SANDY DENNY - Live At The BBC (2007)
Though regularly hailed as one of English music's finest voices, Sandy Denny's solo work has never quite enjoyed the sort of adulation that's heaped on her work with Fairport Convention, or even Fotheringay or The Strawbs (not to mention her cameo appearance with Led Zeppelin). Maybe it's because her solo albums never quite delivered on their promise; though studded with great songs and performances, they were an uneven bunch, sometimes burdened with unsympathetic production and overcooked arrangements. In a way it's records like this one where Denny's talents are best displayed. The early appearances here (from 1967) are probably best described as 'of historical interest', though Denny's bell-like voice could transform the most indifferent or derivative material even at this stage. Arguably it was after her first spell with Fairport that she found her way as a songwriter, giving the poetic, impressionistic confessionals of the Joni Mitchell school a distinctly English, unsentimental voice. The stripped down arrangements on these session and concert performances (most are played solo) allow the limpid, melancholy beauty of her songwriting to shine through. Several of these versions outstrip their studio counterparts easily. Even a wobbly lo-fi cassette recording of 'The North Star Grassman And The Ravens' is up there with the original. The few tracks performed with a full band range from a stab at jazz to a rockin' version of 'Dark The Night' that sounds uncannily like All About Eve; evidence both of her eclecticism and the deep influence her work has had on a huge range of musicians since her death. - amazon.com
One of the finest singers England has ever produced, Sandy Denny was a linchpin of the original Fairport Convention. Delivering, alongside Richard Thompson and Ian Matthews, a radical mixture of Dylan covers and Renaissance music, she helped make Fairport leaders of Britain's '60s Olde Musik revival. These BBC performances were recorded 1971-73 and feature Sandy promoting her solo material with great performances that are often better than the slightly over-produced studio versions.
DISC 1 - IN SESSION:
01. Fhir A' Bhata 02. Green Grow The Laurels 03. Hold On To Me Babe 04. Blues Run The Game 05. Late November 06. The Optimist 07. Crazy Lady Blues 08. The Lowlands Of Holland 09. It Suits Me Well 10. The Music Weaver 11. Bushes And Briars 12. It'll Take A Long Time 13. Solo 14. Like An Old-Fashioned Waltz 15. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? 16. Until The Real Thing Comes Along 17. Whispering Grass 18. Dark Of The Night 19. Solo
DISC 2 - IN CONCERT:
01. The Northstar Grassman And The Ravens 02. Sweet Rosemary 03. The Lady 04. Bruton Town 05. Next Time Around 06. Blackwaterside 07. John The Gun 08. The Lady 09. Bushes And Briars 10. It Suits Me Well 11. Blackwaterside 12. The Music Weaver 13. The Sea Captain 14. John The Gun 15. Interview With Sandy Denny
DISC 3 - "OFF-AIR" RECORDINGS:
01. This Train 02. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor 03. The Last Thing On My Mind 04. You Never Wanted Me 05. Been On The Road So Long 06. The Quiet Land Of Erin 07. Sweet Nightingale (with Mick Groves) 08. Blackwaterside (with Richard Thompson) 09. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens 10. The Lady 11. It'll Take A Long Time
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