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Sandy (Remastered)

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While Sandy Denny’s first solo album was very much an outgrowth of her time in Fairport Convention, 1972’s Sandy is where she came into her own as an artist. Though the personnel here is drawn from the Fairport family—with whole-hearted guitar work from Richard Thompson and production by Trevor Lucas, Denny’s collaborator and future husband—it also incorporates heroes of American music. The country-tinged “Bushes and Briars” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” both feature pedal-steel veteran Sneaky Pete Kleinow, while “For Nobody to Hear” sports a robust arrangement from New Orleans R&B genius Allen Toussaint. The album works well when it pushes Denny’s voice outside the context of traditional British folk, but even in the most rollicking moments her voice always carries the proud and unnerving sentiment of ancient Scotch-Irish balladry. “Quiet Joys of Brotherhood” shows her mastery of that form, but Sandy succeeds because its author refused to simply replicate past traditions. She took the ancient bearing of that music and made it personal, as evinced by “The Music Weaver,” a proud songwriter’s autobiography told in a graceful epigram.

Customer Reviews

Best solo work

This is probably the best solo album Sandy made and if you want to buy a non-anthology album this is the one.
Her voice shimmers!


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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