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|Gone Much Too Soon, But Hardly
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
|There are songs on this set that will freeze your
heart with their beauty and sadness.
I remember sitting in a laundromat in 1978, reading a music magazine, and
suddenly seeing the unbelievable news that Sandy Denny had died.
There are performances on this set that will cause you to re-evaluate and
redefine the way you think about folk music.
I remember standing in a light drizzle next to Sandy's grave in 1990, with
one of these 3 CDs playing "Take Away the Load" (recorded by Fairport Convention
as "Sandy's Song") in my headphones as i thought about what a loss we had
suffered when she left us, and tears mixed with the raindrops on my cheeks.
This set covers aspects of Sandy's entire, sadly short career, and shows
us many sides of her talent as singer and writer; lets us hear again her
beautiful voice and sure-handed interpretations of her own material and other
songs, both traditional and contemporary.
This is not exactly the set that i would have compiled, as it omits a couple
of pieces -- Dylan's "Percy's Song" with Fairport (in semi-French!)and the
title song from her last album with Fairport "Rising for the Moon", particularly
-- but it is still an excellent selection and incredible value for the money.
If you remember Sandy, you already know you need this set.
If you're too young to remember Sandy (has it really been 22 years?), but
you are a fan of British folk and folk/rock, i'm telling you that you need
And if you just like beautiful vocals and haunting songs, then you probably
need this set.