This time we finish off Jerry Donanue’s notes in the CD insert, where Bruce Roland has just been recruited as the new drummer.
“Well, we went on to finish the album, the result of which gratified us all (including Glyn). Another encouraging development was that we finally acquired a new manager who had the proper experience for the job – that which had been lacking all the while since Joe Boyd’s departure. A long tour followed and everyone was on top of the world…till we were sent to the US and dates were being pulled from under our feet during the course of the tour. When I learned that only half of the contracts had been returned, I could not believe that we were allowed to go! Feeling finally that, no matter who we would have in charge, the incompetent decisions would persist, I made the difficult decision to leave the band at the end of our present commitments (a coming UK and European tour). Within the first week of the UK tour Trevor and Sandy announced that they, too, would withdraw at the end of these obligations. It was a very sad moment, affecting us all, but Swarb and Peggy made us know that they understood our reasons and our close friendship never ceased.
“One thing is certain: the period we spent inside the studio, during the making of this album, was a wonderful haven from all that was gloomy on the outside. Notwithstanding that, I believe that all the components of that period, including those mentioned herein, helped to provide Fairport Convention with one of their most eminent albums.”
And then there were three…