Fairport Convention is one of those limey bands that flew under my radar for years. Sure, I agree that Sandy Denny was a fine vocalist, but their music just never really clicked for me. Recently I discovered their first album Fairport Convention (UK only), recorded in 1967 and release in 1968. Prior to the arrival of Ms. Denny, Judy Dyble was the female vocalist. And wow, does she ever have a lovely voice. The Wikipedia article on this LP mentions that blueprint for the early version of Fairport was Jefferson Airplane, and sure enough the album is a veritable smorgasbord of summer of love songwriting.
My favorite from this LP is their cover of Joni Mitchell's I Don't Know Where I Stand. It kicks off with a sparse guitar intro, then suddenly transforms into a Byrds-ish take on Joni. From the opening verse, the lyrics are filled with that pensive feeling when you want to take that next step and let someone know how important they are to you, but you are not sure if the feeling is mutual.
Funny day, looking for laughter and finding it there
Sunny day, braiding wild flowers and leaves in my hair
Picked up a pencil and wrote "I love you" in my finest hand
Wanted to send it, but I don't know where I stand
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