The expanded CD insert has some notes by David Suff dated January 2005, with which I am not totally in agreement. Nevertheless, they clearly constitute a sensible introduction to the album, so I intend to set them out here. They kick off like this, on Page 4 of the insert:
“SANDY DENNY has long been regarded as one of this country’s very finest singer-songwriters, and her debut solo album – 1971’s The North Star Grassman and the Ravens as one of her richest, if idiosyncratic, recordings. The album shares a dense drone-based tonality with her erstwhile Fairport Convention colleague Richard Thompson’s Henry The Human Fly; lyrically it is perhaps not too fanciful to hear in these songs an abiding English preoccupation with autumnal melancholia. The title of the opening track, Late November, neatly encapsulates the setting for so much of the music on this beautiful album.
The depths of the waters
The bridge which distraught us
And brought to me thoughts
Of the ill-fated day.“