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Fairport Convention: Heyday: BBY Radio Sessions 1968-1969 (Hannibal HNCD 1329)

Heyday - BBC Radio Sessions 1968-69
Fairport Convention
none (cassette, UK, October 1976)
Hannibal HNBL 1329 (LP, USA, September 1987)
Hannibal HNCD 1329 (CD, USA, September 1987)

Heyday - The BBC Sessions 1968-1969 / Extended
Fairport Convention
Island IMCD 290 (CD, UK, March 2002)

This is a collection of performances by Fairport for the BBC in 1968 and 1969. The cassette, that would later see official release in 1987, was privately circulated by Ashley Hutchings and could be purchased at FC gigs.
Produced by Gustav Winckler, engineered by Ivar Roserlberg.

In 2002, Island Records re-released the CD with eight more BBC recordings as bonus tracks. All Heyday tracks are also on the 2007 4CD set Live at the BBC.

For details of the recording sessions see the list of Fairport Convention's radio and TV sessions.

Musicians

Sandy Denny, piano, guitar, vocals;
Ian Matthews, percussion, vocals [CD: 1-11, 13-14];
Martin Lamble, drums, percussion, vocals;
Simon Nicol, guitar, banjo, violin, vocals;
Ashley Hutchings, bass, vocals;
Richard Thompson, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, vocals;
Ric Grech, violin [CD: 16-17];
Dave Mattacks, drums [CD: 19-20];
Dave Swarbrick, violin [CD: 19-20]

Tracks

Cassette

Side 1Side 2
  1. Gone, Gone, Gone [Phil & Don Everly] (1.58)
  2. You Never Wanted Me [Jackson C. Frank] (3.14)
  3. Some Sweet Day [Felice & Boudleaux Bryant] (2.18)
  4. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen] (3.30)
  5. I Still Miss Someone [Johnny & Roy Cash] (2.26)
  6. You're Gonna Need My Help [McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters)] (4.11)
  7. Suzanne [Leonard Cohen] (5.27)
  1. Reno, Nevada [Richard Fariña] (2.25)
  2. I Don't Know Where I Stand [Joni Mitchell] (3.40)
  3. Close the Door Lightly When You Go [Eric Andersen] (2.56)
  4. Shattering Live Experience [Simon Nicol] (3.26)
  5. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong [Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings] (3.14)
  6. Tried So Hard [Gene Clark] (2.57)
  7. Meet on the Ledge (alt. version) [Richard Thompson] (2.29)

2, 9, 10: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. May 28, 1968, bc. June 2, 1968;
3: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. May 28, 1968, bc. June 30, 1968;
1, 12: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. August 26, 1968, bc. September 1, 1968;
7: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. August 26, 1968, bc. September 29, 1968;
4: Stuart Henry Show, rec. December 2, 1968, bc. December 8, 1968;
5: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 7, 1969;
13: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 8, 1969;
8: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 10, 1969;
6, 11: Symonds on Sunday, rec. February 4, 1969, bc. February 9, 1969

Hannibal CD

The CD misses You're Gonna Need My Help, You Never Wanted Me and the alternate version of Meet on the Ledge but has a beautiful version of Percy's Song instead:
  1. Close the Door Lightly When You Go [Eric Andersen] (2.56)
  2. I Don't Know Where I Stand [Joni Mitchell] (3.40)
  3. Some Sweet Day [Felice & Boudleaux Bryant] (2.18)
  4. Reno, Nevada [Richard Fariña] (2.25)
  5. Suzanne [Leonard Cohen] (5.27)
  6. If It Feels Good, You Know It Can't Be Wrong [Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings] (3.14)
  7. I Still Miss Someone [Johnny & Roy Cash] (2.26)
  8. Bird on a Wire [Leonard Cohen] (3.30)
  9. Gone, Gone, Gone [Phil & Don Everly] (2.00)
  10. Tried So Hard [Gene Clark] (2.57)
  11. Shattering Live Experience [Simon Nicol] (3.26)
  12. Percy's Song [Bob Dylan] (5.29)

Island CD

This CD has the same 12 tracks as the Hannibal CD plus 8 more, among them You Never Wanted Me from the original cassette:

  1. You Never Wanted Me [Jackson C. Frank] (3.18)
  2. Nottamun Town [trad. arr. Fairport Convention] (3.37)
  3. Fotheringay [Sandy Denny] (3.01)
  4. Si Tu Dois Partir [Bob Dylan] (2.28)
  5. Cajun Woman [Richard Thompson] (2.47)
  6. Autopsy [Sandy Denny] (4.26)
  7. Reynardine [trad. arr. Fairport Convention] (4.24)
  8. Tam Lin [trad. arr. Swarbrick] (7.49)

1-2, 13-14: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. May 28, 1968, bc. June 2, 1968;
3: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. May 28, 1968, bc. June 30, 1968;
6, 9: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. August 26, 1968, bc. September 1, 1968;
5: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. August 26, 1968, bc. September 29, 1968;
8: Stuart Henry Show, rec. December 2, 1968, bc. December 8, 1968;
7: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 7, 1969;
10: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 8, 1969;
4: David Symonds Show, rec. December 27, 1968, bc. January 10, 1969;
11, 15: Symonds on Sunday, rec. February 4, 1969, bc. February 9, 1969;
12, 16-18: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. March 18, 1969, bc. April 6, 1969;
19-20: Top Gear / John Peel, rec. September 23, 1969, bc. September 27, 1969