Sandy (Sandy Denny album)

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Sandy
Studio album by Sandy Denny
Released September 1972
Recorded November 1971 - May 1972 at Sound Techniques, London and Island Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 40:36
Label Island (UK) ILPS 9207
A&M (US)
Producer Trevor Lucas
Sandy Denny chronology
The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
(1971)
Sandy
(1972)
Like an Old Fashioned Waltz
(1974)
Singles from Sandy
  1. "Listen, Listen/Tomorrow Is a Long Time"
    Released: Island Records WIP 6142 (1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Sandy is the second solo album by Sandy Denny, and is generally considered to be her best. The album was released in 1972 and begun just a fortnight after her UK tour promoting her debut solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, ended in early November 1971.

History[edit]

The first song recorded for the album was "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood", a Richard Fariña lyric he had set to a traditional Irish melody "My Lagan Love"; Denny's ambitious multi-tracked vocal arrangement was inspired by the Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic. Demo sessions continued at the recently constructed Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, the first studio owned by Richard Branson's Virgin label. It was here that Denny, together with contemporaries, recorded a one-off project called The Bunch, a collection of rock and roll era standards released under the title Rock On. That collection marked Trevor Lucas's debut as a producer for Island Records and he took the helm on Sandy; the album was once again engineered by John Wood.[2] The Manor sessions resulted in rough versions of "Sweet Rosemary", "The Lady", "The Music Weaver", "Listen Listen", "For Nobody to Hear" and "Bushes and Briars".[3] A further two tracks were begun but not finished: a cover version of fellow folk singer Anne Briggs's "Go Your Own Way My Love" and another Denny original "After Halloween", which was reworked three years later for Fairport Convention's Rising for the Moon album.[4]

All of the album's songs were finished at Sound Techniques and Island studios in about five sessions between the end of April and late May, during which string arrangements by Harry Robinson were added[3] and two further Denny compositions were recorded: "It Suits Me Well" and "It'll Take A Long Time". A cover version (the by now ubiquitous Bob Dylan cover) of "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" completed the LP.[5] Allen Toussaint’s brass arrangement on "For Nobody To Hear" was recorded at Deep South Studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The guest musicians include Fairport Convention colleagues Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick, as well as Sneaky Pete Kleinow (of Flying Burrito Brothers fame) on steel guitar, and friend and fellow singer Linda Thompson on backing vocals.

The album was originally issued in a gatefold sleeve featuring on its front a photograph by David Bailey, which came to define Denny's public image. The gatefold of the LP opened to show the song lyrics handwritten by Denny herself and bordered by garlands of flowers drawn by Trevor Lucas's sister, the illustrator Marion Appleton. The back cover featured the tracklisting and credits. Radio One DJ Tony Blackburn picked the album's lead single, "Listen, Listen", as his single of the week in September 1972.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks credited to Sandy Denny unless otherwise stated

  1. "It'll Take a Long Time" - 5:13
  2. "Sweet Rosemary" - 2:29
  3. "For Nobody to Hear" - 4:14
  4. "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Bob Dylan) - 3:56
  5. "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood" (Music: Trad. Lyrics: Richard Fariña) - 4:28
  6. "Listen, Listen" - 3:58
  7. "The Lady" - 4:01
  8. "Bushes and Briars" - 3:53
  9. "It Suits Me Well" - 5:05
  10. "The Music Weaver" - 3:19

The remastered and reissued version included five bonus tracks:

  1. "Here In Silence" (Peter Elford, Don Fraser) - 3:53[6]
  2. "Man of Iron" (Peter Elford, Don Fraser) - 7:40[6]
  3. "Sweet Rosemary" [Demo Version] - 3:00[7]
  4. "Ecoute, Ecoute" - 3:59[8]
  5. "It'll Take a Long Time" [Live Version] - 5:22[7]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ John Wood engineered all of Sandy Denny's Island Records releases except Rising for the Moon
  3. ^ a b Clinton Heylin. No More Sad Refrains - The Life and Times of Sandy Denny. London, Helter Skelter, 2002. ISBN 1-900924-35-8 pp274-5
  4. ^ A demo version from Manor Studio was later issued on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes? Boxset in 1985.
  5. ^ Denny had performed Dylan covers on all her Island records releases with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and on her solo debut The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
  6. ^ a b previously released on the soundtrack to the film Pass of Arms
  7. ^ a b from A Boxful of Treasures
  8. ^ French language version of "Listen, Listen" released on: The Attic Tracks 1972-1984
  9. ^ http://mainlynorfolk.info/sandy.denny/songs/itsuitsmewell.html Mainly Norfolk: It Suits Me Well