Angel Delight (album)

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Angel Delight
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released June 1971
Recorded February–March 1971
Studio Sound Techniques Ltd., London
Genre Folk rock
Length 36:46
Label Island
Producer Fairport Convention & John Wood
Fairport Convention chronology
Full House
Angel Delight
Babbacombe Lee
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Angel (right) in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, after which this album was named

Angel Delight is the sixth album by the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. This was the first Fairport Convention album without guitarist Richard Thompson, and the lineup consisted of Simon Nicol (guitar, vocals) (the only original group member), Dave Swarbrick (violin, vocals), Dave Pegg (bass, vocals), and Dave Mattacks (drums).

The title derives from "The Angel" in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, a former pub which the band were living in at the time,[2][3] and the eponymous track is autobiographical, referring to "John the Wood" (co-producer), "Dave the Drum" (Mattacks), and even details such as "peer through the haze watching Top of the Pops". The band moved out of The Angel shortly after the album's release, partly because a lorry had run, out of control, into Dave Swarbrick's bedroom.[4][5]

The U.K. album cover included liner notes consisting of dialogue among band members and roadies preparing to leave "The Angel" for a gig, that was replaced on American and Canadian copies by a more straightforward, biographical liner essay.[6][7]

Musically, Angel Delight progressed little from its predecessors, although an appearance on Top of the Pops as a featured album contributed to its chart success;[8] it reached number eight on the UK Album chart, making it the band's highest charting album in the UK.[9]

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lord Marlborough" traditional 3:27
2. "Sir William Gower" traditional 5:00
3. "Bridge over the River Ash[10]" traditional 2:15
4. "Wizard of the Worldly Game" Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick 4:08
5. "The Journeyman's Grace" Swarbrick, Richard Thompson 4:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Angel Delight" Nicol, Swarbrick, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks  
7. "Banks of the Sweet Primroses" traditional 4:15
8. "Instrumental Medley: The Cuckoo's Nest / Hardiman the Fiddler / Papa Stoor" traditional 3:28
9. "The Bonny Black Hare" traditional 3:08
10. "Sickness & Diseases" Swarbrick, Thompson 3:47
Total length: 36:46
Island Remasters CD reissue bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "The Journeyman's Grace[11]" Swarbrick, Thompson 3:53


  • Dave Swarbrick – lead vocals (1,4,5,10,11), mandolin (2,6,8,9,10), vocals (2,6,7,9), fiddle (1,5,7,8,11), viola (9), cuckoo (8)
  • Dave Pegg – bass guitar (1-2,4-8,10,11), vocals (1,2,4-7,9,10,11), lead guitar (10), viola (9), violin (3)
  • Dave Mattacks – drums (1,2,4-11), percussion (8,10), vocals (1,4-7,10-11), harmonium (4), tambourine (6), bass guitar (3), piano (4)
  • Simon Nicol – lead vocals (2,5), vocals (1,4-7,9,10,11), guitar (1,2,4-8,10,11), bass guitar (9), electric dulcimer (1,9), violin (3)

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The cover includes a photo of two cherubs kissing. The title may also be a reference to the UK dessert, Angel Delight.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Angel Delight Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  2. ^ "History of Fairport". Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  3. ^ Humphries, Patrick (2012). "8". Nick Drake: The Biography. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781408841440. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Angel Delight lyrics". Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  5. ^ Redwood, Fred (6 November 2012). "For sale: folk band Fairport Convention's former pub home". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 30 November 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Angel Delight U.K. cover". Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  7. ^ "Angel Delight U.S. cover". Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  8. ^ "Angel Delight". 23 March 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  9. ^ UK Chart Stats
  10. ^ Which flowed through the rear garden of The Angel - "Angel Delight". 23 March 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  11. ^ Island Remasters CD reissue (IMCD 307 / 982 150-0, 2004) bonus track from BBC radio session, Stuart Henry 19 November 1970

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