Fairport Convention ‎– Liege & Lief

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An acclaimed and seminal album in the advancement of British 'Folk-Rock', "Liege & Lief" is the fourth album by Fairport Convention. Released in the UK on Island Records in December 1969 and supported by a sell-out concert at London's Royal Festival Hall, it resided in the UK's album charts for 15 weeks.

Recording:
Prior to recording, the band suffered the tragic loss of drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn, when their tour-bus crashed. In addition, Iain Matthews left, later to create "Matthews' Southern Comfort". The band regrouped and began rehearsals in a country house in Winchester, with Dave Mattacks filling Lamble's role and with violin virtuoso Dave Swarbrick joining the band full time, both of whom had appeared on the group's previous release, "Unhalfbricking". The band was completed by Richard Thompson & Simon Nicol on guitar, Ashley Hutchings on Bass Guitar and Sandy Denny on vocals. The producer was Joe Boyd, with engineering by John Wood at Sound Techniques, London.
Members Hutchings and Denny had departed the band by the time this was released in the USA.

Covers & Vinyl:
Released in gatefold sleeves. First issue sleeves, containing the pink Island label with the white 'i' logo, are 'lighter' in tone than the reissue. The reissue, containing the palm tree label, has a 'darker purple' appearance - released around the time of the USA issue, which has a similar 'delicacy' to the print as the early UK sleeve.
The images at the foot here may assist: Print Comparison.

Versions (86)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1969 Sell This Version
Y8I 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(8-Trk, Album) Island Records Y8I 9115 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SIL 934136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records SIL 934136 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1969 Sell This Version
63 43 008 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Philips 63 43 008 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
SP 4257, SP-4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records, A&M Records SP 4257, SP-4257 US 1970 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1970 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, MO) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1970 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP, Pin) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP, Pin) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP, Pin) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 Sell This Version
CIR 15016, ZCIR 15016 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records CIR 15016, ZCIR 15016 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SIL-934136, ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records SIL-934136, ILPS 9115 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
ICL 37 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ICL 37 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Ind) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1974 Sell This Version
ORL 8080 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 8080 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1976 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Mon) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1976 Sell This Version
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Island Records 89 226 XAT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
ICM 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album) Island Records ICM 9115 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ICM 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album) Island Records ICM 9115 UK 1986 Sell This Version
208 008 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 208 008 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9115 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP, Gat) A&M Records SP 4257 US 1986 Sell This Version
CID 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album) Island Records CID 9115 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ORL 19115, ORL 8080 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records ORL 19115, ORL 8080 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
CD 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records CD 4257 US 1988 Sell This Version
L 19062 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records L 19062 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, 842 608-2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ILPM 9115, 842 608-1 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records ILPM 9115, 842 608-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
PSCD-1126 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) Island Records PSCD-1126 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
CD 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records CD 4257 US 1992 Sell This Version
586 929-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM) Island Records 586 929-2 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
IMCD 291, 586 929-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM) Island Remasters, Island Records IMCD 291, 586 929-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM) Island Records, Island Remasters 586 929-2, IMCD 291 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Exp) Island Records, Island Remasters 586 929-2, IMCD 291 UK 2002 Sell This Version
UICY-9321 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Island Records UICY-9321 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
530 111-1 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) Island Records, Island Remasters 530 111-1 UK 2007 Sell This Version
UICY-90773 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Island Records UICY-90773 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
4M159 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M159 US 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93991/2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(2xCD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Pap) Island Records UICY-93991/2 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
UICY-20058 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Island Records UICY-20058 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
UIGY-9050 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Island Records UIGY-9050 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
0600753267271 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM) Island Remasters 0600753267271 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
SVLP 502 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Simply Vinyl SVLP 502 UK 2012 Sell This Version
378730-5 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, 180) Island Records 378730-5 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
UIGY-9623 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Island Records UIGY-9623 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
none Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Exp) Island Records none Italy 2015 Sell This Version
UIGY-15037 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(SACD, Album, RE, RM) Island Records UIGY-15037 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
378 730-5 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 378 730-5 US 2017 Sell This Version
674 924-7, 0602567492474 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pin) Island Records, Island Records 674 924-7, 0602567492474 UK 2018 Sell This Version
IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
none Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Private Area none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 60, CID 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, MP, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, CID 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CD 4257, 75021 4257 2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records, A&M Records CD 4257, 75021 4257 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CD 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records CD 4257 US Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 60, (842 608-2) Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, (842 608-2) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CD 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) A&M Records CD 4257 US Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 291 / 586 929-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Island Records IMCD 291 / 586 929-2 Unknown Sell This Version
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Island Records, Island Remasters 586 929-2, IMCD 291 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Island Records, Island Remasters 586 929-2, IMCD 291 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Island Records (2), Island Records (2) 586 929-2, IMCD 291 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CS-4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album) A&M Records CS-4257 US Unknown Sell This Version
ORK 719115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ORK 719115 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ZCIR 15016 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(Cass, Album, RE, Bla) Island Records ZCIR 15016 UK Unknown Sell This Version
L 34136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records L 34136 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
2310 019 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Polydor 2310 019 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SIL-934136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records SIL-934136 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 89 226 XAT Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
TIME 725 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat) Timeless (3) TIME 725 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ORL 19115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19115 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ORL 19115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19115 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ORL 8080 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 8080 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9115 Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Blu) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Blu) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 89 226 XAT Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) A&M Records SP 4257 US Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version
L 34136, L-34,136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records L 34136, L-34,136 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
ICM 9115 Fairport Convention Liege And Lief(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ICM 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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198517

