This the re-mixed & Eexpanded version of the 1974 release of: "Live Convention" is a vast improvement over the original LP/cassette and CD that came prior. The sound has been overhauled and re-mixed from the original tapes and five bonus tracks have increased the disc's running time to 74 minutes.
Fairport wisely recorded these shows: Sydney Opera House, Rainbow Theatre, London & Fairfield Hall, Croydon to capture the: Sandy Denny/Dave Swarbrick/Trevor Lucas/ Jerry Donahue, "Rising For The Moon" edition of Fairport Convention.
"Matty Groves" is the first track, and it's a good one from Sandy with Swarb leading the boys with nice solos on the fiddle (parts of this are mixed into the" Matty Mega-Mix" on the "UnConventional Box Set")." Rosie" & "Fiddlestix " are next and again showcase Swarb in fine form. Trevor get's the spotlight on: "Something You Got" and a very nice version of: "Sloth" is next with some very beautful guitar solos from Jerry and a wonderful bass solo from Mr. David Pegg, then Swarb goes "Cosmic" with his fiddle (one of the best of 3,128 recorded versions out there). This Sloth is one of the short ones at only 11 and a half minutes.
"Dirty Linen", "Down in the Flood" & "Sir B. MacKenzie" rap the original release, then we arrive at the bonus tracks. A brief introduction of the band members, then it's: "The Hexhamshire Lass" finely sung by Swarb with Dave Mattacks drums matching eveything Swarb does on his fiddle. Trevor performs: "Polly on the Shore" his best known tune and it's a stunner of a version. Next up is: "Bring Em' Down" and it's the gem of this expanded edition of: "Live Convention" at almost 14 minutes in length it's got Trevor's best vocal on disk and gives Swarb a chance to go ape$#!* on his fiddle with his effect pedals, it's brillant and just as cosmic as what Ric Sanders does live in the current line-up...fantastic track !!!
Things rap-up with: "Far From Me" a tune by John Prine that Trevor covers quite nicely with just his great voice and acoustic guitar. This one is another welcome addition to: "Live." Trevor, we miss you mate! The new closer for this disk is: "That'll Be The Day" to end things on a rock 'n' roll way with Sandy singing and Jerry screamin' on his Fender.
This new version is a big improvement over the old version. This is not a sonic marvel like the first two "Archive" releases but it's a solid 4-Star CD.
The booklet enclosed with five pages of notes by Jerry Donahue tells you ton's about the Austrailian / Asian tour that gives you these recordings and how much money Fairport was in debt by the end of said tour... Funny Stuff.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!