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Like most people who have ever heard her, I have a definite soft spot for Sandy Denny’s voice, which this album showcases on some excellently ethereal tracks (charming opener White Dress is wonderful, ‘A Stranger To Himself‘, ‘Dawn‘ and ‘After Halloween‘ are full of atmosphere). Denny’s return to the band lead to this 1975 release, which I think was intended to be the big breakthrough album – all new folk-rock songs, some a little reminiscent of American country rock, with not a traditional song to be heard. It wasn’t the commercial success the band hoped for, and Denny, along with husband Terry Lucas and Jerry Donahue left the band shortly after its release (drummer Dave Mattacks left during the recording session, being replaced by Bruce Rowland on six of the tracks).

The reissue is packaged with live tracks (White Dress sounds gorgeous live on LWT too), alternate versions, studio and home demos, and a second disc, recorded live at LA’s Troubador shortly after Denny’s return in 1974 – with a stunning version of the Denny-penned classic Who Knows Where The Time Goes (followed quite incongruously by a version of That’ll Be The Day).

The complete tracklisting is

DISC ONE

01: RISING FOR THE MOON ( 4.08 )
02: RESTLESS ( 4.01 )
03: WHITE DRESS ( 3.44 )
04: LET IT GO ( 2.00 )
05: STRANGER TO HIMSELF ( 2.51 )
06: WHAT IS TRUE ? ( 3.33 )
07: IRON LION ( 3.27 )
08: DAWN ( 3.42 )
09: AFTER HALLOWEEN ( 3.38 )
10: NIGHT-TIME GIRL ( 2.56 )
11: ONE MORE CHANCE ( 7.58 )

BONUS TRACKS

12: WHITE DRESS ( 3:24 ) Live on LWT – 9/8/1975
13: DAWN – ALTERNATE VERSION ( 4:11 )
14: WHAT IS TRUE ? – STUDIO DEMO ( 3:16 )
15: AFTER HALLOWEEN – DEMO ( 3:00 )
16: THE KING AND QUEEN OF ENGLAND – HOME DEMO ( 3:12 )

DISC TWO – LIVE AT THE LA TROUBADOUR

01: DOWN IN THE FLOOD ( 3:13 )
02: BALLAD OF NED KELLY ( 3:59 )
03: SOLO ( 5:40 )
04: IT’LL TAKE A LONG TIME ( 5:35 )
05: SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR ( 4:09 )
06: THE HENS MARCH THROUGH THE MIDDEN & THE FOUR POSTER BED (3:17 )
07: THE HEXAMSHIRE LASS ( 2:44 )
08: KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVENS DOOR ( 4:33 )
09: SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD ( 3:38 )
10: LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALTZ ( 4:19 )
11: JOHN THE GUN ( 5:10 )
12: DOWN WHERE THE DRUNKARDS ROLL ( 4:14 )
13: CRAZY LADY BLUES ( 3:54 )
14: WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES ( 6:54 )
15: MATTY GROVES ( 7:05 )
16: THAT’LL BE THE DAY

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