Sunday, November 02, 2014

Full House Party: Cocktail Cowboy Cumpleaños

Happy Sunday, happy Daylight Savings Day -- or as they call it in bar culture, Last Call Deja Vu Day -- and what a fitting way to celebrate the extra hour of imbibing potential: by quaffing a pint in honor of today's birthday boy, the Cocktail Cowboy himself, bass beast Dave Pegg.
Peggy is 67 today, and to accelerate the occasion I am gonna post this delectable little French TV set from when the man first joined legendary Brit Folk-Rock progenitors Fairport Convention way back in the bell-bottomed days of 1970.
Yes, this is a tasty one, what with the lads blazing through jigs and reels and a 12-minute brood through "Sloth" (holy shit! Richard Thompson's solo in that!! Unreal he's only 20 here!!!) from their then-current masterpiece, the Full House record.
Ah, Full House, where Fairport proved that losing the founder of your band -- and additionally the greatest female singer of your country's 20th century -- don't mean you can't get up off the deck and rewrite the Folk-Rock playbook anyway. Many people believe this version of this band is the best one, and I am often inclined to agree.
So let's honor Peggy making it to 67 with this PAL DVD, sourced from a rebroadcast from a few years ago, of the Full House band doing their thing in living "POP2" black-n-white. It's only a half-hour, but it still gives a pretty great insight into what made this incarnation of FC so many people's favorite. And come on, you get all of "Sloth" -- the only existing footage of this band playing their signature tune -- one of the best anti-war tracks of all time.
Fairport Convention
Paris, France

01 Walk Awhile
02 Dirty Linen
03 Sloth
04 The Journeyman's Grace
05 Sir B. McKenzie's

Total time: 30:10

Dave Swarbrick - violin, vocals
Richard Thompson - guitar, vocals
Simon Nicol - guitar, vocals
Dave Pegg - bass, vocals
Dave Mattacks - drums

PAL DVD sourced from a recent rebroadcast
Wow, that's a lotta Daves for one band; I wonder if it ever got confusing during roll call at their famous pub-domicile, The Angel. But we are here to celebrate the advent of one Dave in particular, and I hope you'll enjoy this blazing 30 minutes of vintage Fairport as a tribute to Mr. Pegg, born this day back in 1947!--J.

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