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4 stars Ah, lovely. This is progressive folk-rock at it's best. The legendary Sandy Denny and her husband, Austalian future Fairport member Trevor Lucas, brought American guitarist Jerry Donahue on board to make this fine album. Denny is at her most emotionally grand here, on the sweeping opener "Nothing More" and the gentle, psychedelic "The Sea" and "Winter Winds". Donahue's playing manages to be both virtuosic and psychedelic at the same time, without any reverb at all, just gentle volume swells and textures. There is even an epic of sorts, "The Banks of the Nile", a tragic 18th century war ballad. The covers are less successful- they do a plodding Dylan on "Too Much of Nothing" and a strange, jerky rock treatment of Gordon Lightfoot on "The Way I Feel". Lucas's Australian bushranger tribute "The Ballad of Ned Kelly" is more successful, growling along in the best early- Country Rock style. I haven't heard the bonus track CD version, but the bonus tracks look great- I see a David Cousins/Strawbs song there. Many of the songs on this album rank among Denny's best compositions, easily overwhelming some of the weaker moments. This is close to a masterpiece for English folk-rock.
Heptade | 4/5 |


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