As mentiond briefly above (“1976 and 1977”), 1977 was a good year for me, a bit like 1975 had been (see also above), though in slightly different ways. 1978 would turn out to be a rather difficult year, as we shall see in due course, but that did see the second and final studio album by this line-up of the group.
I do not have a CD of either of these albums, but I do have one which has both of them on. The insert has some notes about this former LP, which start thus:
“In 1992 [the year the CD was released], the predominant format for recorded music is the compact disc (CD), and while the majority of Fairport’s repertoire has appeared in this form, there are a few albums which for various reasons have not only never appeared on CD, but have also been unavailable in any format for some years. One such significant gap relates to the group’s 1977 album, “The Bonny Bunch of Roses”, described in “Meet on the Ledge – A History of Fairport Convention” by Patrick Humphries (EEl Pie Books, 1982) as “one of those albums that Fairport were able to come up with when all the cards were stacked against them”.”
We finish these notes next time.