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All Our Own Work - The Complete Sessions Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Witchwood Media
  • ASIN: B003G44V9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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These historic recordings have every claim to be called the first British folk-rock album. 'All our own work' , comprising all original material, was recorded in Copenhagen in July 1967. Fairport Convention recorded their first album in November 1967 with Judy Dyble as their female singer; they did not start recording with Sandy Denny until June 1968. 'All our own work' has been shrouded in mystery for years. The sleeve-notes on the original release mistakenly claimed that the album was recorded in 1968. It was not released until 1973, to cash in on the Top Ten successes of Strawbs, and sold 65,000 copies. This new release dispels the myths. The booklet contains extracts from Dave Cousins diary with the full time-line; the original black and white sleeve photograph has been re-coloured; there are previously unheard songs. 'All our own work' contains the first recording of Sandy Denny's immortal 'Who knows where the time goes?' , which Judy Collins subsequently used as the title track of her 1968 album after hearing All our own work ! The first full CD release of the first British folk-rock album the complete sessions, remastered. 24 tracks - the original album, out-takes and demos plus three previously unreleased demos.

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Sandy Denny's partnership with The Strawbs is usually overlooked in most accounts of her tragically short career. However, this meticulously compiled reissue will ensure that this part of her output will at last get the proper consideration it deserves.

Recorded on a brief stopover during a short tour of Denmark in 1967, the resulting album remained unreleased until 1973. It was then rushed out on a budget label to cash-in on The Strawbs' sudden success in the singles charts with tracks from their Bursting at the Seams album of the same year.

Legendary folk producer Joe Boyd also had a go at sprinkling a bit of fairy dust on some of the material featured here in the early 90s. However, this is the first time these historic sessions have been released in their entirety, and it should go some way in satisfying the ongoing interest in all things Denny.

There's a real magic in hearing this first recording of Denny's enduring classic, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, and an extra frisson knowing that she was just 20-years-old when she stood before the microphone. There's a remarkable maturity about the performance. Little wonder that when a bootleg of this recording found its way to Judy Collins in 1968, the American singer was persuaded to cover this most poignant of tunes. In doing so, she secured Denny's position as a significant artist.

Yet in the rush to hail Denny's undoubted genius, it's important to not forget the work of Dave Cousins: The Strawbs' frontman composed the bulk of the tracks here. Cousins has a deftly tuned ear for a winning melody and there's pop and folk-rock gems aplenty, especially the upbeat rapture of On My Way and the Eastern-tinged introspection of Tell Me What You See in Me.

Producer Chris Tsangarides' careful remastering brings out the warmth of the original album, a record augmented by several outtakes, demos and three previously unreleased items. Considering everything on offer, this is pretty much an essential package.

--Sid Smith

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This is an album recordeed in july"67 that did not get a release at the time in the uk,it got a release in 1973 to maybe cash in on the success of The Strawbs and Sandy Denny at that time.This is an excellent cd with the 12 original tracks supplemented by 12 bonus tracks of out takes and demos,this is splendid folk pop with Sandy Denny in fine voice and the acoustics being played by THe Strawbs and Dave Cousins sharing vocal duties too,but its the bonus tracks im more excited about as they are top notch,its a real treat to hear Sandy Denny sing "Two weeks last summer"which was the title of a Dave cousins solo album which featured a reworked version of said track.I got a real surprise to hear "Tell me what you see in me"replete with nice sitar,an instrument which The Strawbs would use a few times in the 70s!!You also get the earliest (that i know of)version of Sandy Dennys"Who knows where the time goes",the only track written by Sandy for these recordings,you get 2 versions of this track,the bonus version has some marvellous orchestration which gives it a fuller sound,but the other version without the orchestra is excellent too,Sandy denny is in top voice on the recordings as is the playing by The Strawbs.I must admit to enjoying "All our Own Work" slightly more than the self titled Strawbs album which is a highly recommended listen too but came 2 years later.As for tracks which featured on that debut album,there are only 2 that feature on "All our own work" they are"Pieces of 79 and 15"which comes as a bonus demo and "Poor Jimmy Wilson".Read more ›
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The only time I ever saw Sandy Denny, I think in 1974, she sang "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" immediately after Fairport had played the powerful "Sloth". I swear that every one of the hundreds of sweaty, long-haired, bearded students crammed into the Great Hall at Lancaster University was in tears. It was the only song they played that night which I'd heard before -- on the original budget label LP of this album, played on my crummy Dansette record player with the speaker in the lid.

As both a Sandy Denny and a Strawbs fan I've had the original LP more or less since it came out, and also the 1991 Hannibal/Rykodisc CD version, and I have never noticed the pitch/timing problem another reviewer complains about. It makes absolutely no difference to the listening enjoyment if a song recorded in C is mastered in C#. Unless you have perfect pitch (in which case LOTS of records made before we all carried electronic tuners in our guitar cases will offend your sensitivities) I honestly don't think anyone will notice -- or care.

Just sit back and enjoy some lovely songs, beautifully sung by both Sandy Denny and Dave Cousins, and be grateful for all the bonus tracks.
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This is a very wecome appearance on CD, complete with demos and extras, of Sandy Denny's 1967 work with Dave Cousins and the incarnation of the Strawbs in place at that point in time. Recorded in Denmark, the album didn't get published until 1973, when it came out on Hallmark, a label more familiar at that time to session musician covers of Top of the Pops numbers. A nice vinyl copy of the original (like mine) is worth a few bob, I'm told.

Here we have Sandy Denny with a crystal clear voice, as yet un-tainted by fags and booze. We have "Who knows Where the Time Goes" recorded two years before it came out by Sandy and Fairport Convention on Unhalfbricking, and a bundle of Strawbs material that was recorded for this album before it too appeared elsewhere. There's a demo of "Two Weeks Last Summer", which, 5 years later made it as the title track of the first Dave Cousins solo work Two Weeks Last Summer, itself not put out on CD until more than 30 years later.

The album packs 24 tracks on to one disc, which is great value. The nine tracks called "Out-takes and Demos" are not the ill-rehearsed and unworthy material that the title sometimes implies. These are fully formed, perfectly reproduced songs and instrumentals (in the case of "Strawberry Picking") which simply didn't make it to the original album. Most have been available on bootlegs and collectors rarities for a while, but they are elevated here to join the canon of work with which they were born.
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This long awaited re-release of the Sandy & the Strawbs was originally issued on a budget label back in 1973 and
has never been officialy available in its entirety since, though most of the Sandy Denny tracks have already appeared on CD. On the LP release, the album was not mastered at the right speed and sadly, these errors have been copied for this 'remaster'. Some of the songs end up nearly a half tone sharp , and make Sandy Denny's voice sound strange in places because the playback is too fast. The problems appear to originate from the unconventional equipment used to make the album, a 1991 CD release on Hannibal records of some of the material presented here had the same timing error issues.

The original album versions of 'Who knows where the time goes', 'Sail away to the sea' and 'Tell me what you see in me' have previously appeared mastered at the right speed on the Sandy Denny compilation CD set 'Boxful of treasures' and sound a lot better for it.

As a big Sandy Denny fan, I would have loved to have been able to recommend this re-issue whole-heartedly but I think it's very disappointing that the remastering job was not done properly.
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