Track 3 on Side One of the LP is a version of the epic traditional folk song “Jack O’Rion”, something I had first come across on acquiring Pentangle’s 1970 LP “Cruel Sister”, which featured their unique take on it. Here we have a more upbeat rendition, with much lilting violin, and Dave Swarbrick on vocals. The accompaniment is sparse, but cleverly varied in attempt to keep the listener’s interest. There is a solo violin break after the third verse, coming to a louder bit with bass and drums joining in. Then there comes an unaccompanied stanza followed by a jigs interlude! This sort of pattern in maintained, and indeed almost repeated, throughout. Towards the end is a long violin solo building up to a climax for the final verses. A very creditable stab at this one, which can be a bit of a dirge. This track ends Side One of the LP.
Side Two opens with what is Track 13 on the CD, “Reynard the Fox”. This has a super menacing bass intro, leading into a full harmony vocals blast of this traditional folk fox hunting song. This is truly classic Fairport Convention, with a great story, super tune and stirring words. Magic stuff.