I threatened to do this if Tfarney would do the Richard Thompson solo/spousal albums. Fairport Convention 1968 Polydor (1st US release, 1970, Cotillion) Personnel: Ian MacDonald, vocals, jews harp Judy Dyble: vocals, autoharp, recorder, piano Richard Thompson: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin Simon Nicol: vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, banjo, violin Anthony "Tyger" Hutchings: bass, jug Martin Lamble: percussion, violin Track Listing: 1. Time Will Show the Wiser 2. I Don't Know Where I Stand 3. If (Stomp) 4. Decameron 5. Jack O'Diamonds 6. Portfolio 7. Chelsea Morning 8. Sun Shade 9. The Lobster 10. It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft 11. One Sure Thing 12. M.1 Breakdown producer Joe Boyd This is quite the odd bird in the Fairport catalog. It is quite American influenced, and the group had obviously been listening to a lot of the California bands. In fact, in a bit of extreme irony, American Joe Boyd indicated that it was their American sound that first attracted them to him leading to their signing. Ian MacDonald was, if memory serves, added to the lineup after their signing, to beef up their vocals. This would be the only album of their on which he appeared. It was also the only album done with Judy Dyble, the Signe Anderson of the group. Her showcase is the beautiful cover of Joni Mitchell's "I Don't Know Where I Stand." The album is about an even mix of covers and originals. Other standouts are the cover of The Merry-go-round's "Time Will Show The Wiser," "Decameron" written by Richard Thompson, Paul Ghosh and Andrew Horvitch (anyone know who these two are?), the psychedelic "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Wichcraft" and "One Sure Thing" by Harvey Brooks and Jim Glover (again, any enlightenment as to who these writers are would be appreciated). Despite the massive changes between this and the second album, this is a strong debut. ???? BTW, I'm currently playing the Cotillion release, and it features a different mix on some of the tracks from the Polydor cd. The difference on Time was startling.