You are here

Number 99

Fairport Convention - Now Be Thankful (Island WIP6089 - 1970)

The first time I heard the folk rock outfit Fairport Convention was via probably the Island sampler Bumpers, released in the early 1970s, when Walk a While's infectious chorus drew me in as a curious observer. Within a short period of time I had the band's retrospective double LP set, The History of Fairport Convention, which in turn introduced me to such songs as Fotheringay, Crazy Man Michael and Matty Groves. One of the songs included on History was Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick's collaborative Now Be Thankful, a melodic hymn featuring Swarb's lead vocal. Tony Palmer's contemporary film documentary Live in Maidstone 1970 featured the Full House version of the band playing the song while army helicopters circled above the festival site. The single, which was released on the original pink Island label, is curious in that the B-side has one of the longest titles in the history of 45s, 'Sir B. McKenzie's Daughter's Lament For The 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat From The Straits Of Loch Knombe, In The Year Of Our Lord 1727, On The Occasion Of The Announcement Of Her Marriage To The Laird Of Kinleakie'. The A side however restricted the title to just three words.