One Last Sad Refrain: The Final Concert 11/27/77

Sandy Denny

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One Last Sad Refrain: The Final Concert 11/27/77 Review

by Richie Unterberger

Less than six months after this performance, Sandy Denny would be dead. Her last concert, however, found her in voice remaining in pretty good shape, with accomplished backup, although the band is kind of prototypically bland in a mid-'70s rock sort of way. One of these tracks ("The Lady") actually shows up on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes? set; the rest is in very good fidelity, superb for a bootleg, and just below the standards you would expect on an official release. A mournful country-rock guitar is heard through much of the program, highlighted by "The Sea," a reading of Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time," and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes." As a significant bonus, the CD also has four songs from the very obscure 1972 Swedish Fly Girls soundtrack; these selections are curious but nice folk-rock, given an odd orchestral pop sort of production.