Vikki Clayton It Suits Me Well [The Songs Of Sandy Denny] (1994, 1998)

Vikki Clayton   It Suits Me Well [The Songs Of Sandy Denny     Location: United Kingdom
Album release: 1995
Record Label: Sanctuary Records Fontana
Runtime:    66:12
Genre: Pop/Rock/Folk
Styles: British Folk/British Folk-Rock
02. IT SUITS ME WELL    4:11
03. NO END    6:07
04. FOTHERINGAY    3:25
06. A SAILOR'S LIFE    5:17
07. I'M A DREAMER    4:03
10. WHITE DRESS    4:03
11. JOHN THE GUN    5:19
12. ONE WAY DONKEY RIDE     5:50
14. THE SEA     4:48       Vikki Clayton – It Suits Me Well [The Songs Of Sandy Denny] Terrapin Trucking Truck CD 021 (CD, UK, 1994) //  
HTD Records HTDCD 83 (CD, UK, 1998)
Cover versions of Sandy Denny songs, played and sung by Vikki Clayton, accompanied by Ric Sanders (violin) and Fred “Thelonius” Baker (guitars).
The 1998 HTD reissue has three extra tracks with Vikki accompanied by Chris Leslie (mandolin and violin) and Dave Pegg (bass):
- One Way Donkey Ride (5.53)
- Like an Old Fashioned Waltz (3.41)
- The Sea (4.49)

On the face of it, this is either an act of heroism or foolheartiness — a tribute to a figure so iconic and universally lionized that following in her footsteps would seem to invite the sort derision that only the truest true believers can heap upon one another. But Vikki Clayton, who has filled in the “Sandy Denny role” at many a Fairport Convention concert, is quite up to the task. She opens this album with Denny’s signature tune, “Who Knows Where The Time Goes,” in sort of a throwdown to any potential detractors, and as on several other songs, her rich, confident vocals and understated arrangements carry the day. There are a few iffy touches, mainly in the electric filters and effects added to the bass and guitar, but overall this is a pretty strong record. Clayton herself is quite lovely to listen to.
William Armstrong  Guitar (Acoustic)
Vikki Clayton  Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals
Sandy Denny  Composer
Bob Dylan  Composer
Malcolm Holmes  Booklet Design, Design, Layout Design
Tim Matyear  Engineer
Ralph McTell  Composer
Richard Paul  Photography
Rafael  Fretless Bass
Dave Swarbrick  Composer
Andrew Thompson  Digital Remastering, Remastering, Traditional  Composer
Mark Tucker  Engineer
Don Walker  Mastering
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Overview, by Bruce Eder:
Vikki Clayton has a lush, powerful voice and holds notes like nobody's business; and anyone expecting an acoustic album is in for a surprise -- oh, there's some unamplified guitar, but a lot of what's here includes some modest electric playing in between the acoustic guitar and the occasional fiddle accompaniment. Surprisingly, as much as she puts into her rendition of a signature tune like "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," it's on somewhat lesser-known numbers like "No End" and the title track that Clayton really takes flight, and the prettiest piece here may be "Fotheringay," with its gentle orchestral accompaniment. Other highlights include the hauntingly beautiful, stripped down "A Sailor's Life," limited to a voice and one guitar, and "Rising for the Moon." The 2000-vintage CD also features three bonus tracks, "One Way Donkey Ride," "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz," and "The Sea," with the latter, in particular, a match for anything on the original CD.  /  See also:  Chris Conway: Vikky Clayton page: / Full album: / Sandy Denny: It Suits Me Well (live):

Movers and ShakersHonor-TokenedLost Lady Found Picture 010Picture 007Picture 008  Loughborough Folk Festival - Oct 06 - thanks to Pete Burnham for the photos.
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The Sandy Denny Bibliography
This is a list of books and articles about or starring Sandy Denny. 

Kingsley Abbott: Fairportfolio
Walter Heger: Fairport Convention: If You Really Mean It
Star Cluster Verlag, Germany, July 1999, ISBN 3-925005-55-2
Clinton Heylin: Gypsy Love Songs & Sad Refrains: The Recordings of Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny
Labour of Love Productions, 1989
Clinton Heylin: No More Sad Refrains: The Life and Times of Sandy Denny
Helter Skelter Publishing, July 2000, hardcover, 288p., ISBN 1-900924-11-0
Helter Skelter Publishing, November 2001, paperback, ISBN 1-900924-35-8
Omnibus Press, June 2011, ISBN 1849386986
In the latest edition Heylin “has chosen to add an almost laughable tirade of abuse disguised as an epilogue, on anyone who has helped and succeeded in keeping Sandy's fab legacy alive since 2000: Elizabeth Hurtt-Lucas, Jerry Donahue, Sue Armstrong and Andrew Batt.” (Amazon review by J.C. Taylor)
Brian Hinton, Geoff Wall: Ashley Hutchings: The Guv'nor & the Rise of Folk Rock
Helter Skelter Publishing, 2002, 288p., ISBN 1-900924-32-3
Mick Houghton: Authorised Sandy Denny Biography
commissioned by Faber & Faber, due for publication late 2013 / early 2014.
Patrick Humphries: Meet on the Ledge : Fairport Convention—The Classic Years
Virgin Books, 1997, 178p., ISBN 0-7535-0153-8
Patrick Humphries: Richard Thompson : Strange Affair—The Biography
Virgin Books, 1996, 386p., ISBN 0-86369-993-6
Jim Irvin: The Angel of Avalon
MOJO 55, June 1998
This article is now available online at Readers need to subscribe to the site to have access, but it's a very good site, a giant archive of music journalism since it all began - well worth a look.
Colin Larkin (ed.): The Guinness Who's Who of Folk Music
Guinness Publishing Ltd., 1993, 320p., ISBN 0-85112-741-X
M.C. Strong: The Great Rock Discography
Canongate Books Ltd, 1996, ISBN 0-86241-604-3
Sounds Plattenkritiken 1966-77
Zweitausendeins Verlag, Germany, 1979
Richie Unterberger: Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll
Miller Freeman Books, 1998, ISBN 0 879 305347
This book has a chapter on Sandy Denny.
Philip Ward: Sandy Denny: Reflections on Her Music
Matador Press, December 2011, ISBN 978-1-78088-020-4    (Fortaken: Evening at Twycross Zoo with The High Sierras and Vikki Clayton , as well as a chance to enjoy some of the animals in the evening... (2)  An Evening at Twycross Zoo with The High Sierras and Vikki Clayton , as well as a chance to enjoy some of the animals in the evening... 

Vikki Clayton It Suits Me Well [The Songs Of Sandy Denny] (1994, 1998)