In September 1972 I embarked upon the start of the second year of a 2 year “A”Level course. “A” Levels were very hard in those days; it was almost unheard of for anyone to get 3 “A” grades. I was very disheartened by school, therefore, and was reeling from the experience of girlfriends 22 and 23, and was still under the impression that Fairport Convention had ceased to exist.
Within a week or two, however, things (apart from school) started looking up (albeit only apparently, as things turned out, in most respects). Money was a little easier by this time, largely by virtue of a very lucrative baby-sitting job I had been fortunate enough to secure. I was able to buy some splendid LPs, notably the new release “Below The Salt”, an excellent record [see previous post of long ago] which confirmed that at least Steeleye Span had survived. There was also “WIldflowers” by Judy Collins, which has since become my favourite LP of all time, and one to which I hope to return here at some point, in great detail. One other of note was a double album comprising re-releases of the first two Tyrannosaurus Rex LPs: “Prophets Seers and Sages, the Angel of the Ages” and ” My People Were Fair and had Sky in Their Hair But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows” respectively.
Most importantly, on 14 October 1972 I started going out with girlfriend 24, more of whom soon.
However, back to the main plot. I also at this time bought a brand new release double LP called “The History of Fairport Convention”. The story of this one will continue in a few posts time, after some mainly visual diversions.