The North Star Grassman and the Ravens

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One could argue Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention at just the right time -- her final album with the group, 1969's Liege & Lief, was both a masterpiece and a millstone, a brilliant work they would never top -- but her instincts were not as keen in terms of launching her solo career. Denny not unreasonably wanted a showcase for her own songwriting, but after leaving Fairport she opted to join Fotheringay, a talented folk-rock band but one that was neither as interesting nor as visionary as Fairport. Fotheringay splintered during the recording of their second LP, and Denny seemed to still be finding her footing as she set out to make her first solo album. The North ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One could argue Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention at just the right time -- her final album with the group, 1969's Liege & Lief, was both a masterpiece and a millstone, a brilliant work they would never top -- but her instincts were not as keen in terms of launching her solo career. Denny not unreasonably wanted a showcase for her own songwriting, but after leaving Fairport she opted to join Fotheringay, a talented folk-rock band but one that was neither as interesting nor as visionary as Fairport. Fotheringay splintered during the recording of their second LP, and Denny seemed to still be finding her footing as she set out to make her first solo album. The North Star Grassman and the Ravens was co-produced by Denny, fellow Fairport alumnus Richard Thompson and John Wood, and the interplay between Denny's vocals and Thompson's understated but striking lead guitar work is one of the best things about the record. With a gifted crew of U.K. folk-rockers backing her up, the sessions confirmed that Denny was still one of the most gifted and thoughtful vocalists to emerge from the British folk community, and she was also a talent to be reckoned with as a songwriter: "John the Gun," "Late November," and the title tune are only a little short of brilliant. But as good as the original songs were, and as compelling as Denny's vocals may have been, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens feels tentative and uneven. While Denny had the strength to do rock-oriented material, the covers of Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood" and Brenda Lee's "Let's Jump the Broomstick" sound sloppy and meandering, and as sympathetic and expert as the production may be, the deference to Denny's vocals leaves the music a bit pale in comparison, while most of the tracks lack the personality they deserve. By any standards, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens is a fine album full of great songs and inspired vocal performances, but considering the excellence of Denny's music in Fairport Convention, it was a genuine disappointment, and seems pale in comparison to her next two solo efforts, Sandy and Like an Old-Fashioned Waltz. [In 2011, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens was reissued in a deluxe two-disc edition, and it's a genuine improvement on the original. Disc one features a remastered version of the original 11-song album along with four bonus tracks, but disc two is where the greatest treasures lie, leading off with five unreleased demos and following with seven live performances from the BBC archives. On most of these tracks, Denny performs solo, accompanying herself on guitar and piano, and where the album sometimes sounds uncertain and unfocused, here Denny is brimming with confidence and dramatic force. Even for those fans who don't care for The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, the bonus material makes this a must for anyone who loves Sandy Denny's voice and music.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1995
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257442923
  • Catalog Number: 4429

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Late November (4:27)
  2. 2 Blackwaterside (4:10)
  3. 3 The Sea Captain (3:07)
  4. 4 Down in the Flood (3:17)
  5. 5 John the Gun (4:35)
  6. 6 Next Time Around (4:22)
  7. 7 The Optimist (3:22)
  8. 8 Let's Jump the Broomstick (2:40)
  9. 9 Wretched Wilbur (2:34)
  10. 10 The North Star Grassman and the Ravens (3:25)
  11. 11 Crazy Lady Blues (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sandy Denny Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Richard Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Jerry Donahue Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Trevor Lucas Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roy Wood Vocals
Gerry Conway Drums
Pat Donaldson Bass, Vocals
Barry Dransfield Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robin Dransfield Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Reeves Bass
Ian Whiteman Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Royston Wood Background Vocals
Roger Powell Drums
Technical Credits
Sandy Denny Producer
Richard Thompson Producer
John Wood Producer, Engineer
Roy Wood Producer, Engineer
Harry Robinson Arranger
Georg Bertl Composer
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