198517

May 3, 2019
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, ILPS 9115

Perhaps Nick webb is cutting. My copy has a Nicz etch on the run out. Very high sound quality.
seftelc

seftelc

February 24, 2019
edited 6 months ago
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, Gat, ILPS 9115
My LP matches the first issue ILPS 9115, (https://www.discogs.com/Fairport-Convention-Liege-Lief/release/2024570) in every respect, except that the label shows the catalog number as ILPS 9115 A and ILPS 9115 B, does not have the witch logo or the names of the publishers.
baldmann

baldmann

February 20, 2019
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, 180, 378730-5

Excellent reissue of a fantastic album. Sounds really good. Recommended.
timtom

timtom

April 16, 2018
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M159
Very good quality vinyl. Highly recommended. Just received today from States. Clean sound with very good bass.
Musicfreak98

Musicfreak98

March 23, 2018
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, 180, 378730-5

Superb reissue - couldn't really be better. The remaster sounds really nice and the pressing is very clean.
WesHeadley

WesHeadley

March 18, 2018
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, Gat, 378 730-5

A beautiful album. However this pressing leaves much to be desired. The cover is cheap, the innersleeve is that horrid white paper that will scratch the LP upon removal or reinsertion- so must be replaced immediately. After cleaning, still I noticed excessive surface noise throughout. No info on what was used to cut the master, but I suspect it was the same digital file used to cut the CD as highes seem a bit shrill and the overall sound seems a bit compressed. A disappointing product overall. If you get a dud-- please return it-- it's the only way the labels will ever learn to stop churning out crap and calling it a "premium product".
NapalmBrain85

NapalmBrain85

September 12, 2017
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, Gat, ILPS 9115
This is one of the top 10 best albums of the 60s, essential listening
Glamulus

Glamulus

May 1, 2017
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, Gat, SP 4257
I have the same thing, folks. Can't find out much more about this version, but I'm glad to hear we're all in the same boat i.e. my copy doesn't appear to be a mix 'n match. Loving this group!
aoguy

aoguy

September 18, 2016
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, Gat, SP 4257
My US copy has a gatefold cover with the brown A&M label but unlike this one, under the tracks at bottom center, it has, "Produced by Joe Boyd for WITCHSEASON PRODUCTIONS".
larsmartinc

larsmartinc

March 22, 2016
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RP, Pin, ILPS 9115
My copy has the same label as this one but without the witch-on-broom logo. Matrix in runout reads ILPS9115 * A // 1 7 (side 1) and ILPS9115 * // 191 2C 1 (side 2)