Side 2 of the LP starts with what is Track 6 on the CD, “Don’t Be Late” (3.21). This another ragtime blues thing, here in a distinctly Chas ‘n’ Dave style, but without the Cockney accents.; rather, with a Brummy (Birmingham UK) one. There is also more “barber shop quartet” close harmony stuff in the choruses. Notably, this song features a lot of saxophone.
Track 7 is “Sandy’s Song” expanded thus on the CD: “(A.K.A. Take Away The Load)” (3.34). This song, written by Sandy Denny, really does sound terribly wrong. It would probably have come over better if she had sung it, but I do not know if any such recording exists, even on the 19 CD Box Set, a copy of which I have. Even without her, it would have been much improved if it had used a more “Fairport Convention” style of accompaniment.
Track 8 is “Friendship Song” again expanded on the CD: “(A.K.A. Come And Get It)” (3.00). Here once more we have the Brummy Chas ‘n’ Dave effect, and also more “barber shop quartet” stuff in the refrains, and indeed as a sort of continuo throughout. As at the end of Side 1 of the LP, we have a seamless elision into the final track on Side 2 of the LP, Track 9 on the CD, “Limey’s Lament” (4.36). In the context of the wrong sounding nature of the album, this actually makes a fair fist of a finale. The song features thumping drums with the swirling organ, which softens the wrongness a little, but the organ remains much in evidence all the way through. It is in a rap style done folkily (!!), with the “barber shop quartet” close harmony comprising much of the vocals. Simon Nicol plays guitar on this , so the piece is not as funky as elsewhere on the record, but it still doesn’t sound right.
The CD comes with a single bonus track, Track 10, “Angles Brown” (4.00). Musically this is much like the songs on the LP, with all their inherent wrongness; and so we have much in the way of swirling organ and gently funky guitar. Otherwise, this is actually not a bad little song, being a fairly conventional folky narrative about a chap called Angles Brown.
Farewell, Fairport; may ye rest in peace.