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Late November

[Sandy Denny]

This song was recorded by Fotheringay (Sandy Denny, piano; Jerry Donahue, electric guitar; Pat Donaldson, bass; Gerry Conway, drums; Trevor Lucas, acoustic guitar) in Autumn 1970 at Sound Techniques for their then unfinished second album. The instrumental track served as the basis for three different versions:

  1. The first version to appear was released in 1971 on the Island sampler El Pea. It is a bonus track on the 2005 CD reissue of The North Star Grassman and the Ravens and finally found its proper place in 2008 on the Fotheringay 2 CD.
  2. Sandy redubbed her vocals and Richard Thompson added guitar for the version released on her first solo album, The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, on the compilation Listen Listen, and on the 2CD anthology No More Sad Refrains.
  3. A version without Richard Thompson, but with the second vocal track appeared on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes? box set, on The Best of Sandy Denny and on A Boxful of Treasures, though all claimed to contain the El Pea version. Late editions of the WKWTTG box set identified this as an “alternate version”.

The different vocals can easily be distinguished in the verse following the guitar solo. On El Pea, she sings in the last line of verse 3: “The tears which are shed, oh, they won't come from me”, and in the other versions: “Oh, the tears which are shed, they won't come from me” with a very long drawn “me”.

A live studio recording from August 24, 1971 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds of the Seventies”, hosted by Bob Harris, was broadcast on September 6, 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. The latter box also has on its DVD Sandy's only remaining TV appearance, recorded September 15, 1971 for the BBC TV show “One in Ten: Sandy Denny”. This set included The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Crazy Lady Blues, and Late November.

Cover Versions

  1. an extended Fairport Convention (Allcock / Mattacks / Nicol / Pegg / Sanders + Vikki Clayton, Jerry Donahue and Richard Thompson) live at Cropredy 1991; released on the charity compilation All Through the Year (1991)
  2. The Julie July Band on their CD Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (July 2018)

Lyrics

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