The Notes & The Words – A Collection Of Demos & Rarities is the answer Sandy Denny fans, unable to afford the 19 disc box set, have been waiting for.
Ranging from live recordings, home recordings, out takes & ‘chat’, the selection gives the album a very personable feel. As the listener you feel you are getting an insight into all aspects of Denny’s career.
The 75 tracks tell the story of Denny’s life, her time with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay & her solo career. It was Sandy who encouraged Fairport Convention to dip into aspects of traditional British Folk music, she was truly influential to their style.
When Denny rejoined Fairport in 1974 the band had an extremely busy year – disc 4 features some of the recordings from this time. One of these includes Knocking on Heavens Door, a Bob Dylan cover, which Denny covers with passion & great emotion.
The simplicity of the recordings on The Notes & Words compliments Denny’s calming, pure voice on a very intimate level.
‘No End’ was a true highlight as the change of the phrasing emphasises Denny’s style, talent & individuality.
The album comes to an end with Denny’s last original composition, Makes Me Think Of You as a home demo recording, which is pure lyrical genius.
Review by Emma Baldwin