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.

Tracklist

Come All Ye 4:55
Reynardine 4:33
Matty Groves 8:08
Farewell, Farewell 2:38
The Deserter 4:10
Medley 4:00
The Lark In The Morning
Rakish Paddy
Foxhunter's Jig
Toss The Feathers
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Tam Lin 7:20
Crazy Man Michael 4:35

Versions (48)

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
SIL-934136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records SIL-934136 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
2310 019 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Polydor 2310 019 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SP 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) 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) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ILPS 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 1970 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
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 89 226 XAT Benelux 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
TIME 725 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat) Timeless (3) TIME 725 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9115 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9115 UK 1986 Sell This Version
208 008 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 208 008 Europe 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
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
586 929-2, IMCD 291 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Exp) Island Records, Island Remasters 586 929-2, IMCD 291 UK & 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 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
4M159 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M159 US 2008 Sell This Version
UIGY-9050 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(SACD, Album, OBI) 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
none Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE, RM, Exp) Island Records, Island Remasters, Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso S.p.A. none Italy 2015 Sell This Version
CD 4257 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album) A&M Records CD 4257 US Unknown 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, 842 608-2 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 60, 842 608-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
L 34136 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album) Island Records L 34136 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, Gat) Island Records 89 226 XAT Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
L 19062 Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE) Island Records L 19062 Australia 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) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK 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
89 226 XAT Fairport Convention Liege & Lief(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Island Records 89 226 XAT Netherlands 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, Gat) Island Records ILPS 9115 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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larsmartinc

larsmartinc

March 22, 2016
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RP, 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)
pierre044

pierre044

August 6, 2015
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, Gat, ILPS 9115
Hi did you read my question about the records ? Original first uk ?
seventies

seventies

July 16, 2013
referencing Liege & Lief, LP, Album, RE, ILPS 9115
On my LP are as runout:
Side 1: ILPS 9115 A-2U-1-1-7 and Hand written: GW
Side 2: ILPS 9115 B-1 and Hand written: NICK W'S CUT

Any ideas?