoople on Oct 24, 2017

  16. That reminds me . . . . . . Thanks Mr Kay and especially x-zoople . . .I though I had this and cannot find it down in the castle vaults so thanks from a mealy minded missive (have you actually listened to this Mr Kay?) I have re-kindled a joy that this concert brings with it’s memories of the stellar Sandy Denny and the song smithery of Mr Dave Swarbrick and the best incarnation of this fine fine British band par excellence (well excite for the absence of Mr Richard Thompson). I am away know with the Faery Folk to learn A Hexhamshire Lass I recommend Mr Kay listen to Tam Lin and see if you agree with your previous ungrateful comments

    By swappers on Oct 24, 2017

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