Epyc Relyc: Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
Liege & Lief is, in my mind (whatever that’s good for…), the most superior example of electric folk music ever to be recorded in this current universe, and, most likely in all of the infinite alternate universes as well. Its just one of those albums that is most absurdly astonishing in most every aspect. Its amazing! Also… nevermind. Anyways, the Fairport Convention are generally known as the inventors of the folk rock genre in England. (Although the Strawbs and the Pentangle, who also are of the genre, did also exist at the time.) The album Liege & Lief was their 4th studio album, and it was released in December of 1969.
So, for a little history, before recording this album, the band got in a serious bus crash where guitar player Richard Thompson’s girlfriend, and the group’s drummer, Martin Lamble, who was only 19, were both killed. The band members also all sustained some sort of injury and almost broke up after the heinous event, but after some healing crystal sessions (or something like that), decided to keep on trekking and popped up to the studio. Liege & Lief was became the first Fairport Convention album to fully forgo their previous American influences (their earlier effort has 3(!) Bob Dylan covers, a few originals, and 1 traditional song…), and it features mostly arrangements of traditional English songs, with 5 traditional numbers and 3 original compositions on 2 sides of 1 record in 1 sleeve, with 0 bad tracks. After this album was released, vocalist Sandy Denny left to work on her own song-writing, and founder Ashley Hutchings also left to start the even more traditional Steeleye Span. The band was never quite as amazing again…
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