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Like An Old Fashioned Waltz Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0007Q6S08
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Solo
  2. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
  3. Whispering Grass
  4. Friends
  5. Carnival
  6. Dark The Night
  7. At The End Of The Day
  8. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
  9. No End
  10. At The End Of The Day (Alternate Take Bonus Version)
  11. King And Queen Of England (Bonus Version)
  12. Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (Bonus Version)
  13. No End (Bonus Version)

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This remastered reissue of Sandy Denny‘s third solo album from 1974 has been digitally remastered with four bonus tracks and sleevenotes. With Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, Sandy Denny expanded on the more polished moments that her previous work, Sandy (1972), had suggested. The tone throughout most of the record is melancholy and personal, with gentle piano, rich strings, and barely a trace of her British folk roots. "Solo," one of her best songs, opens the album with a sense of apprehension and yearning, while cuts such as the beautifully vivid title track, the longing "At the End of the Day," and the evocative closer "No End" nicely follow suit. The Ink Spots covers "Whispering Grass" and "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" break the mood a bit, but it’s a testament to the breadth of Denny’s talent that she’s able to make this sort of jazz-inflected pop work for her. The! se two songs seem to hint at a new direction that never really materialized in her final years, though an entire album of Ink Spots tunes was actually rumoured at one point. As Sandy Denny’s last solo work for four years, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz remains an intimate and moving record.

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Good morning, good afternoon
and what have you got to say?
Well I'm waiting, but I can't stay long,
it's such a lovely day

How I would love to award this a full five stars, but a combination of too many saccharine strings, the odd plodding arrangement, and one too many Ink Spots covers renders this third solo album from 1973 by the immortal Sandy a mostly beautiful but occasionally frustrating experience.
Island had two brilliant orchestral arrangers they tended to call on: Robert Kirby for Nick Drake, and Harry Robinson, whose arrangements on most of these songs are in fact superb, but not always as welcome as they might be. (Have a listen to the stringless extra tracks to hear the difference.)
However, this sumptuous record opens with a stunning classic. Simply called Solo, it's one of Sandy's greatest songs and most assured performances, with a riveting accompaniment, in particular the crisp, incisive drumming of Dave Mattacks whose varied thwacks and subtle beats before each chorus - and what a chorus! - are as thrilling as anything by Bonham or Moon. It's a glorious song that I never tire of hearing.

I've just gone - solo
Do you play - solo
Ain't life a solo

The title track is where the strings really come into their own, and they actually complement a lush, romantic song by Sandy which is both touching and stately, just like the lady herself could be at times.
There are two Ink Spots songs (and I grew up with my parents' 78s of many of them) and Sandy sings them well, but no more than that. For me, they dilute the album as surely as did her ill-advised, shoddy Dylan and Brenda Lee covers on her first solo LP.
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A few years ago I was introduced to a group called Fairport Convention by a friend. The song she played was Matty Groves, and instantly I was entranced by two things, Dave Swarbrick's fiddle, and Sandy Denny's voice. Since then I have built up a collection of Sandy Denny's albums, both solo and in groups, and these stand as some of my favourites in my collection.

She had a voice that was controlled and full of technical skill, but with a real throbbing intense passion lurking just beneath that threatened to burst free at any moment. She started out as a folk vocalist, but through her work with groups such s Fairport and her later solo albums she expanded to become so much more. Rooted in folk certainly, but overlaid with many other layers that made her unique.

This is her third solo album. It's a delicious set of folk /folk rock tracks, with some light blues and jazz tinges around the edges. Front and centre is Denny's amazing voice as she gently leads us through a series of tales of life, love and loss. It's a gentle, almost mournful. Her singing is just magnetic, full of charm and beauty. It's an album to just put on and get lost in. There are oddities here, a cover of Whispering Grass seems like an odd choice, but it's a beautiful, mournful version that conveys the sadness of the singer at the betrayal, and is far superior to the Don Estelle/Windsor Davies version, lifting ot from the novelty song and making it a masterpiece.

This remastered version is a pure joy. The remastering is superb, and allows you to hear the colour and dynamics in Denny's voice. There is a host of extra tracks at the end that really add to the album.

In all this is a special album. Really beautiful music to entrance you. 5 stars.
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Prompt delivery, reasonable price & in good condition. Thanks.
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Ive not heard this album in over 30yrs,mainly due to the fact that my vinyl copy lies dormant in my brothers home in Australia!
So I was so delighted to purchase a rare CD of the album.
It goes without saying Like an old fashioned waltz is a refreshing diversion from the brilliant folk standards set by Sandy and the other Fairport ensemble,although most of the boys feature heavily on this album.
Sandy Denny's outstanding vocal talents are a tour-de-force,with excellant orchestral arrangements by Harry Robinson and great production by Trevor Lucas.
Nine great tracks bear testament to how good this album truly is,
a timeless classic,with a mixture of lush,panoramic ballads such as the title track Like an old fashioned waltz and At the end of the day thru to the gutsy melodic Dark the night, even a Sammy Cahn classic features (until the real thing comes along).
What a loss Sandy Denny is to folk but as they say the music lives on.
A classic,worth a listen.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2009
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Having recorded one album with the Strawbs, three with Fairport Convention and one with Fotheringay, Sandy Denny embarked on a solo career, during which she recorded three albums before returning to Fairport Convention and recording a further album. She then recorded a fourth solo album, released in 1977, before her career was cut short by her premature death in 1978.

This 1973 album is described in the liner notes accompanying the expanded 2005 edition as a beautiful album, suffused with a late summer reflective romanticism. Well, that's one person's description, but as I write this on a snowy February day, anything to do with summer seems to be a long way off. Actually, it's a great album to listen to at any time of year, and the songs are definitely of the mellow, romantic variety.

Taking the nine tracks on the album as originally issued first, Sandy wrote seven of them herself. The other two are songs that were in her father's record collection. One of them, Whispering grass, had been an American top ten hit for the Ink Spots and became a UK number one hit for Don Estelle and Windsor Davies in 1975. The other is a Fats Waller song, Until the real thing comes along. I love Sandy's covers of these songs, but it is her own songs that are what this album is really all about. From the opener (Solo) to the closer (No end), each track is brilliant. The title track cheekily begins with a line from another famous song by declaring that roses are red and violets are blue, but the rest of the song is much deeper than that other song.

Three of the four bonus tracks are alternate versions of tracks that appeared on the main album , these being At the end of the day (without strings), the title track (live version with Fairport Convention) and No end (solo piano version).
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