Sleeve notes

Sandy Denny: Like An Old Fashioned Waltz, De-Luxe Edition

I was lucky enough to interview Sandy when I was freelancing for NME in 1977. She was open, gregarious and very happy to look back on her career, which she felt wasn’t really going anywhere. Sad to think she never lived to see the esteem in which she is now held. This, her third solo LP, is felt by many to be her best. I agree, if only for the title track, ‘Solo’ and ‘At The End Of The Day’.

Sales were poor on its original release in 1974, held up by the vinyl shortage, and by which time she was back alongside her husband, Trevor Lucas, in Fairport Convention. I was asked to write sleeve notes for this lavish 2010 reissue, bolstered by a second CD of rare recordings sourced by the indefatigable Andrew Batt. I saw Sandy in Greenwich with Fairport in the mid-70s, and her performing songs from this album stay with me to this day.