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Sandy Denny was perhaps the most beloved and singular talent of the British folk revival, and though she was never able to connect with the masses in the way she’d hoped, she accomplished more in 10 years than some artists do in 50. No More Sad Refrains spans 1968 to 1977, during which time she played with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, and a short-lived supergroup named The Bunch, in addition to her solo work (and not including her cameos with The Who and Led Zeppelin). Though Denny embodied the ancient essence of British folk better than anyone else of her era, she was always working to transcend that persona and stake new territory. While she gets credit for her character portraits and narratives of mysticism, what really defines these songs is how personal they are. The mark of a great singer is that he or she always tells a personal truth regardless of the given material. In every one of these songs, Denny opens channels of beauty and darkness, anger and tenderness, resignation and courage. Though she died young, a troubled soul, these recordings confirm the depth of her experience and the scope of her humanity.

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A haunting, wondrous singer...

Although beautiful, Sandy Denny did not have the purest voice of the British folk-rock movement (that honor must go to Jacqui McShee). But I doubt that there has ever been a more emotive, evocative vocalist in folk or rock music. She was a talented songwriter as well, as several of the tracks on this album demonstrate. Her greatest weakness, as the biography points out, is that the arranging of her music did not always put her talents in their best light; this is, IMHO, especially true of her last two solo albums. But even so, this music is amazing. Her wine-dark, quietly haunting voice was perfect in quieter tracks such as Fotheringay and Crazy Man Michael; more powerful tunes, such as John the Gun and It Suits Me Well, are also quite good. Unfortunately, many great songs are missing on this collection (Blackwaterside? The Music Weaver? demos for Take Away the Load and By the Time It Gets Dark), but even so, the tracks on this album allow Sandy to shine. Requiescat in pace...

A Poem to Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny I mourn you Sandy. I have always mourned your Passing from your world of sorrow. I will never stop longing for the beauty Of your voice. You touched my romantic heart without Knowing me. If I could have only told you. It is my wish to meet you in another life. It is my wish to help you be free from suffering. I will never stop longing for your beauteous soul. Sandy, wherever you are, Be Happy!

Very good remaster

This collection is not only a great retrospective of Sandy Denny, but also a very good remaster of her songs. I had doubts that it was any better than the first CD collection, "The Best of Sandy Denny", but was pleased to hear that the sound is clearer on this one, and the instrumental arrangements are more distinct.


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 of her powerful and penetrating...
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