Over the Next Hill

Over the Next Hill

by Fairport ConventionFairport Convention


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This album comes at a time of big changes for Fairport, with their own new label, and a face into the future, as the title implies. That's all brought a new attitude to the music, with a slightly rawer, more rocking feel, as on "Wait for the Tide to Come In," where Simon Nicol's electric guitar work simply sparkles. The oldest member of a long-running band, Nicol even takes lead vocals on a reworking on their 1969 hit "Si Tu Dois Partir," which even manages to incorporate the percussion break from original drummer Martin Lamble, thanks to the magic of technology, and thus connects the present to the past in more ways than one. Elsewhere the songs are of a consistently high standard, with Chris Leslie's "I'm Already There" a standout. In a couple of places the music veers toward that comfortable middle of the road space Fairport's carved out over the last few years, but they seem to jerk themselves away before becoming too complacent about the music. And when they do veer into instrumental work, "Canny Capers" is the equal of anything they've managed in the past, the twists and gyrations of its lines both daunting and entertaining. There's only one traditional song on this disc, "Winter Wassail," with its small surprises that proves great satisfaction. So what does this say about Fairport for the future? Other than they'll still be there, and that they're in the process of taking a long hard look at themselves, not a great deal. But if this new attitude and grit persists, there'll be plenty of excellent music ahead.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397439129
catalogNumber: 974391
Rank: 71417

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fairport Convention   Primary Artist
Simon Nicol   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Pegg   Vocals,5-string Bass
Gerry Conway   Percussion,Drums
Chris Leslie   Mandolin,Violin,Ukulele,Vocals,Native American Flute,Electronic Mandolin
Ric Sanders   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin
Rob Armstrong   Mandolin,Vocals,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mike Burnham   Violin
Andy Holliman   Violin
Chris Myring   electronics

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Tilston   Composer
Chris Leslie   Composer
Chris Parkinson   Composer
Julie Matthews   Composer
Ric Sanders   Composer
Ben Bennion   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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