Fairport Convention

In Real Time: Live '87

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Not a genuine live album (applause and audience ambience are grafted on to studio cuts), this somewhat misleadingly titled and packaged record did mark the group's brief return to major-label activity, in association with its own 20th anniversary and Island's 25th anniversary. Some of the playing is too loud, especially the amplified fiddle, but it does have robust performances of "Meet on the Ledge," "The Hiring Fair," and "Crazy Man Michael."

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