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Sandy Denny & The Strawbs - All Our Own Work - The Complete Sessions (remastered) (cd)
Recorded in July 1967, the seminal Folk-Rock album All Our Own Work was originally released in 1973, to cash in on the Top 10 successes of the Strawbs.
Containing the first recording of Sandy Denny's magical Who Knows Where The Time Goes?, the album represented a fascinating glimpse into the early work of two soon to be acknowledged major talents.
This new remastered edition comprises the complete sessions, including the original album, out-takes, demos and three previously unreleased tracks.
The detailed booklet features illuminating extracts from Dave Cousins's diary.
Sid Smith's BBC site review:
Sandy Denny's partnership with The Strawbs is usually overlooked in most accounts of her tragically short career. However, this meticulously compiled reissue will ensure that this part of her output will at last get the proper consideration it deserves.
Recorded on a brief stopover during a short tour of Denmark in 1967, the resulting album remained unreleased until 1973. It was then rushed out on a budget label to cash-in on The Strawbs' sudden success in the singles charts with tracks from their Bursting at the Seams album of the same year.
Legendary folk producer Joe Boyd also had a go at sprinkling a bit of fairy dust on some of the material featured here in the early 90s. However, this is the first time these historic sessions have been released in their entirety, and it should go some way in satisfying the ongoing interest in all things Denny.
There's a real magic in hearing this first recording of Denny's enduring classic, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, and an extra frisson knowing that she was just 20-years-old when she stood before the microphone. There's a remarkable maturity about the performance. Little wonder that when a bootleg of this recording found its way to Judy Collins in 1968, the American singer was persuaded to cover this most poignant of tunes. In doing so, she secured Denny's position as a significant artist.
Yet in the rush to hail Denny's undoubted genius, it's important to not forget the work of Dave Cousins: The Strawbs' frontman composed the bulk of the tracks here. Cousins has a deftly tuned ear for a winning melody and there's pop and folk-rock gems aplenty, especially the upbeat rapture of On My Way and the Eastern-tinged introspection of Tell Me What You See in Me.
Producer Chris Tsangarides' careful remastering brings out the warmth of the original album, a record augmented by several outtakes, demos and three previously unreleased items. Considering everything on offer, this is pretty much an essential package.
1. On My Way
2. Who Knows Where The Times Goes?
3. Tell Me What You See In Me
4. Always On My Mind
5. Stay Awhile With Me
6. Wild Strawberries
7. All I Need Is You
8. How Everyone But Sam Was A Hypocrite
9. Sail Away To The Sea
11. Nothing Else Will Do
12. And You Need Me
Out-Takes And Demos
13. Two Weeks Last Summer
14. Nothing Else Will Do
15. Tell Me What You See In Me
16. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
17. Stay Awhile With Me
18. And You Need Me
19. I've Been My Own Worst Friend
20. Poor Jimmy Wilson
21. Strawberry Picking
Previously Unreleased Demos
22. The Family Duval
23. The Falling Leaves
24. Pieces Of 79 And 15
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