September 24, 2015

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (1969)


Fairport Convention lowkey dropped three albums in 1969 that were not only all fantastic, but very different from each other. Liege & Lief is the middle album and puts the British in British folk rock; it more obviously incorporates British folk standards and slang from What We Did On Our Holidays and lays off American folk rock influence on Unhalfbricking. Sandy Denny joined the group as lead singer on the previous album, but takes on a larger role and sounds more confident on Liege & Lief. Richard Thompson of course further develops his exceptional guitar skills like he's straight up battling with God and is an important factor in this dope fusion of electric rock and traditional British music. Liege & Lief is probably the most influential British folk rock album (Astral Weeks is a little too unique for that title), and was the launchpad for groups like Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, and even Nick Drake. A classic album that many people in my generation do not know about, but I know would love.

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Liege & Lief