What does it sound like?:
A 2 cd compilation collecting together four remastered solo albums by Dave Swarbrick, who passed away in 2015.
Always an influential figure, he is of course best known for his groundbreaking work with Fairport Convention. These solo works recorded between 1976 and 1983 allow him to indulge in his love of traditional folk music, and comprise the first and second albums followed by the fifth and sixth.
The albums are largely instrumental efforts, and for me the first two, which overflow onto the second cd, have the pick of the material. Having said that, the second disc does include a number of performances from what was effectively a one off reunion of the Fairport’s classic 1970 line up. Indeed, Richard Thompson’s guitar and mandolin do feature prominently on many of these tracks, which all come from the same 1980 sessions, as does the Pegg-Mattacks rhythm section.
No bonus tracks as such although there are four tracks making their first appearance on cd, and an honourable mention too for the excellent sleeve notes by the venerable Colin H of this parish.
What does it all *mean*?
Note that this set is not related to the 2004 anthology of the same title, which complied a selection of tracks from these albums with live material from the same era.
Goes well with…
Fairport, folk music – traditional or otherwise. It would be nice if the ‘missing’ and rather obscure third and fourth albums could be licensed for a long overdue appearance on cd.
Might suit people who like…
Folk rock at its finest!