Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sandy Denny
"The North Star Grassman and the Ravens" (1971)

Following the breakup of the short-lived Fotheringay, Sandy Denny returned with her first post-Fairport solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. Produced with ex-bandmate Richard Thompson and longtime engineer John Wood, who would go on to produce the bulk of Thompson's work with Linda Thompson, the record consists of eight evocative Denny originals, along with the traditional "Blackwaterside" and a pair of borrowed rockers. There's a looseness and roominess to the sound, with acoustic guitar, piano, and Thompson's electric guitar leading the sparse backing from former members of Fotheringay, along with the occasional accordion, violin, pedal steel, and strings. Songs such as "Late November," "John the Gun," and "Next Time Around" are among her best, while "Blackwaterside," featuring Thompson's guitar and accordion, continues to show her mastery of traditional music. Because her songs tend to lean towards the melancholy, and are primarily on the slow to mid-tempo side, Denny had to look elsewhere for upbeat material. Choices such as Brenda Lee's "Let's Jump the Broomstick" and a ragged, yet somewhat effective, duet with Thompson on Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood," are good ones, though both sound as if they were afterthoughts. Her best record was still a year away, but The North Star Grassman is a solid effort from Sandy Denny's sadly shortened solo career. ~ Brett Hartenbach, All Music Guide

5 Comments:

Anonymous 美鏡乱 said...

Lizardson様

いやー、かたじけない!早速のUPに恐縮しきりです(>_<)

他のブログでリクエストした経験はありましたが、3つもお願いして全部上げてもらったのは初めてで嬉しいです。しかもこんなに早く。どうもありがとうございました。特に四人囃子は以前から気に入っていて、現在手元になかったのでとても助かりました(^^)

お礼というのも何ですが、うちの数少ない音源の中で多少レアかなぁ・・・というのがありましたのでよかったらお持ち下さい。Belle Antique Labelのコンピ盤です。

http://rapidshare.de/files/33349036/VA_-_Lost_Years_In_Labyrinth_II_-_Belle_Antique_Sampler__1995_.zip


192kbpsでリップしてみました。ジャケもつたないスキャンですが同封しています。

もしブログにお使い頂けるようであれば、リンクをそのまま用いて下さっても結構ですし、移し替えてもらっても構いません。また何かあったらリップしてみようと思います。では取り急ぎお礼まで。

美鏡乱より。

18 September, 2006 01:48  
Anonymous Tony Scott said...

What a marvellous, enchanting work! Gracias.

18 September, 2006 08:29  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

Sandy Denny is always welcome and appreciated by me, so thank you guys :-)

19 September, 2006 19:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had been trying to figure out which version of Blackwaterside I had heard on the radio. Yes, it was Sandy Denny's beautiful piece. Thank you so much!

David in New York

12 October, 2006 12:46  
Blogger hideo said...

lovely Denny post!

thanks

21 October, 2006 00:19  

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