Sandy Denny

The Notes and the Words: A Collection of Demos and Rarities

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2010's mammoth, highly collectible and very limited, 19-disc Sandy Denny box set was truly a thing to behold, presenting the entirety of her career from studio to stage to front porch. It was a completist's dream, but it came with an exceptionally high price tag, which makes the appearance of 2011's Notes and the Words: A Collection of Demos and Rarities a real gift for fans, especially those who already own the complete studio recordings, whether solo or with Fotheringay, Strawbs, or Fairport Convention. The handsome, limited-edition four-disc box skims the cream from the top of the myriad rarities, BBC sessions, demos, and outtakes that made the previous collection so remarkable (an intimate bedroom recording of Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game"; an early demo of Like an Old Fashioned Waltz's "Carnival" with previously unheard melodies and lyrics; a blistering alternate studio take of a Dave Swarbrick-less "Sailor's Life," and alternate versions of Fairport classics like "Matty Groves," "Come All Ye," and "Fotheringay"), resulting in a wonderful window into one of English folk music's most magnificent voices.

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:08
2 3:00
3 1:38
4 2:17
5 3:22 Amazon
6 3:16
7 4:26
8 4:10
9 4:09
10 3:45
11 3:17
12 3:12
13 4:27
14 4:17
15 4:31
16 3:54
17 4:59
18 2:53
19 4:30 Amazon
21 2:46 Amazon
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