Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Limited edition 180gr LP
This is the third album by the British folk rock band Fairport Convention and their second LP released in 1969. The album contains several Bob Dylan songs that were still unknown during that period. It also features what is arguably Sandy Denny’s most notable achievement as a songwriter with the song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” (later covered by such stars as Mary Black, Eva Cassidy, Judy Collins and Nina Simone, among many others). The only traditional song on the album, “A Sailor’s Life”, is considered pivotal in the development of English folk rock music. The album also gave the band their first UK chart success, reaching #12 in the UK album chart (the second highest position in the band’s career), while the single release, “Si tu dois partir”, climbed to #21 in the UK singles chart. Other highlights include Sandy Denny’s “Autopsy” and “Percy’s Song”, the latter featuring vocals by Ian Matthews. Unhalfbricking received a 5-star review in AllMusic, with Richie Unterberger describing it as “a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound”.
1. GENESIS HALL Richard Thompson
2. SI TU DOIS PARTIR Bob Dylan
3. AUTOPSY Sandy Denny
4. A SAILOR’S LIFE Trad. arr Fairport
1. CAJUN WOMAN Richard Thompson
2. WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES? Sandy Denny
3. PERCY’S SONG Bob Dylan
4. MILLION DOLLAR BASH Bob Dylan
DAVE SWARBRICK plays fiddle on Cajun Woman, A Sailor’s Life, Si Tu Dois Partir and mandolin on Million Dollar Bash.
TREVOR LUCAS plays triangle on Si Tu Dois Partir.
MARC ELLINGTON sings on Million Dollar Bash.
IAN MATTHEWS sings on Percy’s Song.
Photographs ERIC HAYES Sleeve design DIOGENIC ATTEMPTS LTD
Engineering JOHN WOOD Sound
Produced by JOE BOYD, SIMON & FAIRPORT WITCHSEASON PRODUCTIONS LTD
Release date - March 24, 2023