Fairport Convention - "Babbacombe" Lee (1971) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 280 Mb
British Folk Rock, British Folk, Progressive Folk | Island | # IMCD308, 982 150-1 | 00:50:11
Fairport Convention's only concept album was built around the story of John "Babbacombe" Lee, a convicted killer who survived three attempts to hang him. Cut by the four-man Fairport lineup of Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Mattacks, and Dave Pegg, the original album was a self-contained work with a specific beginning and ending. It's also never been much more than cult item in the group's early catalog, despite some spirited playing on "Little Did I Think," "I Was Sixteen, Pt. 2," "St. Ninian's Isle/Trumpet Hornpipe," and "Sailor's Alphabet." The slipcased "Island Remasters" keeps the concept and the original album's content intact – with killer sound as expected, and each song now getting its own index number – and appends a pair of bonus tracks that justify the purchase. The first is "Farewell to a Poor Man's Son," a "lost" song by the group from the BBC program on John Lee that was the inspiration for the album, and "Breakfast in Mayfair," both from an earlier lineup of the band featuring Jerry Donahue.