Joe Boyd To Relive Nick Drake, Fairport Classics At Bestival

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Renowned producer Joe Boyd will discuss two of the classic folk-rock albums he produced in the Island catalogue when the Classic Album Sundays listening series takes place for a third year at Camp Bestival at the end of July.

The festival is being held at Lulworth Castle from July 31-August 3, and the listening event, presented by global speaker and headphone manufacturer Klipsch Audio, will feature star guest Boyd and Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy discussing Fairport Convention’s ‘Liege & Lief’ and Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left,’ both 45 years old this year.

The CAS series — which has regular sessions in London, Glasgow, New York, Tokyo, Oslo, Edinburgh and Portland, with more cities on the way — presents the story behind a vintage record and an uninterrupted replay of it on vinyl, on a world-class hi-fi, worth over £500,000, with Klipsch Heritage Series speakers. Bestival will also have a Kids Session on the Saturday morning with a drawing contest featuring the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’. Solo artist and former Beta Band member Steve Mason will present one of his favourite albums, Public Image Ltd’s ‘Metal Box.’ There’ll also be lucky draws with vinyl, record shop vouchers and Klipsch S3m earphones prizes at each session.

Says Camp Bestival and Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank of previous CAS playbacks: “Classic Album Sundays is a great concept that allowed our festival-goers the chance to have a deeply emotive and engaging musical experience. They created a sonic oasis which provided a great chilled-out atmosphere in the midst of the festival.” ‘Liege & Lief’ is one of the albums being reissued on vinyl on July 21 in in Universal Music Catalogue’s Back 2 Black series, and you can pre-order it here. ‘Five Leaves Left’ is already available in the uDiscover store here as a vinyl box set.

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  1. col moynihan

    July 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Two of the most enduring albums of music in our time. Love them both. Inspired choice by Joe to use Nick’s friend Robert Kirby to do the lush string arrangements on FLL. Some of these songs eg Cello Song, Riverman have seeped their way into our subconscious minds. Subliminal delights. Sandy Denny’s voice and Richard Thompson’s guitar elevate ‘Liege and Lief’ to a new pantheon of traditional folk. The ‘electric’ treatment works a treat. Joe Boyd we salute you. A true visionary, and we haven’t even started on ‘Syd’ yet

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