|Comprising four themed CDs - 148 Page Book - definitive 'Family Tree' - Cropredy Souvenir Booklet - 75 digitally-remastered tracks - (over 95% unavailable!) - Over 5 hours of Music
CD1: FAIRPORT ? A HISTORY -A chronological overview of the band's career with singles, key moments, live tracks and rare versions of songs that tell their complete story
CD2: RAREPORT CONVENTION - A collection of hard-to-find and unreleased material including B-sides, private material, 'lost' sessions, Live tracks, radio & TV tracks
CD3: A FAIRPORT HISTORY - The Fairport songs telling epic tales from British history
CD4: CLASSIC CONVENTION - The core Fairport repertoire, with mostly non-standard and unreleased versions This is the first in-depth anthology of Fairport Convention's music and 35-year career, from their earliest demo-tape to their latest CD!
The full extent of Fairport's 35-year career is covered and the set also includes:
- Music from every Fairport line-up - including those never released
- Legendary "lost" recordings: Babbacombe Lee TV special, 1st performance of "Sailor's Life", the Manor Sessions etc..
- Out-takes and alternate takes from all key albums
- Music selected from over 1,500 tracks, from hundreds of rare and unreleased sources
- The set includes over 5 hours of music, almost every track a rarity!
- Of the set's 75 tracks: almost all are deleted or impossible-to-find, even via collectors' tapes and fan bootlegs; 73 tracks are available on CD for the first time!
- 4 individually-cased and bookletted CDs in luxury long-box format
- a generous 148+ page book (also available separately / fpbk01). With discography, source and cover versions, alternate recordings, Nigel Schofield biography, track-by-track analysis, band history, many interviews, listening lists, and a Fairport rare picture archive
- A free extra CD - 'The Best and the Guests' - The Cropredy Rarities CD (write-in offer with first 5000 sold ? still available!)
- The definitive Pete Frame "Family Tree" poster of Fairport's entire career to date (now available separately / frptree )
- A souvenir 'Cropredy Chronicles' booklet , with every Poster featured, and with set-lists, embarrassing pictures and 'my first Cropredy' guest & fan reminiscences (now available separately / fpcc01 )
- Full Woodworm and Free Reed Revival Masters CD catalogues
It's similar in size, scope, concept and completeness to "The Carthy Chronicles" , the award-winning Four-CD Boxed set of the music and career of Martin Carthy , that we released in April 2001 - that is, the definitive, in-depth career-survey of the music of a leading figure of British & world folk music, with a generous Booklet, biography and discography, all impeccably packaged and researched - and at a most attractive mid-price! - and this set has the bonus offer of a free write-in CD offer to the1st 5000 sold (A selection of 'the Best and the Guests' from Cropredy Festivals) with a whopping 140+ pageBook, with massive discography, a wealth of rare photographs and biographical memoirs!