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Angel Delight
Ragged Heroes
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Half-Remembered Albion Hymns
A Country Scrap Book
This Green & Pleasant Land
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Another Albion Daughter
Literary Heritage
Will I See Thee More
Lost Empires
Everyday Films
Ampleforth/Lay Me Low
The Gresford Disaster
Fairport Un-Convention-al
Angel Delight
John "Babbacombe" Lee
Band Of Hope
Georgia On Our Minds
Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Musical Traditions
Adventures In The Tradition
Poor Old Horse
Son Of Morris On
The Transports
The Transports II
Ragged Links

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In which Richard Thompson exits the Fairport lineup, and the band is reduced to a quartet of Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick, Dave Pegg, and Dave Mattacks. The loss of big guns Ashley Hutchings, Thompson and Sandy Denny was felt, but amazingly, although it isn't nearly as well known as Liege and Lief or Full House, this record reached the highest chart position of any Fairport LP, making number eight in England. Swarbrick led the group in even more of a traditional British folk vein. By now everybody involved was singing (with Nicol and Swarbrick usually alternating on lead), and they managed to pull it off, mostly by virtue of the honesty of their voices and instrumental work almost as vital and animated as any in their history. From the beautifully sung and exciting opener "Lord Marlborough," the album should strike a responsive chord with any folk or folk-rock enthusiast--especially enjoyable are the singing on the buoyantly humorous title track and the viola/violin duet between Swarbrick and Nicol on "Bridge Over The River Ash."

Dave Mattacks


Bass, Drums, Piano, Vocals

Simon Nicol


Bass, Dulcimer, Guitar, Viola, Vocals

Dave Pegg


Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocals

Dave Swarbrick


Mandolin, Mandoline, Violin, Vocals

John Wood


Engineer, Producer

 Angel Delight

John the Wood went out one day
To view the scene from a different angle
He stood and watched a child at play
A-tinkling on an old triangle
Dave the Drum who was passing by
Bought the toy with a coin he'd picked up
You should have seen the gleam in his eye
As he saw a tune he's gleaned up, shined up
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Out in the rain if you want a cup of tea
Dodge the puddles in the yard
The lord of the land's coming round to complain
It's hard
The peacock flew to a very high tree
He didn't like grass or concrete fairies
Put me where the action is
I'd rather be with the next-door hairies
Simon spied the bathroom door
In his hand's a herb shampoo
Waiting for the waters raw
So little time, so much to do
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Stand in a line, take a book along
There's time for a game of cards
Now it's your turn and the water's all gone
It's cold
The next to appear was the . . .
He needs a rest or at least he says so
You probably think that he's flipped his lid
'Cos he wears high heels and a snow-white trousseau
Five foot three yet he stands so tall
And on the ground his feet are never
Friends may come and friends may go
But the fiddle bill goes on for ever
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
The music room would make you grin
It's cold as a freezing pit
There's a hole in the wall where a lorry came in
Let's split
I quite like a breast of chicken
And I'm crazy about aspic and roast quails
But the sight to make my pulse rate quicken
Is a dozen nice fat snails
On the other hand, there's Pegg on the bass
Whose tastes in food are very much wider
You'll see a smile light up his face
At a couple of kippers and a glass of cider
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Stand on a chair if you want to watch the box
The fleas can jump a mile
Peer through the haze watching Top Of The Pops
And smile.

Angel Delight: back cover

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Angel Delight. album insert 1

Sir William Gower

I am a sailor, both
                                    stout and strong
                                    To a goodly vessel I do belong
                                    Well guard and anchored and well equipped
                                    Sir William Gower and a very fine ship
                                    Our captain in his cabin lay
                                    When a dreadful voice to him did say
                                    "This night with me in the deep you'll be
                                    So prepare yourself and your company"
                                    The sky grew dark and the sea grew still
                                    Though the men were fearful and the air was chill
                                    Sir William rose to meet his men
                                    Saying "Hear me now for I'll not speak again"
                                    "I loved my mother when she was alive
                                    And to my sister I gave babies five
                                    I killed my wife and her children three
                                    So I now must face what has come for me"
                                    "You'll lash a timber close to my side
                                    And throw me out on the water wide
                                    And if I swim then let me be
                                    But if I sink them pray for me"
                                    So we tied his head and we tied his feet
                                    And around his middle a winding sheet
                                    At every knot the sea did stir
                                    Grew ready for the murderer
                                    And then we saw his open grave
                                    The likeness of a single wave
                                    That swept our ship from her stern to her bow
                                    And bore away Sir William Gower
                                    Recorded by Fairport Convention on Angel Delight

Angel Delight. album insert 2

Angel Delight  June. 1971

 Side One
Lord Marlborough
Sir William Gower
Bridge over the River Ash
Wizard of the Worldly Game
The Journeyman's Grace
Side Two
Angel Delight
Banks of the Sweet Primroses
Instrumental Medley:
The Cuckoo's Nest/
Hardiman the Fiddler/
Papa Stoor.
The Bonny Black Hare
Sickness and Diseases

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