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Album Review

Sandy Denny's third solo album, originally released in 1973, continued treading water like its predecessor, again dividing its time between unabashed jewels (the opening "Solo," the title track, and the closing "No End") and lesser fare — her cover of "Whispering Grass," while beautiful, is scarcely required listening, a fate that also awaits the album's other non-original, "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Any sense of disappointment, however, is more than remedied by the addition of four bonus tracks, including an alternate take of the album's "At the End of the Day," a solo piano version of "No End," and "The King and Queen of England," a sparkling demo previously released on the Island Life various-artists anthology, and which remains one of her loveliest but most underrated compositions. The remastering of this album also delivers the original nine songs in all of their glory. The bass work alone, on "Solo," the title track, and "Dark the Night" — a song already built around the most exquisite vocals by Denny — is worth the price of admission, and the arrangements, from the not-at-all-faux '40s jazz renderings of "Whispering Grass" and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" to the spare electric guitar and strings-driven texture of "Carnival," fairly leap off the CD in its remastered form. And Fairport Convention completists will want this disc just for the previously unissued live rendition of "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz" with the group (from the 1974 Troubadour performance) — though it is mostly Denny (in superb voice, too). ~ Dave Thompson & Bruce Eder, Rovi

Customer Reviews

There are a couple of gems on here

I was too young to remember much about her and I don't do folk music - But download Like an Old Fashioned Walz 'coz it's sentimental. amazing and brings a lump to my throat everytime.

Flawed but fantanstic

The Guillemots chose the last track to be on their compilation 'At home with...'. SD had the most amazing moving and fabulous voice. Some of the songs on this are sublime. It there is any stuff from the 70s worth listening to now - it must be this and other work by SD and Fairport Convention. Why flawed? a few odd tracks as well as the sublime - you will know which is which.


Born: 06 January 1947 in Wimbledon, London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Maddy Prior, Jacqui McShee, and June Tabor all give her a run for her money, but the late Sandy Denny remains the pre-eminent British folk-rock singer. In addition to recording several albums of her own, Denny was an integral force behind the best work of the most respected British folk-rock band of all, Fairport Convention, and also contributed mightily to recordings by the Strawbs and Fotheringay. It's impossible for words to fully evoke the haunting, spectral presence of her powerful and penetrating...
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