There are 5 bonus tracks on the deluxe expanded CD, all of them having been recorded live at the Howff (London) on 23 April 1973. The only one of these which is not a rendering of a track from the LP is an instrumental called “The Claw”. They are:
11. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
12. The Hens March…
14. The Claw
15. Furs And Feathers
“Rosie”, of course, does not here have the saving grace of Richard Thompson’s guitar, but is actually not too bad. The song got flogged to death in future years, and without exception they were much worse than this.
So, we have reached the spring of 1973, “A” levels just a few weeks away. The summer was to bring Girlfriend #25, and thereafter one further school term to do university entrance exams. More of these matters, but only in brief, in the next post or two. The Fairport Convention story was to revive in the late autumn, in a magnificent and wholly unexpected manner.