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Rendevous (Remastered)

Sandy Denny

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Some ardent fans of the late, great Sandy Denny believe that 1977’s Rendezvous was overwhelmed with gospel singers, string arrangements, and electric guitar leads; this 2005 remaster puts everything in a more balanced perspective. Denny opens with a panoramic-sounding cover of Richard Thompson’s “I Wish I Was a Fool for You.” With this mix, Trevor Lucas’ ambitious production came close to letting British folk-rock make sense in a stadium arena setting. Of course, he did so knowing that Denny’s otherworldly trill would soar high over the multiple keyboards, distorted rock guitars, and layered horn arrangements. If you’ve only heard the original version of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” check out Denny’s lilting rendition; it demands definitive status. Denny’s own “One Way Donkey Ride” is a reminder that she was a stellar tunesmith in her own right. Not even some tacky-sounding electric guitar phase can take away from the flowing melodies or literate and poetic lyrics. She refreshingly strips the country-rock from her orchestral reworking of “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.”

Biography

Born: January 6, 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...
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