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Playlist 22.11.10

Stuart Bailie | 18:22 UK time, Thursday, 25 November 2010

One of the later recordings that Phil Lynott made was a 1984 release, 'Tribute To Sandy Denny'. There he was, with his leather, his studs and his noise, but at the heart of it, he still loved his folk. And in particular, he was sweet on Sandy, former singer with Fairport Convention, one of the towering voices of her era.

Sandy didn't bother with the wailing, the demonstratives or the vibrato. The voice was pared down, but it still she had so much authority. Her own songs were capable and she had the presence to steer the UK folk scene away from the American influences. She could also sit easy with Led Zeppelin,

She died young and her catalogue wasn't huge but now there's a 19 CD boxed set of her life and times. Which is great if you want the earliest of ideas, alternate versions and seven versions of the staggering 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes'.
You would never foist this on the casual listener, but I love the idea of a Sandy devotional, unwrapping this lifework with extra festive cheer.

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Playlist 22.11.10

Wanda Jackson - Thunder In The Mountain (Nonesuch)
Jenny and Johnny - Just Like Zeus (Warner)
Gaslight Anthem - American Slang (Side One Dummy)
Paul Shevlin - Lift Up Your Head (white)
Elvis Costello - My Lovely Jezebel (Universal)
Phil Wilson - Found A Friend (yesboyicecream)
Jimmy Rodgers - Train Whistle Blues (Proper)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night (4ad)
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love (Sony)
The Jane Bradfords - Judicial Duel (white)

Wanda Jackson - Rip It Up (Nonesuch)
The 1930s - Break My Heart (white)
Jenny and Johnny - Switchblade (Warner)
Elvis Costello - Church Underground (Universal)
Twin Shadow - Castles In The Snow (4ad)
Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Island)
Kate Rusby - Walk The Road (Pure)
Pulp - Sylvia (Island)
Paul Shevlin - Good Morning (white)
The National - Terrible Love (4ad)
Rufus Wainwright - Goodnight Sweetheart (Hannibal)
Robert Plant - Silver Rider (Decca)
Levity Breaks - The Border (white)

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