«Sandy Denny was only with the Strawbs for a short period of time, but she was around long enough to make some very memorable contributions to the band. […] Denny is clearly the main attraction on this CD. In contrast to the progressive-rock and art-rock elements the band would later embrace, these sides are acoustic-oriented and unmistakably British-sounding folk-pop. Gems like Tell Me What You See In Me, Nothing Else Will Do and Who Knows Where the Time Goes [her first – stunning – recorded composition] not only illustrate how superb and moving a singer Denny was, they also demonstrate how prolific a composer Dave Cousins was. One can only speculate as to what direction the Strawbs would have taken had Denny stayed, but what we know with certainty is that her short-lived association with Cousins was lucrative and valuable.» (AMG)
«The Troubadour in Earls Court was the “in” place to be in the late sixties. […] I dropped in at the singers’ night one Tuesday and suddenly, thee was the best voice I’d ever heard. She was sitting on a stool playing an old Gibson guitar, about eighteen, wearing a white dress, a white straw hat, with long blond hair and singing like an angel. I don’t know what came over me but I went up to her immediately afterwards, introduced myself and invited her to join The Strawbs. Much to my astonishment she said yes. […] We rehearsed round at Sandy’s flat and literally sang all night. The songs, the arrangements, happened as though by magic. We recorded some demos and a friend took them to Denmark to play to the boss of a record company he knew. Karl Knudsen phoned up offering us a contract and there we were on the ferry to Denmark, rehearsing in the bar, to make the album. It was as easy as that. […] Sandy Denny to me was the finest woman singer we ever had in this country and she was a dear and close friend who I miss a lot. I hope you enjoy the record. It meant a lot to Tony, Ron and me and I can tell you that it meant a lot to Sandy as well.» (Dave Cousins, from the liner notes to the 1991 reprint).
So long, Sandy. And thanx.
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