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Album Review

The Airing Cupboard Tapes first appeared in 1981 as a mail-order cassette from Wormwood Records. Recorded live at various Fairport Convention shows between 1971 and 1974, the tape was compiled by Fairport drummer Dave Mattacks and became sort of a touchstone for die-hard fans. Calling this a definitive live set from the band might be stretching things since Fairport Convention have had a dizzying array of lineups and personnel combinations over the years, but it is a pleasant and varied listen, catching this innovated folk-rock outfit at a particular point in its history. Fans will be delighted that the late Sandy Denny appears on five tracks here, including yet another fine performance of her signature song, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes."


Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The best British folk-rock band of the late '60s, Fairport Convention did more than any other act to develop a truly British variation on the folk-rock prototype by drawing upon traditional material and styles indigenous to the British Isles. While the revved-up renditions of traditional British folk tunes drew the most critical attention, the group members were also (at least at the outset) talented songwriters as well as interpreters. They were comfortable with conventional harmony-based folk-rock...
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