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Liege & Lief

Liege & Lief

by Fairport Convention Fairport Convention
Liege & Lief

Liege & Lief

by Fairport Convention Fairport Convention


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England's Fairport Convention offended as many as they thrilled when they decided to blare Celtic songs on electric instruments back in 1969. But no one could write them off. The blazing constellation of talent, the strength of their grip on trad material, the sheer exuberance of LIEGE & LIEF could not be dismissed. From the opening mission statement of "Come All Ye," ("Come all ye roving minstrels/and together we will try/to rouse the spirit of the earth/and move the rolling sky"), to the tragic denouement of "Crazy Man Michael," LIEGE & LIEF is a watershed in folk music history. Richard Thompson's gnarly guitar reels dance on a thrilling edge between the technical precision of trad music and the entropic release of overdriven psychedelia -- a perfect partner for Dave Swarbrick's spiraling fiddle lines. And St. Sandy Denny's voice still stuns with its clarity and force. The eerie shock of "Matty Groves," the quintessential forbidden love and class- war ballad remains even after thousands of listens. Being English, Fairport are technically not a "Celtic" band. But they drank from Celtic waters, and hey, it's a rare traditional music lover who doesn't gush all purple at mere mention of LIEGE & LIEF.

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Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021425729
catalogNumber: 4257
Rank: 62470


  1. Come All Ye
  2. Reynardine
  3. Matty Groves
  4. Farewell, Farewell
  5. The Deserter
  6. Medley: The Lark in the Morning/Rakish Paddy/The Foxhunter's Jig/Toss T
  7. Tam Lin
  8. Crazy Man Michael

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