In February 1973, I bought the first LP I had ever bought with UK VAT imposed on it; instead of costing £2, it was £2.30.
This was “Rosie”, allegedly by Fairport Convention, but it was anyone’s guess as to who comprised the band. The record was not unpleasant, and had 2 high points. Firstly, Richard Thompson played typically amazing lead guitar on the otherwise rather soppy title track. Secondly, Trevor Lucas sang on a really great track, “The Plainsman”.
Later that year, a real 5 man band, comprising Dave Mattacks, Dave Swarbrick, and three fifths of Fotheringay, toured Australia! This was not a clever thing to do if the idea was to show a profit. However, in November 1973 that band (having no original member in it) released “Nine”, which turned out to be a very good LP indeed.
Towards the end of the year, Richard Thompson teamed up with Linda Peters, and they subsequently married. Given the content of his songs to date, this was never going to be one of those long lasting, happy things, was it?