Come All Ye Polling Minstrels: Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
3. Matty Groves 11
7. Tam Lin 9
2. Reynardine 3
4. Farewell, Farewell 3
1. Come All Ye 2
5. The Deserter 2
6. Medley: The Lark in the Morning etc 2
8. Crazy Man Michael 0


Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:37 (eleven years ago) link

tam lin

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:38 (eleven years ago) link

tough one, the only one I can't really imagine voting for is the medley ... and that's great too. "Reynardine" is always a killer. Sounds like they're just floating, but it's also super tense. A neat trick.

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

matty groves for me

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i gotta go "matty" for the combination of the killer tune and vocal and then the great jam at the end.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:07 (eleven years ago) link

love this album pretty much straight through, tho.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

so many great moments on this record -- always loved the majestic opening of "the deserter," the sound of the guitar on "farewell farewell," sandy's incredible vocal on "tam lin" ....

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:10 (eleven years ago) link

also <3 the sound of swarbrick's violin throughout

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 19:13 (eleven years ago) link

Matty Groves by a nose, I love a good ballad especially if it involves love and death.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

matty groves has the whole package: melody, awesome jam, dramatic story

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

I kind of prefer the originals even on this one.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:00 (eleven years ago) link

MATTY GROVES

thomp, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:04 (eleven years ago) link

matty groves

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:05 (eleven years ago) link

come all ye because it gets me so psyched to listen to the rest of it.

I am an old guy, and I prefer the late 90s. (Matt P), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:08 (eleven years ago) link

matty groves!

thomp, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

I went with Tam Lin, mostly for the guitar smashing out that odd rhythm over and over, also partly for the queer story that I still haven't really got my brain around. Also all the Swarbrick on this album seconded.

Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:15 (eleven years ago) link

wow tough, between "Come All Ye" and "Matty" for me and that is not an easy choice.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:17 (eleven years ago) link

I know this album is supposed to be like the ultimate Brit folk rock album and yes it is good but I actually find myself returning to Unhalfbricking more often.

anagram, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:18 (eleven years ago) link

It's maybe for another thread but 'Autopsy' is such a great and underappreciated song.

Vision Creation Mansun (NickB), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:22 (eleven years ago) link

"Tam Lin" is so fucking heavy, so that one.

Euler, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:27 (eleven years ago) link

i would usually skip tam lin

hard to choose...farewell, farewell or the deserter or crazy man michael

velko, Thursday, 27 May 2010 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

tam liiiin

lemon lime & butters (electricsound), Thursday, 27 May 2010 04:58 (eleven years ago) link

I kind of prefer the originals even on this one.

Same here. "Farewell, Farewell" (though the tune is trad. arr. of course!)

Wenlock & Mandelson (Tom D.), Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:09 (eleven years ago) link

Tam Lin, rocks

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:21 (eleven years ago) link

I know this album has its fans, some of who consider it Fairport's peak. But I think it's where they irreversibly started going downhill; they never really recovered from losing Martin Lamble in an auto collision, and the subsequent exit of Denny, Thompson, and Matthews. Their first three albums are the ones that matter, along with the "Heyday" compilation of unreleased songs from their classic lineup that was at least as good as their "real" albums - I can't believe they didn't think these songs worthy of release at the time.

"Matty Groves" is my favorite from L&L.

Lee626, Friday, 28 May 2010 12:12 (eleven years ago) link

Well, "Heyday" is Radio sessions. I listen to "Full House" (the full version with "Poor Will", even better with "Now Be Thankful") much more than I listen to this album.

Wenlock & Mandelson (Tom D.), Friday, 28 May 2010 12:17 (eleven years ago) link

I got "Holidays" and this in succession, have to say I don't really get this one.

Mark G, Friday, 28 May 2010 13:13 (eleven years ago) link

To me it's a bit like "Sweetheart of the Rodeo", it's a trailblazer and highly significant for that, but is that enough? It's better than "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" though.

Wenlock & Mandelson (Tom D.), Friday, 28 May 2010 13:16 (eleven years ago) link

i can see why someone might be more into the earlier fairport stuff -- that's when they were more diverse, more of a classic 60s pop band, w/ folk rock leanings, rather than being a capital F folk rock band. I love both eras ... and yeah, Full House is essential, too -- some incredible playing on there.

tylerw, Friday, 28 May 2010 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

Ashley Hutchings played on both L&L and No Roses, and I much prefer the latter if I'm in the mood for folk rock -- maybe because it's more firmly folky.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Friday, 28 May 2010 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

yeah? as much as I <3 Shirley Collins, I love Sandy Denny even more ...

tylerw, Friday, 28 May 2010 15:27 (eleven years ago) link

both great records though

tylerw, Friday, 28 May 2010 15:27 (eleven years ago) link

there's something hardwired in me to love shirley the best. i'm not sure what it is. i enjoy sandy's voice immensely, but there's something about shirley that i love above all others.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Friday, 28 May 2010 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

As much as I love Matty Groves, there's something so droney and weirdly beautiful about Reynardine that I might have to play the contrarian and go for that one.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 28 May 2010 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i think Reynardine is pretty magical -- i dunno, it sounds like this airy, simple thing, but that sort of music is actually *very* hard to play. Everyone in the band is locked in tight on that song.

tylerw, Friday, 28 May 2010 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

I mean, I love a good stomping murder ballad as much as the next girl, but Reynardine puts all the hairs on the back of my neck and gives me genuine shivers. I don't know if it's natural drone resonance or if there's a slight phase on the guitars and things but the way that the notes *shiver* is just devastating.

It may be airy, but there is nothing simple about it at all, the chord structure and the way the melody bobs and weaves in and out of it ... it's much more complex than it seems.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 28 May 2010 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

"Tam Lin" got me into Fairport Convention ("Black Sabbath in aran sweaters," etc), so that; I'd always loved the Tam Lin legend since reading, what, Diana Wynne Jones' Fire & Hemlock as a kid.

etc, Saturday, 29 May 2010 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 9 June 2010 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2BRezwz92M

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