transitional tales told
Fairport Convention

Island ILPS 9102 (LP, UK, July 1969)

Sound Techniques Studio, March / April 1969.
Produced by Joe Boyd, Simon Nicol & Fairport.
Engineered by John Wood

Sandy Denny lead vocals, harpsichord
Ashley Hutchings
vocals, bass guitar
Martin Lamble percussion
Simon Nicol
vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer
Richard Thompson vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer, piano accordion, organ

Dave Swarbrick fiddle on Cajun Woman, A Sailor's Life and Si Tu Dois Partir and mandolin on Million Dollar Bash
Trevor Lucas triangle on Si Tu Dois Partir
Marc Ellington vocals on Million Dollar Bash
Ian Matthews backing vocals on Percy's Song

Ian Matthews was no longer in the line-up, and Dave Swarbrick guested on three tracks. A Sailor's Life, though we didn't know it at the time, was a sign-post, pointing in the direction that Fairport was to take.....and this was also the last album on which Martin Lamble was to be on the drummers stool. Returning from a gig in Birmingham on the 12th May, 1969, the band's van crashed killing  Martin(2nd from the left, above) and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklin. Ashley Hutchings was hospitalised for two months with acute facial injuries. There was, I think, a point in time the Fairport considered packing it in, but fortunately they didn't, because greater things were in the offing.

side 1.

Genesis Hall
(R Thompson) 3:37

Si Tu Dois Partir
(B Dylan) 2:25

(S Denny) 4:22
A Sailor`s Life
(trad. arr.) 11:16
side 2.
Cajun Woman
(R Thompson) 2:45

Who Knows Where The Time Goes
(S Denny) 5:08

Percy's Song
(B Dylan) 7:52

Million Dollar Bash
(B Dylan) 2:55