Sandy Denny - A Boxfull of Treasures - CD
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Sandy Denny
A Boxful of Treasures (Fled'gling)
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It's been done before, but this 5 CD set is pretty close to the definitive overview of this legendary English singer's work and includes a lot of material unavailable to the compilers of the Hannibal set from a few decades back. These studio recordings, but a lot of demo and unreleased material make this a pretty epic project, essential for Sandy Denny fans.

Long-form box with the 5 CDs, a 52 page full colour booklet - foreword by Richard Thompson, biographical essay by Jim Irvin, and coda by Dick Gaughan. Many of those musicians closest to Sandy contributed short reminiscences and stories to the project. The booklet is nicely illustrated with reproductions from Sandy's original lyric notebooks, plus rare and previously unpublished photographs.
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Other recordings you might want to see:
Fotheringay
Fairport UnConventionAl (box set)
Cropredy Capers (box set)
Richard Thompson Live (DVD)

All Richard Thompson
All Sandy Denny

Press from the label:
"We don't hear Sandy Denny on the radio these days. Her records, few that they are, don't fit the current formats, don't send the programmers into paroxysms, don't have listeners voting in. She couldn't be considered for sixties, seventies hit nostalgia; she never had hits. Rock album stations? Never sold enough albums. Even Nick Drake sneaks into the odd Easy Listening show, the music lulling and decieving, with its attractive surfaces hiding the pain within, something romantic for a cult to cling to. But where is Sandy's cult?

Where are the graveside vigilants a la Jim Morrison? The colour supplemental cultural dissections? The South Bank Show eulogies, the bad TV and film biopics telling us who should be important in our lives? Somewhere the taste gurus have failed the flock, have failed to tell us, after twenty years of hindsight opportunity, that Sandy Denny was the greatest British female artist of her generation." from Richard Thompson's foreword to Pamela Murray Winter's unpublished Sandy Denny biography.

Fledg'ling Records is approaching its tenth anniversary and fiftieth CD release. Ten years ago, when Fledg'ling records developed from the Richard Thompson newsletter Hokey Pokey and their collection of charity albums, I never imagined that the label would one day be issuing records by so many of our heroes. The label has grown from humble beginnings to a rich catalogue that includes some of the benchmark records of English folk-rock.

Earlier this year we began working on our largest and most ambitious project yet - a complete overview of Sandy Denny's recording career. With the support of Universal Island Records, Tim Chacksfield and I have been able to search through hours of archive recordings to present the most comprehensive portrait of Sandy Denny's music yet attempted.

A Boxful of Treasures is a mammoth 5CD set, from the earliest home recordings to Sandy's final studio recording in May 1977. Amongst the 88 tracks are 26 - - previously unreleased songs and many rare recordings.

Among the many highlights are a stunning solo performance of 'No End'; the original demo of 'Autopsy'; Fotheringay's reading of 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles'; an alternate take of 'Next Time Around'; home demo versions of 'All Our Days', 'Rising For The Moon' and 'By The Time It Gets Dark'; and a remarkable duet with Jess Roden on 'Losing Game'.

Imagine our excitement as reel after reel of multitrack tape was loaded unto the playback machine - would the tape, just marked "Sandy Denny", contain a hitherto unknown recording, an alternate set of lyrics or endless studio chat and false starts? Many days were spent searching for an elusive recording of Sandy singing 'Lord Bateman' - Ashley Hutchings recalled a memorable 1971 session with Steve Winwood playing organ. Careful searching eventually found five reels of tape, unfortunately they all contained rehearsal backing tracks, with no vocals at all. Months of careful research ensures that A Boxful of Treasures is a fitting tribute to the greatest British female artist of her generation.

A Boxful of Treasures was released at the end of September 2004. Included in the long-form box with the 5CDs is a 52 page full colour booklet - foreword by Richard Thompson, biographical essay by Jim Irvin, and coda by Dick Gaughan. Many of those musicians closest to Sandy have generously contributed short reminiscences and stories to the project. The booklet is lavishly illustrated with reproductions from Sandy's original lyric notebooks, plus rare and previously unpublished photographs. The booklet concludes with a full discographical track listing.

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