No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
Thanks to her seminal work with the great English folk-rock group Fairport Convention through her consistently memorable solo career which was cut short by her untimely death in 1978, Sandy Denny's haunting, dusky vocals and vividly bittersweet songwriting continue to exercise a powerful mystique. Robert Plant has called Denny his favorite female singer, and invited her to duet with him on "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin's fourth album. This smartly assembled two-CD set offers an excellent distillation of the artist's best and most influential work. No More Sad Refrains commences with five tracks from Fairport's late-'60s heyday, including the classic "Who ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
Thanks to her seminal work with the great English folk-rock group Fairport Convention through her consistently memorable solo career which was cut short by her untimely death in 1978, Sandy Denny's haunting, dusky vocals and vividly bittersweet songwriting continue to exercise a powerful mystique. Robert Plant has called Denny his favorite female singer, and invited her to duet with him on "The Battle of Evermore" on Led Zeppelin's fourth album. This smartly assembled two-CD set offers an excellent distillation of the artist's best and most influential work. No More Sad Refrains commences with five tracks from Fairport's late-'60s heyday, including the classic "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" subsequently popularized by Judy Collins and a rarely heard cover of the Byrds chestnut "Ballad of Easy Rider." The collection then dives headlong into the artist's subsequent combo Fotheringay and her often fascinating solo career, with such standout numbers as "Listen Listen," "John the Gun," "I'm a Dreamer," and "It'll Take A Long Time." The intelligently-annotated set also features several rare or previously unreleased tracks, including the rare 1972 singles "Here in Silence" and "Man of Iron"; covers of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" and the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," both from the legendary folk-rock supersession album The Bunch: Rock On; and a pair of unreleased demos from Denny's return stint with Fairport Convention in the mid-'70s
All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Like fellow Briton Nick Drake, Sandy Denny is one of the rare lesser-known artists whose extraordinary talents have been duly represented on disc over the years. No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology joins or replaces a number of previously available compilations, including an excellent box set, a couple of single disc best-of's, and Attix Tracks, an assortment of archival recordings. Though it may not be as expansive as the multiple disc set Who Knows Where the Time Goes, No More Sad Refrains may be the best introduction to Sandy Denny's career to hit the market: more affordable, while still covering 34 songs over two discs as opposed to 43 over three, including a few rarities. And though the collections overlap on nearly two-thirds of the songs selected, less than a third are the same recordings, and these have been digitally remastered. The tracks are arranged chronologically from her first record with Fairport Convention in 1969 to 1977's Rendezvous, concentrating on her exquisite songwriting, along with a handful of well-chosen covers "Banks of the Nile" is curiously the only true traditional song included. And while it may emphasize her solo years, her work with Fotheringay and the one-off rock & roll tribute The Bunch, is given a good overview as well. In regards to her time with Fairport Convention, with the exception of two cuts and an outtake from their seminal British folk-rock record Liege and Lief, it seems to be presented merely as a reference point one song from each of her first two albums with the group, completely skipping her second time around with the band only a pair of solo demos from this period are included. Fans who will have a majority of the material included here will be enticed by the previously unreleased demo version of "Stranger to Himself" and rarities such as "Here in Silence" and "Man of Iron," which were taken from the soundtrack to the movie Pass of Arms and issued as a single in 1972. Still, No More Sad Refrains is seemingly aimed more at the uninitiated than devotees, though it does an admirable job of covering a lot of territory and trying to please both. Either way, this is a fine retrospective of a terrific songwriter and what may well have been the most stunningly beautiful voice in British folk and pop. Included is a 22-page booklet featuring musician credits, photos, and informative liner notes by Denny biographer Clinton Heylin No More Sad Refrains: The Story of Sandy Denny, who is also responsible for compiling a book documenting her recordings Sad Refrains: The Recordings of Sandy Denny.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731454274722
  • Catalog Number: 5427472
  • Sales rank: 31,957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fotheringay (3:07)
  2. 2 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (5:10)
  3. 3 Crazy Man Michael (4:40)
  4. 4 Farewell, Farewell (2:40)
  5. 5 Ballad of Easy Rider (4:56)
  6. 6 Nothing More - Fotheringay (4:38)
  7. 7 The Sea - Fotheringay (5:33)
  8. 8 The Pond and the Stream - Fotheringay (3:19)
  9. 9 Banks of the Nile - Fotheringay (8:10)
  10. 10 Late November (4:29)
  11. 11 John the Gun (4:39)
  12. 12 Next Time Around (4:25)
  13. 13 The North Star Grassman and the Ravens (3:30)
  14. 14 When Will I Be Loved? - Bunch (3:16)
  15. 15 Learning the Game - Bunch (2:10)
  16. 16 Here in Silence (3:54)
  17. 17 Man of Iron (7:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It'll Take a Long Time (5:15)
  2. 2 The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (4:27)
  3. 3 Listen, Listen (3:58)
  4. 4 The Lady (4:02)
  5. 5 It Suits Me Well (5:06)
  6. 6 Solo (4:25)
  7. 7 Like an Old Fashioned Waltz (4:13)
  8. 8 Friends (3:34)
  9. 9 Carnival (5:47)
  10. 10 No End (6:37)
  11. 11 Stranger to Himself (2:20)
  12. 12 One More Chance (3:47)
  13. 13 For Shame of Doing Wrong (4:31)
  14. 14 One Way Donkey Ride (3:38)
  15. 15 I'm a Dreamer (4:48)
  16. 16 All Our Days (7:28)
  17. 17 No More Sad Refrains (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sandy Denny Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dave Swarbrick Mandolin, Violin, Viola
Fairport Convention Track Performer
Steve Winwood Organ, Electric Piano
Jerry Donahue Guitar, Background Vocals
Sue Glover Vocals
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Vocals
Sunny Leslie Vocals
Trevor Lucas Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Simon Nicol Guitar, Vocals
Dave Pegg Bass
Jess Roden Vocals
Bunch Track Performer
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Gerry Conway Drums, Background Vocals
Timi Donald Drums
Pat Donaldson Bass, Background Vocals
Barry Dransfield Violin, Background Vocals
Robin Dransfield Background Vocals
Kay Garner Vocals
LadybiRdS Vocals
Martin Lamble Drums
Graham Lyle Vocals
Dave Mattacks Conga, Drums
Ian Matthews Percussion, Vocals
Linda Peters Background Vocals
Tony Reeves Bass
Jean Roussel Keyboards
Clare Torry Vocals
Ian Whiteman Organ, Flute, Piano
Royston Wood Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sandy Denny Producer
Richard Thompson Composer
John Wood Producer, Engineer
Trevor Lucas Producer, Engineer
Joe Boyd Producer
Jerry Boys Engineer
Linda Peters Duet
Harry Robinson String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Clinton Heylin Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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  • Posted January 21, 2012

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    A Great Voice That Should Be Heard

    Not every song here is great but Sandy Denny's vocals are such a thing of beauty that it is hard to find fault. If you have never heard her music you are missing out on an unforgettable experience. Few female singers projected such sadness and dignity. These 2 CDs gather many of her own compositions from her solo career and throw in a handful of Fairport tracks. I bought the Who Knows Where The Time Goes box set in LP many years ago but it is long out of print. It was more for the collector and I think this is the better overview.

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