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John the Gun

[Sandy Denny]

Sandy Denny recorded several versions of one of her best known songs:

  1. The original recordings in late 1970 for the abortive second Fotheringay album finally in 2008 found their way on the CD Fotheringay 2.
  2. Sandy's studio version appeared on her first solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, and was included in her 2CD anthology No More Sad Refrains. Sandy was accompanied by Richard Thompson, electric guitar; Pat Donaldson, bass; Gerry Conway, drums; Ian Whiteman, piano; Trevor Lucas, acoustic guitar and vocals; Barry Dransfield, violin and vocals; Royston Wood and Robin Dransfield, vocals. There is a “Guv'nor violin solo” by Barry Dransfield and angry guitar work by Richard.
  3. A live version recorded at the Paris Theatre, London, on 16 March 1972 for BBC “Radio 1 in Concert” and broadcast on 25 March 1972 was released in 1997 on The BBC Sessions 1971-73 and in 2007 on the 3CD+DVD set Live at the BBC.
  4. The Live at the BBC box set contains a further live recording from November 1972 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds on Sunday”, hosted by Johnny Moran, and broadcast on 3 December 1972.
  5. A Fairport Convention live version (with Donahue, Lucas, Mattacks, Pegg and Swarbrick) was recorded on 26 January 1974 at the Sydney Opera House, Australia and appeared on Fairport's Live album and later on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes box set.
  6. Another Fairport performance live at the L.A. Troubadour, Los Angeles on 1 February 1974 was included in the 5CD Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures.
  7. A third Fairport live performance from May 1974 at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado was released in 2002 on the bonus CD on Before the Moon.
  8. A live recording probably from 31 October 1975 at Brunel University, Uxbridge is on the CD Who Knows? The Woodworm Archives Vol. 1.

Cover Versions

  1. Fairport Convention with Richard Thompson live at Cropredy 1984 on From Past Archives (1992)
  2. Fairport Convention live at Cropredy 1987 on the cassette The Third Leg - 1987 Fairport Reunion (1987)
  3. Richard Thompson with Christine Collister (vocals), Clive Gregson (guitar and vocals), Ruari McFarlane (bass) and Gerry Conway (drums) live at the Ark, Ann Arbor in March 1985; released on the fan club cassette Doom and Gloom II (Over My Dead Body) (1991) and on the charity album Georgia on Our Mind (1997)
  4. The Fatima Mansions on the anthology Peace Together (1993)
  5. Vikki Clayton on her album It Suits Me Well (1994)
  6. Jolene on their album Antic Ocean (2000)
  7. Bryony Holden on her album Across the Purple Sky (2013)
  8. Wilson & Swarbrick on their album Lion Rampant (2014)


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