Today we finish the Thor-Rune Haugen notes, including two postscripts, from the CD insert.
“The tapes have been remastered as well as could possibly be expected from the limited source of a two track tape, recorded through hanging mikes. This CD is not a hifi enthusiast’s wet dream. It’s intended for, and made by, major Fairport fans only. And there it is: The testament of a Fairport line-up everyone assumed had been unrecorded. We hope you enjoy it. To quote the great John Peel:
FAIRPORT CONVENTION, WE LOVE YOU! [from a summer 1969 Melody Maker article written by the man himself just after the M1 crash (qv above) and the release of “Unhalfbricking” (also qv above)].
The tape did not include the first part of Six Days On The Road. One tape roll was full and by the time a new roll was in place, the band was already into the next song. But we decided to include what was left of this rarely performed song anyway. That’s why it starts in this particular fashion.
For the record: They also performed a spellbinding version of Sloth. Trouble is, it went on for days (well, 21 minutes actually). By excluding it we made room for every other song performed. And there are tons of good versions of Sloth out and about already.”