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Fairport Convention - Before The Moon (Live Denver '74 with Sandy Denny)


Fairport Convention - Before The Moon (Live Denver '74 with Sandy Denny) 2CD
Recorded At Ebbets Field, Denver Colorado, USA, in May 1974 over two nights  

Sandy Denny, vocals;
Dave Swarbrick, violin, vocals;
Jerry Donahue, lead guitar, vocals;
Trevor Lucas, rhythm guitar, vocals;
Dave Pegg, bass guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums

Recorded live at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado, USA, in May 1974 by “Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention” as told at the role call at the end of the first CD. The track list, therefore, is a mixture of Fairport stuff and songs from Sandy's solo albums. The name of the album, Before the Moon hints at the yet to come album Rising for the Moon, of which the title track and One More Chance were already performed here.

A sticker on the CD jewel case says “Limited edition includes bonus disc of the 2nd set”. This second disc is in mono because of the bad quality of the surviving tape.
The booklet contains a lot of before unknown band pictures (plus, to add a little bit more, a photo of Richard and Linda Thompson) and a long and informative interview with Dave Pegg by Jon Kirkman.

There exists also a bootleg of these concerts, Sandy's Lament, with quite bad sound quality.( English Folk Music )

1975's Rising for the Moon album, Before the Moon is a two-CD recounting of two nights in Denver, CO, in 1974, with Sandy Denny back in the Fairport fold for the first time in five years. Historically, then, it ranks as one of the key documents of the band's 1970s history, both introducing a couple of songs from the band's still-unrecorded next studio album to the set (the title track and "One More Chance"), and highlighting one of Denny's most powerful solo recordings, the now not-so-aptly titled "Solo." This particular tour has already received one live album, 1974's Live Convention. It must be said, however, that in terms of the actual performance, Before the Moon beats it hands down -- only the somewhat muddy sound quality, and some atrocious typos in the track listing ("Matty Grooves") let the side down, but both are largely cosmetic distractions. The epic "Matty Groves" (correct spelling) and "Sloth" are both among the group's career-best renderings, while another Denny song, "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz," makes one wish there was a formal Fairport studio take of the number. Elsewhere, Dylan's "Down in the Flood" is a joyous explosion, and the instrumental numbers do nothing less than make you wish you'd been there on the night. You probably weren't -- but this collection does make a great substitute. ~ Dave Thompson ( All Music Guide )


First Disc  - First Night Concert
1 Rising For The Moon
2 Solo
3 Dirty Linen
4 One More Chance
5 Sloth
6 It'll Take A Long Time
7 Matty Groves
8 Hen's March/Medley
9 Down In The Flood

Second Disc - Second Night Concert
1 Matty Groves
2 Solo
3 Dirty Linen
4 Fiddlestix
5 Who Know Where The Time Goes
6 Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
7 Hexhamshire Lass
8 Bring 'Em Down
9 Down In The Flood
10 John The Gun
11 Sir B Mckenzie
                                                                                          
       CD1:First Set
 Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 Sandy Denny;
Track 3 Trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick;
Track 5 Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick;
Tracks 7, 8 Trad. arr. Fairport Convention;
Track 9 Bob Dylan
CD 2: Second Set
Tracks 1, 4, 7 Trad. arr. Fairport Convention;
Tracks2, 5, 6, 10 Sandy Denny;
Track 3 Trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick;
Track 8 Trevor Lucas;
Track 9 Bob Dylan;
Track 11 Fairport Convention
Enjoy!                   Before the Moon          from Answers.com





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