Sorry, in the last post I jumped a track. Track 7 is in fact another truly brilliant rendering of “Sloth”, coming in at a mighty 13.23 minutes. This song, which originally appeared in 1970 on “Full House” [see above], lends itself very well indeed to these elongated workouts, and this version is no exception.
Track 8 we saw last time, and Track 9 is a further go at “Matty Groves” (10.04). It might be recalled from the posts on “Fairport Live Convention” [see above] that Sandy Denny’s vocals on the version there of this tale of adultery and violence has correctly been described as “uneasy”. No such criticism can be made here; she sings, as she does throughout the Ebbets Field record, with great confidence and all her usual unique brilliance. This is a creditable rendition of the piece.
The penultimate track is an instrumental called “The Medley” (8.29) and includes, but is not limited to, the four tunes so titled on “Liege & Lief” [see above]. Indeed, it kicks off with “The Hen’s March…” from “Rosie” [see above] and also indeed from “The History Of Fairport Convention” [see above].
The CD ends with Track 11 “Down In The Flood” (3.50). This is a Bob Dylan song which Sandy Denny first recorded on her first “proper” solo LP “The North Star Grassman and The Ravens” [see above] in 1971. Whilst not one of my favourites, she belts it out with immense gusto, but also with exquisite charm, as only she could; by no means an unfitting cadence to this precious artefact.