SANDY DENNY - Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (1985)
Known Stateside principally as the female voice on Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" and the author of the Judy Collins- covered "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," Sandy Denny's stature has continued to grow since her accidental death in 1978. This three-CD set has been distilled into a single disc (The Best of...) that makes for a great first date with the Brit folk goddess, but her artistry demands the depth of a box. Cherry-picked from her solo recordings and stints with the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, and Fotheringay, this collection beautifully balances her reworkings of trad songs ("Tam Lin," "Banks of the Nile"), covers (from Bob Dylan, Richard Farina, and Ernest Tubb), and meditative originals. This magnificently produced multi-disc boxed set presents a complete portrait of Sandy Denny, the haunting singer, the melodic, mournful songwriter, and the mesmerizing bandleader of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. Much of the material is previously unheard, but it's all of a piece with Denny's accomplished work on her solo albums and in her groups. The album makes the case for Denny as a major folk artist.
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