The first bonus track is a truly marvellous rendition of “The Ballad of Ned Kelly”, a song which had first seen the light of day on “Fotheringay” [see above] in 1970. Three fifths of Fotheringay were, of course, in the band at this time, including the principal singers Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas, who were by then married to each other. The version here features Sandy Denny more than does the Fotheringay one, though Trevor Lucas still very much takes the lead. Sandy Denny is on her very best form, with hints of the Grace Slick style that she sometimes used much to the fore; a blistering performance.
Track 11 is the rock’n’roll classic “Something You Got”, done with immense power, style and class. Once again, Sandy Denny is at her very best, showing that she was just as much at home with this stuff as she was with the folky material. She really belts out her refrains and makes the song sheer, unaldulterated joy to listen to.
This just leaves Track 12 on the CD, “The Claw” which is a Jerry Donahue acoustic guitar solo; very proficient indeed, but frankly nothing remarkable.
Before we get to the dark and dismal days of 1976, the CD does have som unique notes, to which I shall return next time.