We continue this time with the first set of notes in the CD insert, these having been written by Thor-Rune Haugen.
“Listen to Dave Swarbrick at the end of his instrumental part on Solo-keeping that high note floating into the final verse, before going even higher for a split second and then finally sending it drifting into the night.
“Listen to Dave Pegg on Dirty Linen. Bass guitar so fast his fingers nearly catch fire. Nobody does it better.
“Listen to Jerry Donahue’s fingers all over the place-including a wonderful guitar solo on One More Chance. And then realize the importance of the mighty stoicism of Trevor Lucas, his truck driver presence balancing well against Sandy’s slower songs.
“And Paul Warren? Considering the extremely difficult conditions under which he’d taken on this momentous task, he handled himself masterfully. You can hear him struggling a bit here and there. Like that tricky part towards the end of Sir B. McKenzie where the other sprinters leave him behind for a while. But he got back on track and redeemed himself.
“After a short tour, his days as a Fairport drummer were over. By the time their next album “Rising for the moon” came out just over three months later, Bruce rowland had taken over officially as Dave Mattacks’ permanent replacement.
“The expectations of the crowd this evening were immense. It’s proably best summed up by the outburst [I’ll try to get this for you later]of that guy right at the end of John The Gun, no longer able to contain himself. Most of us felt that way throughout the entire evening.”