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Fairport Convention - Full House CD (album) cover


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Most people consider Liege & Leaf to be the ultimate classic British Folk Rock album. I would say that it is this one. Compared to Liege & Leaf, the instrumental attack on Full House is, well... Fuller. On Liege & Leaf the sound basically consisted of only guitars, fiddle, drums, bass and vocals. Here the instrumental attack is much more diverse; Harmonium, Boran, Dulcimer and Mandolin is added, creating a perfect mix between rock instruments and traditional Folk instruments. And all these instruments are exceptionally well played too. The material is similarly well balanced; four of the eight cuts are original and the other four are traditional Folk tunes.

The sound quality on Full House is also much better than on Liege & Leaf; Full House is simply better recorded and produced. However, it is still far away from how it should be! Some people probably miss the vocals of Sandy Denny, but personally, I strongly prefer the all-male line-up of Fairport Convention to the earlier Sandy Denny fronted band.

Full House, together with Angel Delight and Babbacombe Lee are the three best classic Fairport albums in my opinion. Full House is the folkiest of the these three, and it is very interesting to listen to. It is also one of the most progressive Fairport albums and a great place to start if you want to know what Fairport Convention is all about, and also what British-Electric-Progressive-Folk-Rock in general is about.

A very good Folk rock album!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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