Three swift years on from when Fairport’s 50th was celebrated, and they’re still making consistent music that never falls below the top-notch bracket, keeping it all fresh with regular touring activity and a steady flow of new material for stage and subsequently record. A tried-and-tested modus operandi that works for this most long-established of Fairport lineups, one that shows no sign of getting stale, instead, an astonishing, seemingly never-ending capacity for reinvention and reinvigoration. Shuffle And Go, which must be somewhere around the band’s 30th studio offering (yeah, I’ve lost count!), is inevitably a further demonstration. Its brilliant disc package, knowingly designed by Mick Toole, says it all, and to perfection. The outer cover displays (alongside the essential tracklisting – which is properly readable, unlike that of so many albums nowadays!) Mick’s painting (a snappy montage gathering together familiar retro and heritage-nostalgia elements). In contrast, the inner gatefold opens to reveal a generous portrait gallery of the five individual band members in poses that can only be described as happy bunnies, content with their lot, contented without being complacent, comfortable in their own skins and enjoying every blessed moment of it!
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