In addition to the LP, I did buy the original CD release as well, but gave this away to a mate of mine when I got the deluxe expanded version, which came out with the other three. It also features, of course, in the 19 CD Box Set, a copy of which I am fortunate enough to own. More of the CDs in due course.
It will be recalled that this is the fifth of five albums which constituted glimmers of hope in the gloomy summer of 1972. Of them, this is probably my favourite, for two principlal reasons. Firstly, all the songs on the album are either excellent or very good; there are, for example, no attempts at rock’n’roll. However, there is nothing equal to the brilliance of “Blackwaterside” on “The North Star…”.
The second reason lies in the personae dramatis, who are listed in the text on the back cover:
“Sandy Denny – vocals, piano, acoustic guitars
Richard Thompson – guitars, mandolin
Pat Donaldon – bass
Timi Donald – drums
Dave Swarbrick – solo violin
Pete Kleinlow – pedal steel
John Bundrick – organ, piano
Linda Peters – backing vocals [she was soon to become Linda Thompson]”.
It will be seen, therefore, that inter alia we have here the key members of the “Liege & Lief” line up of Fairport Convention.
This LP was released in the summer of 1972, and the happy thought occurred to me that these people could still work together; perhaps all was not lost, after all.