Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Artist: Sandy Denny
Album: Sandy

Label: A&M

Catalog: SP 4371
Year: 1972
Art Designer: not listed
Photographer: David Bailey
Grade: **** stars

I'll readily admit I'm not a gigantic fan of English folk-rock, but I make an exception for the late Sandy Denny.  There's just something special in her voice - not to sound hyper-sensitive, or anything, but the woman could sing a phonebook listing and make you sit up and take notice.   From what little I've read about her life, Denny was a tough, if highly troubled woman.  I've seen photos of her where she looks like she could take care of herself in any brawl.   And maybe that's one of the things that makes the David Bailey album cover so stunning.   Not only did Bailey managed to capture a stunning picture of Denny (she really does look gorgeous), but she looks peaceful, relaxed, and comfortable on the album cover.    

For anyone interested, the British National Portrait Gallery will sell you an unframed copy for about $20:

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