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Unhalfbricking is the third album by the British folk rock band Fairport Convention and their second album released in 1969. It is seen as a transitional album in their history and marked a further musical move away from American influences towards more traditional English folk songs that had begun on their previous album, What We Did on Our Holidays[2] and reached its peak on the follow-up, Liege & Lief, released later the same year.[3]

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1969[1]
RecordedJanuary–April 1969
StudioSound Techniques and Olympic Studios, London
GenreBritish folk rock
Length38:51 (47:52 expanded edition)
LanguageEnglish and French
Fairport Convention chronology
What We Did on Our Holidays
Liege & Lief
1969 US release
Singles from Unhalfbricking
  1. "Si Tu Dois Partir" / "Genesis Hall"
    Released: July 1969

The album features several Bob Dylan songs, which he had not yet released. It also features what is arguably Sandy Denny's most notable achievement as a songwriter with the song "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?", which has been covered by many other performers and is now regarded as a classic. The only traditional song on the album, "A Sailor's Life", is seen as pivotal in the development of English folk rock music.

Changes in the line-up of the band, due not only to its musical direction but also to external events, mark this album as a turning point in the band's history. 1969 was a prolific year for Fairport Convention; from What We Did on Our Holidays to Liege & Lief within twelve months represented a major development.

The album also gave the band their first UK chart success, reaching number 12 in the UK album chart (the second highest position in the band's entire career), while the single release, "Si Tu Dois Partir", achieved number 21 in the UK singles chart.