We now come to the section of David Suff’s November 2006 notes which deals specifically with this record:
“It started life as a Dave Swarbrick solo project (as had 1973’s Rosie [see above]). The first sessions with Dave Pegg and Bruce Rowland began at Sawmills Studios on the banks of the River Fowey in Cornwall. All the equipment had to be ferried across the river to the studio, Dave Pegg remembers that Swarb’s favourite echoplex unit was dropped into the river as they unloaded the boat. “It still functioned after it was dried out, but it would only play a solo from “Sloth”.” At this stage the project had the working title “Once You’re Over The Brow, You’ve Got It Licked”. They soon reconvened at Island’s Hammersmith studios. Friends and acquaintances were invited to the studio including Martin Carthy – Swarb’s pre-Fairport colleague, and Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle – who were enjoying chart success at the time with Heart On My Sleeve. They even persuaded Nicol to leave the control room to add a guitar part on Limey’s Lament.”
More next time.