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July 26, 1969


4.521 (average of 8 ratings)


British folk



Album Tracks:

  1. Genesis Hall
  2. Si Tu Dois Partir
  3. Autopsy
  4. A Sailor’s Life
  5. Cajun Woman
  6. Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
  7. Percy’s Song
  8. Million Dollar Bash

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 12

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Si Tu Dois Partir (7/69) #21 UK


Fairport Convention


Unhalfbricking was, if only in retrospect, a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound. That shift wouldn't be definitive until their next album, Liege & Lief.” RU

“But the strongest link to the American folk-rock harmony approach left with the departure of Ian Matthews, who left shortly after the sessions for Unhalfbricking began. The mixture of obscure American folk-rock songs, original material, and traditional interpretations that had fallen into place with What We Did on Our Holidays earlier in the year was actually still intact, if not as balanced. Sandy Denny's two compositions, her famous Who Knows Where the Time Goes? and the far less celebrated but magnetically brooding Autopsy, were among the record's highlights.” RU

“So too were the goofball French Cajun cover of Bob Dylan's ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now" (here retitled Si Tu Dois Partir…) and the magnificent reading of Dylan's Percy's Song, though the bash through Dylan's "Million Dollar Bash" was less effective.” RU

“Richard Thompson's pair of songs, however, were less memorable. The clear signpost to the future was their 11-minute take on the traditional song A Sailor's Life, with guest fiddle by Dave Swarbrick, soon to join Fairport himself and make his own strong contribution toward reshaping the band's sound.” RU

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Last updated March 28, 2011.