We can now turn to a consideration of the actual music on this remarkable CD, where the first thing to note is that the instrument playing is fantastic throughout. Moreover, with a very few exceptions, Sandy Denny is also on top form, as indeed are all the chaps who sing. Perhaps most notable, however, is the drumming, which is distictly heavier than can ever heard anywhere else in the recorded works bearing the name Fairport Convention, but is by no means the worse for that.
I regret I could not hear anything said by anyone after “John The Gun”. However, I was able to make out most of Sandy Denny’s introduction to “One More Chance”. What she says is in fact a little chilling, going something like this:
“This is a song featured on our new album, which isn’t finished yet. It’s only got 5 tracks on it. We call it “The Creature” cos we’re always falling apart.”
In any event, just as on the “Rising For The Moon” LP, Sandy Denny is well and truly integrated into the group, in stark contrast to how she is recorded on “Fairport Live Convention”. One curious result of this is that “Many Ears To Please” is actually the best ever live Fairport Convention album, despite its undoubted rarity.