Sandy Denny – Live At The BBC 1966-1973 (2007)

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andy Denny performed on the BBC as a solo artist quite a bit between the years of 1966 and 1973, a span that saw her evolve from an obscure folk singer to Britain’s finest folk-rock vocalist. Twenty tracks from the early ’70s were briefly available on the 1997 release The BBC Sessions 1971-1973, but unfortunately that CD went out of print after its limited edition immediately sold out. A decade later, the four-disc box set Live at the BBC rectified that wrong and then some. It includes not only all of the material from The BBC Sessions 1971-1973, but 23 additional cuts as well, along with a DVD disc containing footage of the only three surviving songs she performed on BBC television. There’s also an interesting seven-minute interview from 1972, and Denny also provides insightful comments on her songs between the tracks taken from her 1973 session for the Sounds on Sunday program.
Unlike many other BBC collections, this particular one is essential for fans of the artist, even those who already own a lot of Sandy Denny. First and most importantly, the performances are uniformly fine and often superb, particularly in the vocal department. Second, it includes some songs that she did not put on her official releases, among them some traditional folk songs from 1966-1968 sessions done in her pre-Fairport Convention days; covers of Tom Paxton’s “Hold on to Me Babe” and Jackson C. Frank’s “Blues Run the Game,” and the traditional song “Sweet Nightingale,” done as a duet with Mick Groves of the Spinners on a 1971 television show. Also, and very significantly, the arrangements are usually stark, emphasizing her singing backed only by piano or guitar. These are quite different from many of the arrangements she elected to use for the same tunes on her studio releases, and those who feel her solo albums suffered from over-production will likely judge these BBC versions superior.

Disc One – In Session (01:13:21)
01. Fhir A’ Bhata (BBC – Folk Song Cellar) 04:31
02. Green Grow the Laurels (BBC – Folk Song Cellar 2/12/66) 03:54
03. Hold On To Me Babe (BBC – Cellarful Of Folk 6/3/67) 03:08
04. Blues Run The Game (BBC – Cellarful Of Folk 6/3/67) 02:44
05. Late November (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71) 05:09
06. Late November (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71) 03:46
07. Crazy Lady Blues (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71) 02:18
08. The Lowlands Of Holland (BBC Session – Bob Harris 24/8/71) 03:16
09. It Suits Me Well (BBC Session – Bob Harris 25/10/72) 04:22
10. The Music Weaver (BBC Session – Bob Harris 25/10/72) 03:09
11. Bushes And Briars (BBC Session – Bob Harris 25/10/72) 02:37
12. It’ll Take A Long Time (BBC Session – Bob Harris 25/10/72) 04:03
13. Solo (BBC Session – John Peel 11/9/73) 04:37
14. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (BBC Session – John Peel 11/9/73) 03:32
15. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (BBC Session – John Peel 11/9/73) 05:36
16. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (BBC Session – Bob Harris 14/11/73) 04:09
17. Whispering Grass (BBC Session – Bob Harris 14/11/73) 03:44
18. Dark The Night (BBC Session – Bob Harris 14/11/73) 04:08
19. Solo (BBC Session – Bob Harris 14/11/73) 04:28

Disc Two – In Concert (01:02:51)
01. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 03:47
02. Sweet Rosemary (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 03:25
03. The Lady (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 03:45
04. Bruton Town (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 04:45
05. Next Time Around (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 04:46
06. Blackwaterside (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 03:43
07. John The Gun (BBC In Concert – Paris Theatre 16/3/72) 03:14
08. The Lady (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 04:21
09. Bushes And Briars (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 04:11
10. It Suits Me Well (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 05:14
11. Blackwaterside (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 03:36
12. The Music Weaver (BBc – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 04:51
13. The Sea Captain (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 03:18
14. John The Gun (BBC – Sounds On Sunday 14/11/73) 04:02
15. Dialogue – Interview (Tomorrow’s People BBC World Service Programme 1972) 07:45

Disc Four – “Off-Air” Recording (00:33:38)
01. This Train (BBC World Service – June 1967) 01:59
02. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor (BBC World Service – June 1967) 02:21
03. The Last Thing On My Mind (BBC World Service – June 1967) 03:24
04. You Never Wanted Me (BBC World Service – June 1967) 03:06
05. Been On The Road So Long (BBC – My Kind Of Folk 26/6/68) 02:23
06. The Quiet Land Of Erin (BBC – My Kind Of Folk 26/6/68) 03:22
07. Sweet Nightingale (BBC – Spinners TV Show 22/4/71) 02:01
08. Blackwaterside (BBC – Spinners TV Show 22/4/71) 04:19
09. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (BBC – Sounds Of The 70s) 02:54
10. The Lady (Old Grey Whistle Test TV 13/6/72) 03:36
11. It’ll Take A Long Time (Old Grey Whistle Test TV 13/6/72) 04:06

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