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« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2020, 04:33:01 PM »


I love Liege & Lief but such is the strength of the canon, it's a mid-level Fairport release for me, at least enjoyment-wise. My top five is subject to change but currently:

1. Tipplers Tales
2. Angel Delight
3. Full House (if the reissue with Poor Will & Now Be Thankful is a valid choice.  Smiley)
4. The Bonny Bunch Of Roses
5. The Five Seasons

If Full House is dodgy, remove it, bump four & five up a place and add The Wood & The Wire as the new five.  Smiley


Great credit here for going out on a limb and putting Tipplers first, although even I wouldn't go that far ... perhaps third favourite after Unhalfbricking and Full House.
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« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2020, 05:15:00 PM »



I love Liege & Lief but such is the strength of the canon, it's a mid-level Fairport release for me, at least enjoyment-wise. My top five is subject to change but currently:

1. Tipplers Tales
2. Angel Delight
3. Full House (if the reissue with Poor Will & Now Be Thankful is a valid choice.  Smiley)
4. The Bonny Bunch Of Roses
5. The Five Seasons

If Full House is dodgy, remove it, bump four & five up a place and add The Wood & The Wire as the new five.  Smiley


Great credit here for going out on a limb and putting Tipplers first, although even I wouldn't go that far ... perhaps third favourite after Unhalfbricking and Full House.


Cheers.

I particularly enjoyed the band when they featured the triumvirate of Swarb, Peggy and Simon. Wish Vertigo would have let them see out their contract rather than pay them off.

It never fails to amaze me though that, given the amount of line-ups the band went through, how high the the quality of their releases remained. Even "lesser" albums (insert your own choice here) were usually, at the very least, interesting. Paradoxical how a band with so many epochs remain a one-off.  Smiley
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« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2020, 05:58:05 PM »

That's such a difficult choice - top album of all time...  What criteria do you use to choose?

If I'm thinking of an album that's been with me a long time, and that I still reckon is darn near perfect, it would be hard to beat Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky.  Or Bruce Cockburn's Circles In The Stream.  Totally subjective choices, and not ones that would make most people's top 50, I guess. Or then maybe Al Stewart's Modern Times or Past Present & Future...  Unhalfbricking and Liege & Lief get in there too...  So does Trick Of The Tail.  And Broadsword And The Beast and Songs From The Wood.  Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures...  Twelfth Night's Live And Let Live.  The more I think, the more I come up with, so I shall stop there...  Oh, and Argus.  How could I forget that one...?  What else have I forgotten?
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« Reply #83 on: October 23, 2020, 06:00:00 PM »


Wish Vertigo would have let them see out their contract rather than pay them off.


I'm not sure they'd agree.  They talk very lovingly of their pay off.  £7k each wasn't it?  [c£40k at today's values] Bought houses and other grown up stuff, I think...  Grin
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« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2020, 07:12:16 PM »



Wish Vertigo would have let them see out their contract rather than pay them off.


I'm not sure they'd agree.  They talk very lovingly of their pay off.  £7k each wasn't it?  [c£40k at today's values] Bought houses and other grown up stuff, I think...  Grin


I think in pretty much every Fairport book I've read there a paragraph or two from Peggy saying how delighted he was with his Vertigo dosh.  Smiley
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« Reply #85 on: October 23, 2020, 08:05:52 PM »

Pink Floyd, that's who I forgot! Dark Side of the Moon and Wish you Were Here both should figure.
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« Reply #86 on: October 23, 2020, 10:45:37 PM »


Pink Floyd, that's who I forgot! Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here both should figure.


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« Reply #87 on: October 23, 2020, 11:44:24 PM »

Standing back a long way there are a lot of contenders, but I nominate:

Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks. In a golden year of albums, this stood above all else.

Then again there's:

The Lemonheads - Shame About Ray. I'll forgive them including a cover of 'Mrs Robinson', but the rest at only 25 minutes is perfectly formed.

