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ARTIST
TITLE
Babbacome Lee
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
IMCD 308 IMCD 308
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/10/2005

2004 Island Remaster series reissue of this album, originally released in 1971 on Island Records. With 2 bonus tracks (one w/ Sandy Denny). "The group's only concept album (similar in some ways to the Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow), built around the life story of John 'Babbacombe' Lee, a Victorian-era condemned murderer. Lee's story, from his boyhood poverty to his time in the Royal Navy, his being invalided out and forced to work in the service of Miss Keyes, to her murder and his sentence of death, and the failure of the gallows three times, is told in song, and all but one of those songs are originals. The all-male Fairport seldom sang better, nor did the post-Thompson band ever play with more panache, and some of the songs are beautiful -- but a few are lugubrious, and as with most other concept albums, the fit between the songs and the larger subject ultimately isn't entirely comfortable for the listener."