Recorded during Fairport Convention
's September 1970 shows in Los Angeles (their second visit to the city in six months), House Full
captures the four-piece Full House
lineup at its zenith -- a point proven by the marathon renditions of "Sloth" and "Matty Groves," which are among its epic highlights. Anybody who thought Sandy Denny
was the only person who could convincingly perform the latter is certainly in for a pleasant surprise, as is anyone who thought the Albion Band
's version of "Battle of the Somme" was the definitive rendition. By year's end, however, this particular Fairport Convention
lineup shattered, as Richard Thompson
moved on to a solo career. This performance, with its taste of two songs originally intended for a presplit new album, is a vivid portrayal of all that listeners lost when he went.