A great album in so many ways, the circumstances in which it came about were unfortunate. Sandie felt constrained by her record label, Pye, and her manager, Eve Taylor, who had their own ideas about how Sandie's career should progress. There is also no reason to doubt that if Sandie had gone along with what they wanted, she could have had a very successful career for some years thereafter. However, Sandie had other ideas and recorded this album to show people what direction she really wanted for her career. This album, though released by Pye, effectively marked the end of her career with them and the end of Eve Taylor as Sandie's manager. There were some further Pye singles, notably a cover of Rose garden, when it was unclear if Lynn Anderson's own cover of the song (written by Joe South) would be a UK hit. I wonder if the soured relations between Sandie and Pye affected the chances of her version becoming the big hit instead of Lynn's version. But back to this fascinating album.
I'll admit that I was confused the first time I played this album. It's certainly not what one imagines when one thinks of Sandie's previous albums and singles. However, it is her personal statement. The album as originally released (the first ten tracks here) are covers of songs by artists who Sandie thought were important to sixties music. No surprise, then, that the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are all represented. Beyond those, I noticed the omission of anything by the Beach Boys and any Motown songs, though R+B music is represented by Walkin' the dog. The Bee Gees are represented, but by With the sun in my eyes - not the most obvious choice, even in 1969. Still, these were Sandie's choices and whatever anybody might think about her choices, she performed them well.
The original ten tracks are expanded to 20 here by including some tracks recorded for possible inclusion on the album, such as Fool on the hill (ultimately rejected, it seems, in favour of Love me do) and, as usual for this series, some A and B sides of singles released at around the time of the album (not Rose garden - that came later, in 1971).
Sandie found other work after her Pye contract ended in 1972, only returning to the music business in the eighties after the Smiths, who confessed to being among Sandie's fans, persuaded her to return, but that music is available elsewhere. The music here has been better appreciated in the years and decades since it was recorded than at the time. Enjoy it for what it is - nothing like Sandie's earlier music.