Friday, 16 November 2012
Top 102 Albums. No 96. Liege and Lief
Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention
Once again I would like to repeat that these albums are appearing in no particular order. And sometimes a day late - yesterday I didn't have a chance to post. I'll try to catch up tonight.
If they were this wouldn't be appearing for quite a while. It was a difficult choice between this and Unhalfbricking as the Fairport album to include.
Unhalfbricking, amoung others has the magnificent Who Knows Where the Time Goes but this has its equals, and doesn't have a weak track. The highlight for me is Matty Groves. I just love the existential howl of Richard Thompson's guitar at the end. I don't think it fanciful to hear some of the grief and pain which he was going through at the time expressed in his playing. The band had been involved in a car accident and drummer Martin Lambe and Thompson's girlfriend were killed. These lines must have been difficult to hear.
"And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free.
I'd rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you and your finery"
And then there is Sandy Denny's voice. Both Thompson and Denny are still in the running to put in another appearance on this list.