onsdag 3 februari 2016


A kind of compilation gathering cuts from two sources - the SAGA LP:s "Alex Campbell & His Friends (ERO 8021) and "Sandy & Johnny" (EROS 8041), both released 1967. AC&HF was a sampler with five different acts where she did three of the songs and on S&J she shared the record with Johnny Silvo, providing vocals on six of the tracks (see earlier post). Those are the nine cuts compiled here and since it's the first without involvement from other artists in a way her first solo album. And it's good. In comparison to her later efforts, alone or in bands, the production and backing is slightly simpler, but the voice is already there - mature and heartfelt with a beautiful timbre ready to give goosebumps. Tracks like "3.10 to Yuma", "Milk And Honey" and "The False Bride" could have embellished any succeeding album more or less as they are. While many artists have shaky beginnings on their debutes needing a period of development before they hit the nail, this shows Sandy Denny had it from the start, a true natural. Reissued on vinyl late seventies in UK (B&C and Mooncrest); Holland (EMI International) and Germany (Nova) all with differing sleeve designs. Japan 2009 CD (Saga Eros UICY-94083) came with nine bonus tracks. First UK had label as shown here and laminated cover. (BRYF*) (FÄV*) (SÄGÖ*) (FÄHZ*)

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