19 CD Sandy Denny Boxset released November 1st
This is an incredible box set, Universal Music have announced the full track listing and final packaging for the much anticipated, strictly limited edition 19 CD box set, simply titled Sandy Denny. 11 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 8 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 Sandy’s recordings of which 64 are studio takes, 25 demos and 14 live recordings.
Highlights of the new material are; Three unreleased songs: the long lost traditional song ‘Lord Bateman‘, pencilled in for her first solo album, The North Star Grassman and The Ravens. An unidentified track ‘Ethusel‘ from her early pre-Fairport Convention solo career. 12th of Never, recorded for an unspecified Granada project, this abbreviated version of the song was never attempted again.
The alternate takes include
•Acoustic masters of ‘Fotheringay’ and ‘She Moved Through The Fair‘.
•A solo version of ‘Mr Lacey‘;
•Blackwaterside’ with Richard Thompson, working out the arrangement of this traditional song, performed here without overdubs;
•The original duet of ‘The Way I Feel’ from Fotheringay;
•Unstrung alternate versions of songs from Like An Old Fashioned Waltz,
•Original masters and outtakes from Rendezvous including ‘Gold Dust‘,
•Her very last recording, an acoustic version of 'Moments'.
Unreleased demos include
•A superb series of studio demos from throughout Denny's solo career with tracks from Fotheringay, Northstar Grassman, Like An Old Fashioned Waltz, Rendezvous and the entire Sandy album.
•A series of recordings made at home between 1966-68, restored in the main from the master reels including her first version of ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?‘, performed in quite a different manner to previously released versions, and many other self penned, traditional and contemporary songs not recorded in the studio.
•Demos recorded at Sandy's home in Byfield between 1974-77 restored from the master reels including her final home demo 'Makes Me Think of You', which was also her last original composition. The lyrics (reproduced in this set) to the song are the final entry in her notebook.
The set is lavishly packaged and features all new artwork. Each CD is housed in an individual gatefold digipack sleeve and comes in a beautiful box packed full of memorabilia including;
•72 page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos
•A reproduction of one of her notebooks containing handwritten lyrics of some of her best know compositions and many unrecorded songs.
•Extensive biography and annotations to key new tracks found in the Island archive
•Reproduction of a rare A2 colour promo poster for Northstar Grassman and the Ravens
•Copy of the receipt for her first piano
•Copy of an original Island press kit containing press release and 4 press shots for Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
•A collection of bound postcards of never before seen photographs. 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 second edition, limited to 100 sets, is available only from the Island 50 web store. It comes with a framed print of the artwork, signed by the artist, Phil Smee, and individually addressed to each purchaser.