Sandy Denny Gold Dust: Live at the Royalty
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- Released: May 18, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Universal I.S.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10/98, p.77"...Her husky, barleycorn voice still sounds luminous, and the tracks include some of ther most heavyhearted ballads....Thankfully, the posthumous guitar and harmony overdubs are fairly unobtrusive." - Rating: B+
NME (Magazine) - 5/23/98, p.466 (out of 10) - "...through an amalgamation of Denny's songwriting...and that of her former Fairport Convention partner Richard Thompson, [Denny] demonstrates both the bell-like clarity of her voice and its strength..."
- 1.I Wish I Was a Fool for You (For Shame for Doing Wrong)
- 2.Stranger to Himself
- 3.I'm a Dreamer
- 4.Take Me Away
- 5.Nothing More
- 6.The Sea
- 7.The Lady
- 8.Gold Dust
- 10.John the Gun
- 11.It'll Take a Long Time
- 12.Wretched Wilbur
- 13.Tomorrow Is a Long Time
- 14.The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
- 15.One More Chance
- 16.No More Sad Refrains
- 17.Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
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GOLD DUST was recorded at Sandy Denny's final live performance in November of 1977. It contains re-recordings of some of the original guitar and backing vocal tracks due to the poor sound quality of the original tracks.
Recorded live at The Royalty Theater, London, England on November 27, 1977. Includes liner notes by Pamela Murray Winters.
Personnel: Rob Hendry, Jerry Donahue (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Trevor Lucas (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Pete Wilsher (steel guitar); Pat Donaldson (bass guitar, background vocals); Dave Mattacks (drums); Chris Leslie, Simon Nicol (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Pamela Murray.
Recording information: Royalty Theatre (11/27/1977).
Photographer: David P. Bailey.
In 1977, Sandy Denny returned to the concert stage after a two-year absence to embark on an 11-city British tour with a six-piece band. Their London concert, which resulted in this recording, was the last date. The show was also Denny's last performance--she died less than five months later. Unreleased for 21 years, the concert tapes required guitar and background vocal repairs to remove some sonic disturbances.
With a steel guitarist among the band members, there's a gorgeous sweep to the arrangements on GOLD DUST. And Denny's voice, fragile at some moments and powerful at others, is simply an awe-inspiring instrument. All of the songs were written by Denny with the exception of a song by Richard Thompson and a song by Bob Dylan. Drawing from British and American folk, pop, and more, GOLD DUST has a regal and spiritual quality that makes it timeless.
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