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A Boxful of Treasures [Box set]

Sandy Denny Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fledg'ling Records************
  • ASIN: B0004O5STA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 3.10 to Yuma
2. She Moves Through the Fair (home recording) (Previously Unreleased)
3. Boxful of Treasure (home recording) (Previously Unreleased)
4. They Don't Seem to Know You (home recording) (Previously Unreleased)
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fairport Convention - Si Tu Dois Partir
2. Fairport Convention - Cajun Woman
3. Fairport Convention - The Ballad of Easy Rider
4. Fairport Convention - A Sailor's Life
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
2. Next Time Around (alternate take without strings) (Previously Unreleased)
3. Blackwaterside
4. The Sea Captain
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Whispering Grass (radio session)
2. Solo
3. At the End of the Day (alternate take without strings) (Previously Unreleased)
4. Like an Old Fashioned Waltz
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. One Way Donkey Ride (demo) (Previously Unreleased)
2. I'm a Dreamer (demo) (Previously Unreleased)
3. Take Me Away (demo) (Previously Unreleased)
4. Rising For the Moon (demo) (Previously Unreleased)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

The most comprehensive portrait of one of England's finest singer-songwriters. A 5CD deluxe long format box set. Includes such previously unreleased gems as "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" outtake from 'Fotheringay', "Losing Game" duet with Jess Roden, "She Moves Through The Fair" live duet with Dave Swarbrick plus many alternate takes and early demo versions, with and without Fotheringay, Fairport Convention et al. 56 page full colour booklet with forward by Richard Thompson plus pieces and reminiscences from Jim Irvin (MOJO), Dick Gaughan, Julie Felix, Joe Boyd, John Renbourn, Gerry Conway, Danny Thompson, Iain Matthews, Jerry Donahue, 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Tod Lloyd, Andy Roberts, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks, Linda Thompson and Pete Townshend. Compiled by David Suff who researched and compiled the critically acclaimed 'The Watersons : Mighty River Of Song' and 'Shirley Collins : Within Sound' box sets. Also available: FLED3044 "Fotheringay", SPDCD1052 Sandy Denny & Trevor Lucas "The Attic Tracks".

Product Description

deluxe LONGBOX-5CD-book included-EAN 5020393500241

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a really fantastic compilation, bringing together some of the best and a lot of the rarest of Sandy's work at last. There's lots of well written, well researched info in the extensive notes included, and the demo version of "I'm A Dreamer" on disc 5 is worth forty quid of anyone's money on its own, in my opinion (though the 104 bonus tracks accompanying it are welcome too). Sandy's indescribable voice is treated really well by the mixing here, with the home demo tracks having a really intense intimacy.
I just hope this will be successful enough to encourage someone to finally remaster and re-release Sandy's last 2 solo albums (Like An Old Fashioned Waltz & Rendezvous). Most of the folk-roots fans don't seem so keen on her later work, but I think there's a fascinating meeting going on there between her musical background and an eagerness to experiment in other genres (30s crooning; pastoral-classical; confessional songwriting; rock ballads;... ) - examples of all of which can be found in this excellent collection.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boxful of Treasures - A Flawed Gem 29 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Once voted the best female vocalist by Melody Maker, Sandy Denny still remains one of the best kept secrets in music. She never achieved the commercial success that her talents deserved. This new boxed set, traces her history through her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, The Strawbs and her 3 solo albums. Her music was never fashionable, but her voice had a clarity and emotion that still cannot be matched, more than 25 years after her death.
Whilst much of the source material will already be familiar to those that love her music, there is still enough new and previously unreleased material to make this a valuable addition to any Collection. This 5 CD set is well laid out mixing the familiar with the home demos and studio outtakes.
The 56 page booklet is sympathetically written with a good selection of photographs, however, the author has not been afraid to pull any punches and tells Sandy's story as it was. She was headstrong, often drunk and could manipulate a situation, a Gem with a flaw, often she would press the self destruct button. But she was also an accomplished song writer and possesed a beautiful, powerful and haunting voice that deserved to be heard by more people.
This is not just for the Folkies, this is a must for all of the hopeless romantics out there.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Denny: England's Finest Folk Singer! 16 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is indeed a boxfull of treasures. I have some of the more familiar items on inferiour sounding CDs but the sound quality in this collection is excellent. I am especially grateful for the many outtakes and home demos. Sandy never needed big production in her recordings. Her voice, so clear and pure, only needed a guitar or piano both of which she played with brilliance. When Sandy died we lost a truly great artist whose talent will never be replaced. I am grateful for the research done to find the obscure material in this box set. Sandy is gone but her legacy of music will live on forever. This set is one that honours her music which remains timeless. I am grateful to have this superb set of Denny's music. It is worth the price because her music is priceless! Get this while it remains available. You will revel in this brilliant collection of Sandy Denny's music.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost (but not quite) perfect.... 19 Dec 2004
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Firstly for keen admirers of Sandy Denny's extraordinary talents (most notably her voice and songwriting) this set is an absolute must despite the few caveats I'll describe. However I do not think it fully deserves a five star rating and is certainly not for the uninitiated (to be fair I don't think is intended as such). Whilst there are some fantastic rare and lost tracks recovered for this set, most notably 'The Lowlands of Holland' from the long lost Peel Sessions compilation (will the licensing problems with that set ever be resolved so it can be re-released? One can but hope), predictably there are also some mystifying choices / omissions. These most likely can be attributed to licensing problems, no record label is going to license ALL of an artists best tracks out to such a comprehensive compilation as otherwise there would be no inventive to further explore the artist's back catalogue. Still there should not of been a place for 'Cajun Woman' off "Unhalfbricking", arguably Richard Thompson's worst track until the 1980s and certainly not as good showcase of Sandy Denny's abilities as the same album's full band version of "Autopsy", arguably one of her most haunting tracks and best vocal performances (and in the liner notes, Joe Boyd's single favorite track)? It is possible and perhaps inevitable for one to nitpick like this ad infinitum and no doubt Fledg'ling reasoned that this set would only be purchased by collectors who have most of the rest of Sandy Denny's catalogue anyway. Nevertheless it is still disappointing in that the set doesn't make for as consistent and rich a listening experience as might've been possible with a few substitutions here and there. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic 28 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I lived through the 60s & 70s. Initialy I was into heavy rock and underground music and have to confess that I had to be persuaded to listen to Folk/Rock. Steeleye Span started to convert me but it wasn,t untill I heard the the singing of Sandy on a Fairport album that I was fully converted. Her voice brought out a gentler side to me that I never knew I had. In her private life she was a little rascal, but her singing, sometimes sweet, sometimes strong got to the very heart of the music. It wasn't until the end of her life that her lifestyle began to show some ill affects. I have got all her albums but couldn't resist buying this collection. It contains so many unheard tracks, home demos and live recordings I thought it has to be worth the money. was I right? No, IT'S PRICELESS! Well done Tim Chacksfield and David Suff for putting this compilation together.
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