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Two Weeks Last Summer

[Dave Cousins]

Dave Cousins is the pricipal song writer of the Strawbs. There are several version of his song Two Weeks Last Summer sung by Sandy Denny. On the first version, recorded at Vanløse Bio, Copenhagen in July 1967, she sings accompanied only by a single guitar. This version was released in 1969 on The Strawbs’ Strawberry Music Sampler No. 1, in 1991 on Sandy Denny and The Strawbs’ Hannibal album Sandy Denny and the Strawbs, in 2005 on Sandy’s Castle Music anthology Where the Time Goes, and in 2010 as a bonus track on the CD reissue of Sandy Denny and The Strwabs’ album All Our Own Work.

A second Sandy Denny version with full accompaniment and altered lyrics was intended for release on the abortive Fotheringay 2 album. This version was recorded at Sound Techniques in Autumn 1970 and released both on the 1986 Who Knows Where the Time Goes? box set and on the 1987 Fotheringay CD reissue by Hannibal. In 2008 Fledg’ling Records finally published the Fotheringay 2 CD. An alternate version (marked as ‘Joe Boyd Mix’) was included in 2015 on Fotheringay’s Universal anthology Nothing More.

An earlier live version, recorded at the Holland Pop Festival in Rotterdam on 28 June 1970, was included in 2004 on the second (Fledg’ling) CD reissue of Fotheringay and in 2015 on Nothing More.

Bryony Holden sang Two Weeks Last Summer in 2013 on her Sandy Denny tribute album Across the Purple Sky.


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