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What We Did On Our Holidays [UK Bonus Tracks]

What We Did On Our Holidays [UK Bonus Tracks]

by Fairport ConventionFairport Convention

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Sandy Denny's haunting, ethereal vocals gave Fairport a big boost on her debut with the group. A more folk-based album than their initial effort, What We Did on Our Holidays was divided between original material and a few well-chosen covers. This contains several of their greatest moments: Denny's "Fotheringay," Richard Thompson's "Meet on the Ledge," the obscure Joni Mitchell composition "Eastern Rain," the traditional "She Moves Through the Fair," and their version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine." And more than simply being a collection of good songs (with one or two pedestrian ones), it allowed Fairport to achieve its greatest internal balance, and indeed one of the finest balances of any major folk-rock group. The strong original material, covers of little-known songs by major contemporary songwriters such as Dylan and Mitchell, and updates of traditional material were reminiscent of the blend achieved by the Byrds on their early albums, with Fairport Convention giving a British slant to the idiom. The slant would become much more British by the end of the 1960s, though, both gaining and losing something in the process. Confusingly, What We Did on Our Holidays was titled Fairport Convention in its initial U.S. release, with a different cover from the U.K. edition as well, although Fairport's very first album from 1968 had used the title Fairport Convention as well. In the CD age, the title was standardized in all territories to What We Did on Our Holidays. [The 2003 CD reissue of this record adds historical liner notes and three bonus tracks from the same era, one from a BBC broadcast, one from a non-LP B-side, and one a studio outtake. The non-LP B-side, "Throwaway Street Puzzle," is indeed a throwaway blues-rock song, as is their mediocre cover of Muddy Waters' "You're Gonna Need My Help" (from the BBC). The studio outtake, a version of the Everly Brothers' "Some Sweet Day," is OK, but far inferior to the less inhibited BBC one from the same time frame that appears on the Heyday collection.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0044006359724
catalogNumber: 063597
Rank: 39085


  1. Fotheringay
  2. Mr. Lacey
  3. Book Song
  4. The Lord Is in This Place...How Dreadful Is This Place
  5. No Man's Land
  6. I'll Keep It With Mine
  7. Eastern Rain
  8. Nottamun Town
  9. Tale in Hard Time
  10. She Moves Through the Fair
  11. Meet on the Ledge
  12. End of a Holiday
  13. Throwaway Street Puzzle
  14. You're Gonna Need My Help
  15. Some Sweet Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fairport Convention   Primary Artist
Clare Lowther   Cello

Technical Credits

Sandy Denny   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Fairport Convention   Arranger
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
John Wood   Engineer
Ashley Hutchings   Composer,Liner Notes,Track Annotations,Sleeve Notes
Simon Nicol   Composer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Martin Lamble   Composer,Contributor
Ian Matthews   Composer
John Walters   Producer
Phil Smee   CD Package Design

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