Or quietly just being lovely:

Laurie Anderson - Strange Angels  
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« Reply #88 on: October 24, 2020, 10:05:17 AM »



Pink Floyd, that's who I forgot! Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here both should figure.


This is where we came in.

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Are you nominating the Bee Gees album of that title?  Wink
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« Reply #89 on: October 24, 2020, 02:35:27 PM »


Are you nominating the Bee Gees album of that title?  Wink


I didn't even know there was one!

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« Reply #90 on: October 24, 2020, 02:37:21 PM »



Are you nominating the Bee Gees album of that title?  Wink


I didn't even know there was one!

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There isn't  Wink Grin

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« Reply #91 on: October 24, 2020, 04:04:38 PM »



Spoilsport. It was still a pretty good gag. What is one word between friends?
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« Reply #92 on: October 24, 2020, 11:17:20 PM »



Wish Vertigo would have let them see out their contract rather than pay them off.


If you are an FC fan you should be rejoicing that they were paid off.  Had Vertigo not pulled the plug when they did there would probably have been no FC around since then.  Then again their reputation and legacy would be intact and not tainted by the awful records released since.
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« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2020, 11:41:30 PM »




Wish Vertigo would have let them see out their contract rather than pay them off.


If you are an FC fan you should be rejoicing that they were paid off.  Had Vertigo not pulled the plug when they did there would probably have been no FC around since then.  Then again their reputation and legacy would be intact and not tainted by the awful records released since.


Well, it's true they might have petered out after a few more releases. I really do like that line-up though.

Having said that, I think pretty much every studio release from Gladys' Ridge onwards has been worth owning and I find a a fair few of them more enjoyable than some of the "classic" releases.
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« Reply #94 on: October 25, 2020, 02:25:44 AM »

Oh my goodness, how do I pick one? My first thought was to agree with Andy, DSOTM has to be up there as one that you can turn to at any time and it doesn't sound boring or dated. Then I thought, but what about those albums that have had great meaning at a particular time in my life? So here's the (short) list, in no particular order:

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water
Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
Jon and Vangelis - Short Stories
Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse

If my house was on fire and I could only save five albums, I guess Gigspanner, Dead Can Dance, Sigur Ros, Elton John, Fairport and yes, even Bellowhead, wouldn't survive the conflagration.
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« Reply #95 on: October 25, 2020, 09:11:44 AM »

1 Who's Next - The Who
2 A Question of Balance - Moody Blues
3 Fog on the Tyne - Lindisfarne
4 Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention
5 Led Zeppelin 4 - Led Zeppelin
6 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
7 Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens
8 Abbey Road - The Beatles
9 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
10 No Secrets - Carly Simon
11 In Rock - Deep Purple
12 Tapestry - Caole King
13 Surf's Up - Beach Boys


Obviously this could all change tomorrow!
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« Reply #96 on: October 26, 2020, 11:11:11 AM »

Could do with Tapestry a lot higher but Who's Next , considering it's from the remnants of Lifehouse , a collapsed project , makes a real good choice for any  non Floyd fans .
Especially with "Pure & Easy" tacked on it.
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« Reply #97 on: October 26, 2020, 01:12:15 PM »


Could do with Tapestry a lot higher but Who's Next , considering it's from the remnants of Lifehouse , a collapsed project , makes a real good choice for any  non Floyd fans .
Especially with "Pure & Easy" tacked on it.
Tapestry would easily be my favourite by a female artist. Incredible
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« Reply #98 on: October 26, 2020, 01:38:37 PM »


Who's Next, considering it's from the remnants of Lifehouse, a collapsed project, makes a real good choice for any non Floyd fans. Especially with "Pure & Easy" tacked on it.


It's a good choice for a Floyd fan too. *points at self*

And yes, for a flawed album, it's paradoxically all but flawless.

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« Reply #99 on: October 26, 2020, 01:50:39 PM »

Tapestry - that's another one that should have been on my list.
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