Title: Now Be Thankful

Artist: Fairport Convention

Album: Single only – can be found on several Fairport compilations.

Year Released: 1970

What It Is: A fine representative piece of Fairport Convention, albiet one without either Sandy Denny or Judy Dyble. It was Richard Thompson’s last work with Fairport before moving on to a solo act. This was written by Thompson and Dave Swarbrick, who takes lead with a strong English tenor (I am guessing).

Riffage / Hookage: No, this is pleasant, placid, powerful English folk. No need for riffs. It DOES have a good hook though.

Cowbell?: No. Spare yet effective percussion.

Words Of Wisdom: “When the stone is grown too cold to kneel
In crystal waters I’ll be bound
Cold as stone, weary to the sounds upon the wheel

Now be thankful for good things below
Now be thankful to your maker
For the rose, the red rose blooms for all to know

When the fire is grown too fierce to breathe
In burning embers I’ll be bound
Fierce as fire, weary to the sounds upon the wheel

Now be thankful for good things below
Now be thankful to your maker
For the rose, the red rose blooms for all to know”

It’s good enough to put the whole thing on there.
Mixology Report: Yes…very good closing song.

Top Five Genius Results: “Cruel Sister” – Pentangle
“Blackleg Miner” – Richard Thompson (of course)
“The Bells Of Rhymney” – Pete Seeger
“If I Were A Carpenter” – Tim Hardin

For The Good Of The Order: The B-side of the single was “Sir B. McKenzie’s Daughter’s Lament for the 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat from the Straits of Loch Knombe, In the Year of Our Lord 1727, On the Occasion of the Announcement of Her Marriage to the Laird of Kinleakie”. You can get that as a bonus track on “Full House”.

How about this…the 1970 lineup live!

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