Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief
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.
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