Today we start a consideration of the music on this truly remarkable CD, which took 38 years to produce.Track 1 is a Sandy Denny song called “John The Gun”, which I first came across on her first solo album “The North Star….”. This is a harsh and insistent song in both versions, but this Fotheringay one is heavier than the other, and has better instrumental breaks, which takes some of the harshness away. There is also a saxophone here, which is absent from the solo rendition. This is a fine song in any event, and shows Sandy’s vocal prowess off wonderfully, but it is not really to my taste. This one does appear on CD 5 of the 19 CD Box Set, and lasts 5.07 minutes.Track 2 is for me a much more appealing song, the traditional “Eppie Moray”. This is an upbeat Scottish tale of rough romance, rattling through in just 4.10 minutes. Trevor Lucas is excellent in taking the “male part” lead vocals, and Sandy Denny is just splendid on the female bits. Cracking stuff. Again, this features on CD 5 of the 19 CD Box Set.Track 3 is another traditional one, “Wild Mountain Thyme”, which I had first heard as the Byrds’ version on “Fifth Dimension”. Fotheringay’s, however, is truly lovely, and in my view by far the best version I have ever heard by anyone. Sandy is on top form, the arrangement is fantastic, and there are some super harmonies on short bits of the chorus. The overall effect is simply brilliant. It lasts just 3.51 minutes, and is of course on CD 5 of the Box Set.More of the music next time.
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