Scott Schinder
August 04, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology” and ”The Island Records Years”

After leaving Fairport Convention, dark-angel vocalist Denny and misanthrope songwriter-guitarist Thompson built solo catalogs that extended Fairport’s seminal folk-rock fusion. The two-CD Denny set, No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology, spans a decade of her group and solo work. The single-disc Thompson collection, The Island Records Years, focuses on his first four post-Fairport albums, with then wife Linda’s crystalline voice providing an ideal vehicle for her husband’s eloquent invocations of fatalism and faith. Both: A

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