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50:50@50

Fairport Convention: 50:50@50 (Matty Groves MGCD054)

50:50@50
Fairport Convention

Matty Groves Records MGCD054 (CD, UK, March 10, 2017)

Half studio tracks and half live tracks to celebrate 50 years of Fairport Convention

Produced by John Gale and Fairport Convention;
Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13 recorded by John Gale at Woodworm Studios, Barford St Michael, Oxon, assistant recording engineer: Stuart Jones;
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 recorded by John Gale at the Cropredy warm-ups at The Mill, Banbury;
Track 5 recorded at The Bowman's Retreat and Delta Studios, additional orchestra by Joe Broughton at SAE Studios;
Tracks 10 and 14 recorded by Simon Yorath on tour in Drachten, Holland, and Heusden-Zolder, Belgium;
All tracks edited and mixed by John Gale at Woodworm Studios and Galeforce Sound, Dublin;
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering, London;
Photography by Ben Nicholson;
Package design by Mick Toole

Musicians

Simon Nicol, vocals, guitars;
Chris Leslie, vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, ukuleles, D whistle, harmonica;
Ric Sanders, electric violins, keyboards [5];
Dave Pegg, 5-string bass, mandolin, double bass [3, 11], backing vocals [3];
Gerry Conway, drums, percussion

with
Robert Plant, vocals [6];
Jacqui McShee, vocals [11]

Tracks

  1. Eleanor's Dream (3.11)
  2. Ye Mariners All (Roud 1191) (live) (4.37)
  3. Step by Step (4.37)
  4. The Naked Highwayman (live) (4.46)
  5. Danny Jack's Reward (expensive version!) (4.36)
  6. Jesus on the Mainline (live) (3.43)
  7. Devil's Work (3.33)
  8. Mercy Bay (live) (7.02)
  9. Our Bus Rolls On (4.53)
  10. Portmeirion (live) (5.38)
  11. The Lady of Carlisle (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474) (4.55)
  12. Lord Marlborough (Roud 233) (live) (3.25)
  13. Summer by the Cherwell (3.10)
  14. John Condon (live) (6.05)

Tracks 1, 3, 7-9 Chris Leslie;
Track 2 trad. arr. Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Bruce Rowland;
Track 4 Steve Tilston;
Tracks 5, 10 Ric Sanders;
Track 6 trad.;
Tracks 11-12 trad. arr. Fairport Convention;
Track 13 P.J. Wright;
Track 14 Richard Laird, Sam Starrett, Tracey McRory