Today is the anniversary of English singer/songwriter Sandy Denny’s untimely demise. Here she is in 1969 as a member of Fairport Convention with a mysterious recording of ‘A Sailor’s Life’, a song that (in its released version with fiddler Dave Swarbrick) more or less started ‘British folk-rock’, the genre that never quite goes away. This version is mysterious in that the standard tale for years was that Swarbrick joined the ‘Vench in a studio and instantaneously created a magic improvised duel with lead guitarist Dicky Thompo. But then this acetate of a presumably earlier version recorded without Dave turned up 30 years later. Happily, it’s also sensational.
At Mini’s request on the “Lurkers” thread, a Yacht Rock thread.
What is it? Well, I guess, music that would sound good on a yacht as you glide around Catalina bay or the Med. Yet it’s hard to define. It’s not Easy Listening exactly. Or less still, Guilty Pleasures. Or is it?
It could be Fleetwood Mac. Or The Doobie Brothers. Could it be British? Sure, How about How Long by Ace. Sail On Sailor, yes. Sailor’s Glass Of Champagne? Probably not. Wait, maybe. Oh heck you decide.
It’s probably mid-tempo, slickly produced, well played, well sung. Good in other words.
As a starter, I’ve gone with prawn cocktail. And musically, something with a suitably nautical theme Brandy by Looking Gkass