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Sandy Denny-Under Review [DVD] [2006]

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Chrome Dreams
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GPPOP0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Documentary reviewing the music and career of female singer songwriter Sandy Denny. Although deeply revered amongst fans of folk music and the 'singer-songwriter' genre, she has never received the universal acclaim so long overdue and so often heaped on those of a far lesser talent. This documentary attempts to redress this imbalance and reveal why she remains such an inspiration to so many. The film includes musical performances by Sandy Denny, reviewed and re-assessed by a team of esteemed experts, obscure footage and rarely-seen photographs of Sandy, brand new and exclusive interviews with Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, Dave Mattacks, Gerry Conway and John Renbourn, Fairport Convention biographer and all round Sandy Denny expert Patrick Humphries, folk journalist Colin Irwin and Uncut magazine's contributing editor, Nigel Williamson.

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Sandy Denny è sicuramente una fra le folk singer inglesi più brave. Sfortunatamente la sua fama è rimasta solo fra i suoi confini, in realtà la sua carriera solista o le sue collaborazioni con i Fairport Convention hanno segnato la storia musicale, influenzando molte song-writers donna. In questo filmato possiamo ripercorrere la sua carriera attraverso critiche musicali, live e studio recordings e highlights d'annata.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice try, but could be so much better 3 Sep 2006
I have been looking forward to a Sandy dvd for ages so snapped this up as soon as it came out.

If you want other musicians stories relating to Sandy's career then you will find this a good dvd. But for every 10 mins of talking to people who knew her, all you get 30 seconds of video footage of her.

If they had taken all the video clips they show and shown the full footage for each song, I would quite willingly paid three times the cost of this dvd.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandy A critical analysis 21 Oct 2006
This DVD contains some footage I had not seen before - understandably, given the times when Sandy performed, video footage was rare, no doubt helped by the TV companies habit of re-using tapes now and again! Some very straight talking by Martin Carthy about Trevor Lucas, good value from Gerry Conway and Dave Mattacks. all in all a balaced view of Sandy Denny, warts and all. Pretty much what it says on the tin.

The whole DVD just reinforces the sadness at her untimely demise - she had so much more to give.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping this is any good? Believ me, it is! 14 Aug 2006
I saw a poster for this dvd when at the 2006 Cropredy festival, and thus ran off to buy it at any market stall I could find that sold it. It's cover suggests a probably poor quality piece of journalism, but if, like me you think that you are wrong! It is quite an academic piece, which suits her story beautifully, it covers her career quite closely and, lets be honest, it contains several snips of footage that have laid dormant in some television archives somewhere under layer of dust. Notable examples are of the one in ten programme, showing snips of Late November, Crazy Lady Blues and The North Star Grassmen and the Ravens. I've had this footage for a while, but it's always nice to see. The other outstanding footage is of Fotheringay, playing Too Much of Nothing and Gypsy Davey. Wow! Where has this been all these years and how much not more is there? Sorry, I'm going off at a tangent. Oh, there's a snip of Fairport in Rising for the Moon lineup, doing Downb in the Flood, Like and Old Fashioned Waltz and Solo (in grainy b&w). So, lots to get fans' lips smacking.

Also, there are lots of intelligent and, essentially for such a product, interesting interviews with people who knew her; John Renbourne, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Cathy, Dave Mattacks and some academic, but none the less thought provoking interviewing interviews with music journalists who clearly display a knowledge and deep love of her work.

I think many who see this product is out to buy, after no televisual documentaries of her have ever been produced, either for vidoe/dvd release or television, will be nipping themselves and hoping it is worth the time spent to investigate. I am a looooong term Sandy fan, a completist of her work and have spend years trawling the internet for anything new (or old!) and this is an excellent documentary and hopfully will generate soem new fans. If it does that, and nothing else it will have done it's job. Whoever is behind it, well done! It's a peach!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A flawed documentary but a brilliant subject 6 Oct 2006
By Steve S
If, like me, you are a massive Sandy Denny fan who laments the lack of video footage available to supplement her catalogue of solo and Fotheringport material, then you will almost certainly jump at the opportunity to see, in this DVD, some new material.

Unfortunately, what we have is a meander through Sandy's recording career in the company of three windbag journalists, without the benefit of any sensible editorial control. I am sure that in the written medium their discourses would be cut-down and more to the point, and they clearly know their subject, but here they are just left to waffle on and this detracts from the messages they are trying to convey. Some tracks are analysed in the minutest detail and some equally important material does not get a mention.

There a few of Sandy's musical collaborators on hand to add their opinions and insights, but there is the impression that these were just the few that happened to be in town the week that the interviews were recorded. Martin Carthy is impassioned as always, most notably in defence of Trevor Lucas who has had some bad press for his "desertion" of Sandy prior to her death. A rather camp-looking Dave Mattacks and fellow-drummer Gerry Conway are again afflicted by the absence of editing, which is a shame as I think Gerry gives the most credible explanation of Sandy's career dilemmas. Dave Swarbrick's comments have a certain poignancy; not enjoying the best of health, himself, it seems especially sad that he can't listen to Sandy these days because of the emotions her voice evokes.

As for the music footage, well there is very little and nothing in-full. In summary, for die-hards and completists only!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten talent 6 Oct 2012
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Sandy Denny now seems to have been largely forgotten, but in the 1970s she was a major star in the folk rock world, and is the only guest vocalist to have performed on a Led Zeppelin track.She wrote some wonderful songs, but seems to have suffered from a lack of confidence in her own ability.
The DVD is mainly composed of recollections from people who knew or worked with her, and there is surprisngly little footage of her performing.
I've given it 5 stars as it is an honest attempt to give a balanced account of a woman, who could have achieved so much, but whose life was tragically cut short.
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