SANDY DENNY AND THE STRAWBS: ALL OUR OWN WORK, 1973
Release date: May 1973
As legend has it, Dave Cousins saw Sandy Denny at the Troubadour folk club in west London one night, and immediately invited her to join the band. He phoned Tony to let him know what he had done. Sandy rehearsed with the band for awhile and joined them on the cross-channel ferry on 20 July 1967, heading for Copenhagen, where they played the Vise-Vers Hus in Tivoli Gardens each night and, from 26 July recorded for Sonet's Karl Knudsen in a cinema. Back they came on 1 August, and Dave set about finding a label for them. Unfortunately by the time A&M showed interest, Sandy had moved on to join Fairport Convention.
The tapes made in Copenhagen with Sandy Denny first saw the light of day as a budget label Pickwick release, spurred on by the success of "Part Of The Union". They stood up very well indeed nonetheless - a valiant first recording effort for any band. Apparently the first song they cut was the first track "On My Way": it was resuscitated as a Stones-style rocker for the 2000 UK Tour, and has featured since as a "rocked-up acoustic number" in the acoustic repertoire: what goes around, comes around!
Joe Boyd later re-released a slightly different selection of the tapes on CD (designed to emphasise Sandy Denny's contribution, and with additional strings (recorded at the time, but not included in the mix used for All Our Own Work) as Sandy And The Strawbs on his Hannibal label.
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs - All Our Own Work: The Complete Sessions (2010) came out legitimately on CD from Witchwood Media, with bonus tracks and unreleased material. In 2014 a vinyl 2LP version of the CD was released under licence by vinyl specialist Numerophon. Please see Complete Sessions page.
Dave Cousins (vcls, gtrs) Produced by Gustav Winkler If you like this is the missing link – the first recordings any of us ever made. We were playing in Tivoli for a couple of weeks that Summer – In Thoger Olesen's Visevers Hus". UK Chart: not placed
Tony Hooper (vcls, gtrs)
Ron Chesterman (dbl bs)
Sandy Denny (vcls, gtr)
Ken Gudmand (drms)
Cy Nicklin (sitar)
NOTE: a number of these tracks were recorded at different times - some of the above players played on the Copenhagen sessions, but may not have played on all tracks.
Co-ordination Karl Emil Knudsen
Engineer Ivar Rosenberg
Recorded in Copenhagen, August 1968
Caricatures Sandy Denny
The sleeve includes a statement that "The original 1968 recordings of The Strawbs featuring Sandy Denny"
Dave Cousins recalls in 1973:-
"Would you like to make an LP?" asked the funny man with the beetle sun glasses and big bushy beard.
Sandy, I remember, slept on the couch that big Bill Broonzy had slept on; Ron fell backwards off the stage with a bottle of 'elephant' in his hand; I hit Tony under the ear with my banjo, but then he fancied Paul Bach's fifteen year old sister. Gustav smiled and got the best possible sounds out of the simplest of two track recording equipment. Karl said it all cost too much, and took far too long – but smiled in the end. In fact we all smiled! Ah, those were the days!
US Chart: not released
Produced by Gustav Winkler
If you like this is the missing link – the first recordings any of us ever made. We were playing in Tivoli for a couple of weeks that Summer – In Thoger Olesen's Visevers Hus".
UK Chart: not placed