Next week sees the release of Sandy Denny, a nineteen CD collection of the work of the late English folk singer. Eleven of the CDs feature Sandy’s complete commercial recordings with Alex Campbell, Johnny Silvo, Fotheringay, Strawbs, Fairport Convention and solo with additional content; outtakes, demos and live recordings. There are eight further CDs of bonus material; unreleased songs, demos, unreleased BBC recordings, alternate takes, live recordings, acoustic versions, and rare radio interviews. In all, there are over 100 unreleased versions of which 64 are studio takes, 25 demos and 14 live recordings, including the first release of Sandy’s live performance with Fairport Convention at the LA Troubadour in 1974, mixed from the master reels. These dates mark the only time Sandy ever performed ‘Crazy Lady Blues’ and ‘She Moved Through The Fair’ live with the 1974 Fairport line up, and the only time they performed Dylan’s ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’.
In addition, the box set includes a 72 page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos and interviews and tributes from artists such as Richard Thompson, Judy Collins, John Renbourn, Bob Harris, Robert Plant, Bill Drummond, Marc Almond, Lee Ranaldo, Rachel Unthank and Jon Boden. A limited edition, we’re not sure how many copies will make it to Ireland but you can order it online here.
Photo: Steve Caraway