The Plainsman - Fairport Convention - Rosie (Vinyl, LP, Album)

Donahue's distinctive guitar contribution is one of the notable aspects of this album. Because of the uncertainties over personnel when some tracks were recorded, various members of the 'Fairport family' help out. Conway plays on three other tracks, with Timi Donald playing drums on three more, while Ralph McTell provides the guitar picking on "Me with You". Much of the content reflects the influence of Dave Swarbrick, who wrote four tracks and takes the lead vocal part on six.

The arrival of Lucas gave a powerful voice which features on his songs "Knights of the Road" and "The Plainsman" - the latter with a traditional tune is one of the outstanding tracks. The whimsical "Hungarian Rhapsody" is a Dave Pegg composition and he also wrote "Peggy's Pub", one of two instrumentals.

This is an enjoyable and varied album from a band in transition and which was to reach its peak with the next album, 'Nine'. Okay, by this time the adventurous of the first 5 albums has disappeared and the songwriting is markedly inferior. However, it still possesses a certain charm. No band could fail to be affected by the departure of key members Ashley Hutchings, Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson although the latter two guest on the first track but this is still worthwhile.

This is around the point where Fairport Convention virtually turned into a brand where members came and went. There are some embarrasing songs on this album, I could do without the on the road tale of 'Hungarian Rhapsody' for instance. Most of the songs are written by either Pegg or Swarbrick who are both workmanlike rather than inspired and are not great lyricists.

However, lest you think I don't like this album it is reasonably entertaining and does have a not entirely unbecoming mellowness to it. The title track 'Rosie' is a straightforward ballad which, for some odd reason, makes me feel vaguely nostalgic for seventies summers. The fifth track 'The Plainsman' is excellent. The bonus live tracks, by and large, don't really improve on the studio versions and the sound is a bit boxy.

The package includes sleeve notes by Jerry Donahue who does note that this was a transitional album which is kind of how it feels. Actually, I've been listening to the album whilst writing this and the simplicity and evocativeness of some of the songs are starting to grow on me.

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION Rosie ( UK track vinyl LP on the pink rim Island 'palm tree' label, their eighth studio album was also the first to feature Trevor Lucas and Jerry Donahue, both of who had played with Sandy Denny in Fotheringay.

9 Replies to “The Plainsman - Fairport Convention - Rosie (Vinyl, LP, Album)”

  1. Rosie is a album by British folk rock band Fairport Convention, their eighth album since their debut in The album was the first to include Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist Trevor Lucas and American lead guitarist Jerry chnagadardesema.lapnetptechycabolahaserukagols.co: British folk rock.
  2. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Rosie on Discogs. Label: Island Records - ILPS • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock/5(41).
  3. Label: Island Records - IT • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock Fairport Convention - Rosie (, Vinyl) | Discogs Explore/5(3).
  4. Label: Island Records - ILPS ,Island Records - 86 IT • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock Fairport Convention - Rosie (Vinyl) | /5.
  5. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Rosie on Discogs. Label: A&M Records - SP • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock/5(3).
  6. Label: A&M Records - SP • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Promo Pitman Pressing • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock Fairport Convention - Rosie (, Pitman Pressing, Vinyl) | Discogs.
  7. Rosie, an Album by Fairport Convention. Released in February on Island (catalog no. ILPS ; Vinyl LP). Genres: Folk Rock. Featured peformers: Jerry Donahue (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Trevor Lucas (acoustic guitar, vocals, producer), Dave Mattacks (drums, percussion, vocals), Dave Pegg (bass, mandolin, vocals), Dave Swarbrick (aka_text fiddle role_id aka_text.
  8. Rosie is the eigth full-length studio album by British folk rock act Fairport Convention. After the excellent Babbacombe Lee () big changes occoured in the band´s lineup. Simon Nicol left the band and former Fotheringay members Trevor Lucas (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Jerry Donahue (guitar) joined/5(4).
  9. Rosie is one of the Fairport Convention albums released when they were operating a "revolving door" with a range band members coming and going.. Other reviews have given the line-up for this one, so I won't repeat it. To my mind, this album is good and it has its moments. But its not their best/5(14).

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