Side 1 opens with the title track, which is a strong, beaty, classic Fairport Convention song. It rocks along with all the class and style that could be expected, with splendid lyrics and a great tune. Sandy Denny is on top form doing the lead vocals, and in many ways this is a perfect track. There could be no better way of kicking the record off.
Track 2, if possible, is even better! This is a fantastic Trevor Lucas song called “Restless”, which has a strong tune and classic lyrics. Trevor Lucas is likewise at his best, which is of course brilliant. This is possibly the best song on the LP, a real gem of a thing.
Track 3 is a lovely waltz time love song, delivered faultlessly by Sandy Denny, called “White Dress”. Done by almost anyone else, this one would sound positively sickly. Done by her, it is a thing of immense beauty and charm. Truly wonderful; could the rest of the album keep up with the astronomically high standard set by these first three? We shall see in some future posts.