Cropredy Capers: 25 Years of Fairport Convention and Friends at Cropredy Festival

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Cropredy Capers: 25 Years of Fairport Convention and Friends at Cropredy Festival Review

by Chris Nickson

Cropredy, the annual festival run by Fairport Convention, has become legendary over the years, not only for it's reconvening of the many different permutations of the band, but also for guests and surprises. While not everything is here, obviously, this stunning four-CD box set captures many of the highlights. Fairport are the featured artists, both as themselves and also in the backing guises they've taken behind artists like Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin (and they acquit themselves quite admirably, with plenty of spirit and more than a little humor). The four discs are themed, and the vast proportion of the material hasn't seen the light of day before. Listening is almost like Christmas, having to pick your way through all the delights, whether it's the version of "Million Dollar Bash" lovingly assembled from performances in different years, or a take on "Fotheringay" with singer Vikki Clayton capably filling the shoes of the late Sandy Denny. There's plenty of fun to be had on the 'covers' CD, where the band offers not only traditional folk, but everything from "Swimming Song" with Loudon Wainwright to "Midnight Special" with veteran British rocker Joe Brown. But this is a set full of joy and wit, and not only on disc. The superb packing even includes a booklet with a walk around the village of Cropredy and a cardboard build-your-own-festival-site kit (wonderful for those long evenings) in addition to a superbly detailed book about the festival itself and the songs included. It's a wonderful set, up to the high standard the Free Reed label has established -- and, indeed, up to the standard of Cropredy itself.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Fairport Convention 02:37 Amazon
2 Fairport Convention 03:42 Amazon
3 Fairport Convention feat: Bruce Rowland / Richard Thompson 03:26 Amazon
4 Fairport Convention feat: Vikki Clayton 08:20 Amazon
5 Fairport Convention feat: Simon Nicol 04:54 Amazon
6 Fairport Convention feat: Sheila Parker 05:23 Amazon
7 Fairport Convention 05:38 Amazon
8
Fairport Convention feat: Julianne Regan 04:29 Amazon
9
Fairport Convention 03:01 Amazon
10
Fairport Convention feat: Bob Fox 04:42 Amazon
11
Fairport Convention feat: Cathy Lesurf 03:33 Amazon
12 Fairport Convention feat: Loudon Wainwright III 03:10 Amazon
13
Fairport Convention 03:46 Amazon
14
Fairport Convention feat: Jacqui McShee / Maddy Prior 04:04 Amazon
15
Fairport Convention feat: Robert Plant 05:13 Amazon
16
Fairport Convention feat: Steve Harley 04:21 Amazon
17
Fairport Convention feat: Dave Cousins 04:47 Amazon
18 Fairport Convention feat: Chris Leslie 03:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Fairport Convention feat: Vikki Clayton 01:11 Amazon
2 Fairport Convention feat: Dave Swarbrick 05:53 Amazon
3 Fairport Convention feat: Dave Pegg 02:47 Amazon
4 Fairport Convention feat: Richard Thompson 03:30 Amazon
5
Fairport Convention 04:24 Amazon
6
Fairport Convention feat: Chris Leslie / Beryl Marriott 02:51 Amazon
7
Fairport Convention feat: Dave Swarbrick 05:28 Amazon
8
Fairport Convention 05:24 Amazon
9
Fairport Convention 05:17 Amazon
10 Fairport Convention feat: Dave Swarbrick 02:56 Amazon
11 Fairport Convention 04:38 Amazon
12
Fairport Convention feat: Julianne Regan 03:55 Amazon
13 Fairport Convention feat: Vikki Clayton 03:35 Amazon
14 Fairport Convention feat: Cathy Lesurf 07:15 Amazon
15
Fairport Convention 02:57 Amazon
16
Fairport Convention 04:48 Amazon
17
Fairport Convention feat: Trevor Lucas / Brian Maxine 05:54 Amazon
18 Fairport Convention feat: Vikki Clayton 04:18 Amazon
19
Fairport Convention feat: David Hughes 02:32 Amazon
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