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North Star Grassman and the Ravens [Bonus Tracks]
     

The North Star Grassman and the Ravens [Bonus Tracks]

by Sandy Denny
 

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Following the breakup of the short-lived Fotheringay, Sandy Denny returned with her first post-Fairport solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. Produced with ex-bandmate Richard Thompson and longtime engineer John Wood, who would go on to produce the bulk of Thompson's

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Following the breakup of the short-lived Fotheringay, Sandy Denny returned with her first post-Fairport solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens. Produced with ex-bandmate Richard Thompson and longtime engineer John Wood, who would go on to produce the bulk of Thompson's work with Linda Thompson, the record consists of eight evocative Denny originals, along with the traditional "Blackwaterside" and a pair of borrowed rockers. There's a looseness and roominess to the sound, with acoustic guitar, piano, and Thompson's electric guitar leading the sparse backing from former members of Fotheringay, along with the occasional accordion, violin, pedal steel, and strings. Songs such as "Late November," "John the Gun," and "Next Time Around" are among her best, while "Blackwaterside," featuring Thompson's guitar and accordion, continues to show her mastery of traditional music. Because her songs tend to lean toward the melancholy and are primarily on the slow to midtempo side, Denny had to look elsewhere for upbeat material. Choices such as Brenda Lee's "Let's Jump the Broomstick" and a ragged yet somewhat effective duet with Thompson on Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood" are good ones, though both sound as if they were afterthoughts. Her best record was still a year away, but The North Star Grassman is a solid effort from Denny's sadly shortened solo career. [The 2006 reissue includes four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0602498280218
catalogNumber:
9828021

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Performance Credits

Sandy Denny   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Alan Skidmore   Saxophone
Jerry Donahue   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Trevor Lucas   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Roger Bell   Saxophone
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Keyboards
Gerry Conway   Drums
Dick Cuthell   Trumpet
Pat Donaldson   Bass Guitar
Barry Dransfield   Violin,Background Vocals
Robin Dransfield   Background Vocals
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Tony Reeves   Bass Guitar
Ian Whiteman   Flute,Piano
Royston Wood   Background Vocals
Mike Rosen   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Sandy Denny   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Wood   Producer,Engineer
Harry Robinson   String Arrangements
Richard Clapton   Composer
Charles Robins   Composer
David Suff   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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