Sandy Denny Where the Time Goes
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by Sandy Denny ~ Gold Dust: Live at the Royalty $12.35
- Released: October 13, 2005
- Label: Castle Music Uk
- 1.Been on the Road So Long
- 2.This Train
- 3.3.10 to Yuma
- 4.Pretty Polly
- 5.You Never Wanted Me
- 6.Milk & Honey
- 7.My Ramblin' Boy
- 8.Last Thing on My Mind
- 9.Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
- 10.Flase Bride
- 11.Been on the Roa So Long (Ft Alex Campbell)
- 12.Two Weeks Last Summer (Ft the Strawbs)
- 13.Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Ft the Strawbs)
This 13-song compilation presents early recordings by British folk-rock singer Sandy Denny, who is known for her solo work as well has her stint in the bands Fairport Convention and the Strawbs.
This collection includes the bonus tracks "Been on the Road So Long" (featuring Alex Campbell), as well as two 1968 songs with the Strawbs, "Two Weeks Last Summer" and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes."
It is astonishing that it has taken this long -- over 15 years -- to assemble the early Sandy Denny sides in one place, on the same CD, from proper tape sources and in their basic undubbed form. Across the decades most of it has appeared somewhere, originally scattered across several late-'60s and early-'70s LPs linking Denny with other artists, but this is the first time it's come down to listeners all in one sitting, the way it was recorded, without a platter change to be made, and no tracks given over to anyone else. The first thing that longtime fans will note is the extent with which the CD seems to overlap with innumerable Sandy Denny compilations devoted to her early work that have appeared in the past. The difference here is that the producer, Clinton Heylin, was working with a clearer idea of what was needed (and what he wanted) and better tape sources, and was thus able to give listeners something that is well-nigh perfect. And so it opens with an undubbed version of "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" by Sandy Denny and the Strawbs, and the CD also includes the companion recording from the same May 1967 body of work, her original rendition of Strawbs leader Dave Cousins' "Two Weeks Last Summer." For those who endured the dubious sound quality of Mooncrest's releases of Denny's renditions of "Pretty Polly," etc., this release also makes up for those imperfections and then some -- the sound throughout is close and crisp, with the lush guitar sounds on "Milk and Honey" and "My Ramblin' Boy" resonating out beautifully, and without a trace of a vinyl source anywhere. The first dozen tracks are effectively master takes, while the next six are alternate versions that are sufficiently different to impress more than just the obvious Denny completists, and the disc concludes with her duet rendition of "Been on the Road So Long" with Alex Campbell, in tandem with whom some of this material was originally released on vinyl. Of course, those who already own 2004's five-CD A Boxful of Treasures have some of what's here in perfectly good form, but for a long, close look at Denny from the outset of her career, this is the next place to stop on one's trip across her career, and it fits in beautifully with the expanded versions of her solo albums (and the Fotheringay CD) that have been appearing since 2003. ~ Bruce Eder
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