My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Liege & Lief was recorded during the final months of 1969 and was released in December of the same year. By the time the album came out, lead vocalist Sandy Denny had left the group.
What I think: Again, we have a Fairport Convention album that surprises me in its genre mixing beauty. This album leans even more towards rock than Unhalfbricking, but still maintains a very strong British Folk sound. Part of the move towards rock is in new drummer Mattacks style which really uses a rock technique to bring some clashing elements to the music that work great. Like the last album, Sandy Dennys voice is the stand out here. Her heavily British accented vocals have a very classic element to them, but there is a touch of Grace Slick to them that adds to the theme of clashing styles.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really agree that this should be here. An album like this is why I’m doing this project. I would never have picked this up and would have never known how captivating it is.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (138/179)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%