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The Optimist

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The Optimist is from Sandy Denny’s first solo album, the 1971 The Northstar Grassman and the Ravens. Sandy was accompanied by Richard Thompson, 12-string, electric and bass guitars; Gerry Conway, drums; Ian Whiteman, piano.

A live studio recording from 24 August 1971 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds of the Seventies”, hosted by Bob Harris, was broadcast on 6 September 1971 and published both on the 1997 CD The BBC Sessions 1971-73 and on the 3CD+DVD set Live at the BBC of 2007.


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