Ira Robbins
November 08, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sandy Denny and the Strawbs

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sandy Denny
Producers
Hannibal
genre
Folk, Reissues

We gave it a B

Previously available as an import called All Our Own Work, this 1967 meeting of acoustic folk tradition and gentle electrification is a notable example of early British folk-rock. Within two years, Sandy Denny would be well known as the voice of Fairport Convention (the genre’s foremost band, led by Richard Thompson) and the Strawbs would be headed toward grandiose art-rock. The sturdy two-man-one-woman harmonies occasionally recall Peter, Paul & Mary, but the album reflects charmingly uncertain stylistic impulses. A ramble through simple pop, chaste folk balladry, and (as exemplified by Denny’s much-recorded ”Who Knows Where the Time Goes”) an intermediate blend later associated with singer-songwriters like James Taylor, Sandy Denny and the Strawbs is not just a collection of fine songs. In retrospect, it’s the sound of British folk-rock finding itself. B

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