I bought the North Star Grassmen and the Raven as an LP many years ago, and then lost track of Sandy Denny's music. I have recently rediscovered her work and appreciate it and her peerless voice much more now in my advanced years!
I would have loved to be able to afford the complete boxed set but can't so bought this instead, wondering after the event what I was going to get, "demos, rarities and outtakes" sounds a bit like musical floor sweepings, and scratchy old recordings.
Fear not, its wonderful, the sound quality is good, quiet backgrounds and clear sound with Sandy's voice captured well in these usually simple recordings of Sandy with piano or guitar. It seems that with Fairport convention, she sometimes recorded herself with guitar, and the bass, drums etc were added by the rest of the group later, and some of the tracks here are those pre recordings, and valid in their own right.
An important aspect of this set is that it covers more or less her whole career and includes examples from the various solo and group periods of her career. There are large chunks of whole albums, although it is "only" 4 cds, they are full of music and you get 75 tracks. There are some tracks where you can hear the badinage between musicians, and Sandy's fruity laugh.
The set is very nicely presented with interesting and insightful notes ( I would have liked more) and lots of photos.
If you are a Sandy fan, this should be in your collection in my humble view