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Thread #146981   Message #3405439
Posted By: GUEST
15-Sep-12 - 10:08 PM
Thread Name: Fairport on BBC4 Tonight
Subject: RE: Fairport on BBC4 Tonight
I'm with David Owen to some extent - I don't think Liege & Lief stands the test of time other than possibly to people with lots of nostalgia who don't get out much musically any more. However I'm also with The Borchester Echo in acknowledging its immediate effects when it came out. Unfortunately its longer term effects have been in persuading second rate sub-pub-rock musicians that teaming up with people who can't play folk music very well might be a combination worth pursuing. I'd say the early Steeleye Span records pre-drummer have stood the test of time better. The moment they added the drummer it also started making them sound ploddy and dated.

These days both bands are utterly dreadful and should have been pensioned off years ago, along with the Albion Band (including the new one). Folk rock was a half-baked idea that had a few great moments but has outstayed its welcome by about 35 years. The Fairport concert televised on Friday was dull, boring and a very bad advert for a currently thriving, energetic folk scene full of great young (and some old) imaginative musicians. And the singing was utterly dire.

And Guest Klumper, everybody knows the greatest ever Folk Rock LP was "London Calling". ;-)