Is it my imagination, or has it really become very difficult to get into WordPress these days?
Anyway, this time, a little more about the LP; and the first thing to say about it is, that in many ways, it was the last ever truly great Fairport Convention album. It was certainly the last to feature Sandy Denny, who was dead about 3 years after its release. She was still in her singing prime, and on top form here. The remainder of the group was of course the ensemble who had produced the superb album “Nine”. There would never again be anything comparable; moreover, by the end of 1975 the band had fallen apart into shreds again.
This is not to say that there were odd aspects to the people ionvolved; Sandy Denny talked of “Fotheringport Confusion, as half of them had indeed been in Fotheringay.
Onto the curious case of the two drummers. Dave Mattacks had in fact done the drumming for the record, which was finished in early 1975, but not until after he had quit the group in the January of that year. The album was not, however, released until June 1975, by which time Bruce Rowland was the new drummer for the death throes of the group. Hence the peculiar duality, and the anonymous 6th member of the group in the painting which adorns the front cover.