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A Boxful of Treasures [Import, Box set]

Sandy DennyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Fledg'ling UK
  • ASIN: B0004O5STA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 3.10 to Yuma
2. She Moves Through the Fair
3. Boxful of Treasure
4. They Don't Seem to Know You
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Si Tu Dois Partir
2. Cajun Woman
3. Ballad of Easy Rider
4. Sailor's Life
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. North Star Grassman and the Ravens
2. Next Time Around
3. Blackwaterside
4. Sea Captain
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Whispering Grass
2. Solo
3. At the End of the Day
4. Like an Old Fashioned Waltz
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. One Way Donkey Ride
2. I'm a Dreamer
3. Take Me Away
4. Rising for the Moon
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The most comprehensive portrait of one of England's finest singer/songwriters. A deluxe five CD long format box-set. Includes such previously unreleased gems as 'Silver Threads & Golden Needles' (outtake from 'Fotheringay'), 'Losing Game' ((Duet with Jess Roden), 'She Moves Through The Fair' (live duet with Dave Swarbick), plus many alternate takes & demo versions, with & without Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, & more. 56-color booklet with a forward by Richard Thompson plus pieces & remembrances from Jim Irvin (MOJO), Joe Boyd, John Renbourn, Linda Thompson, Pete Townshend, & more. Fledg'ling. 2004.

Customer Reviews

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Sandy Denny is one of the best artists the UK produced in the 60's and 70's, yet so few people have heard of her in the USA that it borders on disgrace. IF people know her, they know her as the one guest vocalist Led Zeppelin ever used (on The Battle of Evermore). This underrated woman, whose second written song was "Who Knows Where The Time Goes", was a popular folk singer by the time she joined up with the Strawbs for an album, and shortly thereafter, the Fairport Convention for 3 albums (all considered classics) before starting her own highly acclaimed group Fotheringay, following that with 4 solo albums and a brief return to Fairport. This box set covers all of this ground, though it may find you scrambling to locate the original releases to hear the tracks that could not be included due to space reasons. It includes alternate versions of several songs, and many unreleased versions, including 3 of "By The Time It Gets Dark", a song that should have seen the light of day when her fourth solo LP, Rendevous, was released, which nevertheless has been covered by several artists to date.

Who knows why Sandy is not well-known. She died tragically young at a time when her career was in a lull. There was a tendency on the part of her producers to add a lot of ornamental flourishes to her music, and some of that causes these works to age more than they would have, which may be contributing to reluctance of radio stations to air the songs. But to hear the songs and realize that their quality is so good, and they're being sung by quite possibly the best female singer to sing popular music (and that is NOT an exaggeration), it's easy to forgive added strings and other similar indulgements.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential recordings for Denny fans new and old November 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This fine box set from the U.K. displaces the (sadly) discontinued "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" as the definitive survey of Sandy Denny's lamentably short career. It takes the listener from her early days as a traditional folk artist, through Fairport Convention and its offshoots (Fotheringay and the Bunch), and ends up with her later solo recordings. While any summary of Denny's output will suffer from omissions, this one is as good as it is likely to get.

Obviously, the selections from the early Fairport Convention years only brush the surface - anyone who fancies themselves a fan of Denny or Richard Thompson should own the individual albums. The same goes for the solo albums, although the coverage "A Boxful of Treasures" provides is very good. The fifth CD which is a collection of mostly demos and a few live recordings is a wonderful supplement. When considering a five CD set, it is silly to identify individual standouts - we all have our favorites in the Denny catalog. It is enough to say that there are, in fact, many great performances here.

The short statement from Richard Thompson which begins the accompanying booklet says what needs to be said regarding the fact that Denny's work is largely unknown to most modern listeners - some (at least) of whom should know better. One continues to hope that the contemporary music community will open its eyes to one of the greatest female singer-songwriters to ever record. Even if they are three decades late in their realization.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars that is you to they...that is where they think you are February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A simply glorious set covering maybe the greatest, most emotionally-resonant vocalist anyone will ever hear. There's really not much to say that hasn't already been said, but that won't stop me from saying that in addition to the identifiable-by-one-syllable voice she possessed perhaps the rarest of gifts: the ability to transmit the purest emotional impact through the most obtuse & indecipherable words.

In this she is only rivalled by Bob Dylan and possibly Neil Young... songs like "The Sea," "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens," and "Nothing More" will just wrench your still-beating heart from your chest and open up previously-floodgated torrents of deep, melancholic feelings from within you. That is to say, I guarantee this woman will make you weep like a child, often through lyrics where you won't have the foggiest conscious inkling of just what or who it is she is singing about. It's as if she is able to transmit the innermost meanings of her songs, as only she understands them, through the barriers in your mind and send them right to your heart, bypassing the unconscious filters we have and cutting straight to the core. Which is to say nothing of her incredible, one-of-a-kind vocal instrument, itself a rival to singers like Billie Holliday, Maria Callas, and others outside the periphery of what you'd call "pop".

Someone on here said she is maybe the best singer of the 20th century and that about says it. Don't just buy this set, buy everything she did and let it change your life as it did mine and countless others... let this woman wash over you and become, inevitably, the music you hold closest to you in your private moments and that which sustains you for the rest of your life, even though (so sadly) she herself only lived to be barely 30 years old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! Nothing compares to this!
I just gifted myself with this box. This is haunting and beautiful music from start to finish. The 2 cd Anthology just wasn't enough. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but...
How can you include Whispering grass and Walking the floor and not Tomorrow Is A Long Time? This would have received 5 stars if they had included the best version of this Dylan... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Criticon
5.0 out of 5 stars Sombody FINALLY got it right
This is the Sandy Denny retrospective that her fans have been waiting for! Everything about this set screams quality, from the packaging to the book to the songs themselves. Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by Michael L. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars bluespro
I use to put Sandy Denny right up there with Joni Mitchell. Not any more. After listening to this box set I came to the conclussion that Sandy was the best female vocalist of this... Read more
Published on January 24, 2006 by Michael D. Noeldner
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable voice of the 20th Century
Even those who are not Sandy Denny completists should consider springing for this set. Her vocals are among the sweetest ever recorded, whatever the setting. Read more
Published on November 23, 2005 by William Swislow
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unknown Superstar
You've probably never heard of her.

But, ironically enough, you've almost certainly heard her. Read more
Published on July 1, 2005 by Steven P. Tidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Beauty
It saddens me that Sandy Denny is so little known here and was so seldom played on the air. The first time I heard her voice, I was absolutely riveted and was instantly on a... Read more
Published on January 22, 2005 by Elizabeth Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Denny: England's Finest Folk Singer!
This is definitely a great boxful of treasures. I have had inferior cds of some of the material in this collection and the sound quality is vastly better in this set. Read more
Published on January 15, 2005 by Dennis Lee Cleven
5.0 out of 5 stars Indespensible!
A remarkable overview of an overlooked yet brilliant performer and writer! Even if you own her entire catalog, this one should be added as well. Read more
Published on December 11, 2004 by Wileytown
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