For a very long time indeed, Unhalfbricking was my favourite album of all time, and even now it remains my second favourite after Wildflowers by Judy Collins.
It was not the first Fairport LP I bought; that was Liege & Lief, which was the first one I ever heard, and by which I had been immediately captivated.
I had the Si Tu Dois Partir single, with Genesis Hall on the B side; I also had Cajun Woman on the sampler Nice Enough to Eat. This being so, I knew I had to get the record as soon as I could. This was despite the fact that I had been told that some 13 minutes of the album was like Reynardine, the track I liked least on Liege & Lief.
I was 15 years old and still at school, and I had a schoolfriend who had the LP and was prepared to sell it to me for £2, slightly less than its full price new, and would let me pay for it at 10 pence per week, delivery on final payment.
The deal was done, and I became the proud and delighted owner of a lovely pink label copy of Unhalfbricking: