Today’s Traditional Tuesday featured video is just Richard, his guitar, and his unmistakable tone on accompaniment leads. Richard’s tuning had me baffled on this one and I had to break out my trusty Ibanez acoustic-electric to discern what he was doing. He dropped the A string to a G and the low E string to a C. Listen as the wizard of the six strings pay homage to one of the world’s greatest songsmiths, Sandy Denny.
Original Recording by The Strawbs
The original recording of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” was recorded by Sandy Denny and the Strawbs in 1967 and was not commercially available outside of Denmark until the album “All Our Own Work” was released in Britain in 1973. I bought the import that year and it is a different rendition of what would become the Fairport classic.
The Classic Fairport Rendition
The third Fairport Convention LP “Unhalfbricking” featured the classic version of Sandy Denny singing her own song. Released in 1969, this version features the tasty guitar licks of a younger Richard Thompson in the right speaker. It has always been one of my favorite songs. It is one of the last recordings of drummer Martin Lamble who was killed in an motorway accident prior to the album’s release.