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No More Sad Refrains - The Anthology

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Like fellow Briton Nick Drake, Sandy Denny is one of the rare lesser-known artists whose extraordinary talents have been duly represented on disc over the years. No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology joins or replaces a number of previously available compilations, including an excellent box set, a couple of single disc best-of's, and Attix Tracks, an assortment of archival recordings. Though it may not be as expansive as the multiple disc set Who Knows Where the Time Goes, No More Sad Refrains may be the best introduction to Sandy Denny's career to hit the market: more affordable, while still covering 34 songs over two discs (as opposed to 43 over three), including a few rarities. And though the collections overlap on nearly two-thirds of the songs selected, less than a third are the same recordings, and these have been digitally remastered. The tracks are arranged chronologically from her first record with Fairport Convention in 1969 to 1977's Rendezvous, concentrating on her exquisite songwriting, along with a handful of well-chosen covers ("Banks of the Nile" is curiously the only true traditional song included). And while it may emphasize her solo years, her work with Fotheringay and the one-off rock & roll tribute The Bunch, is given a good overview as well. In regards to her time with Fairport Convention, with the exception of two cuts and an outtake from their seminal British folk-rock record Liege and Lief, it seems to be presented merely as a reference point (one song from each of her first two albums with the group), completely skipping her second time around with the band (only a pair of solo demos from this period are included). Fans who will have a majority of the material included here will be enticed by the previously unreleased demo version of "Stranger to Himself" and rarities such as "Here in Silence" and "Man of Iron," which were taken from the soundtrack to the movie Pass of Arms and issued as a single in 1972. Still, No More Sad Refrains is seemingly aimed more at the uninitiated than devotees, though it does an admirable job of covering a lot of territory and trying to please both. Either way, this is a fine retrospective of a terrific songwriter and what may well have been the most stunningly beautiful voice in British folk and pop. Included is a 22-page booklet featuring musician credits, photos, and informative liner notes by Denny biographer Clinton Heylin (No More Sad Refrains: The Story of Sandy Denny), who is also responsible for compiling a book documenting her recordings Sad Refrains: The Recordings of Sandy Denny.

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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.


Nacido/a: Wimbledon, London, England, 06 de enero de 1947

Género: Cantautores

Años de actividad: '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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