March 2021 update:
My tribute to Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, a great song by an even greater departed heroine of folk and folk-rock, Sandy Denny, first appeared when I was living in Abu Dhabi in 2008.
It was republished in slightly amended form in 2017 but the enduring interest in Sandy, and the sharply growing reach of Salut! Live, committed me to a third outing.
It seems tailor-made for inclusion in my Cover Story series comparing and contrasting different versions of the same songs.
Some of the versions first mentioned of this classic Sandy song (actually one of several classics but certainly her best known) have disappeared from view and one or two added in 2017 have met the same fate .
Along the way, including now, I have added or re-added Eva Cassidy, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Nina Simone, Rufus Wainwright, 10,000 Maniacs , Full House with Chris While , Mary Black and Kate Rusby. I have been reminded of Barbara Dickson's gorgeous singing of it - Barbara also tells me of the formidable accompaniment she received from Danny Thompson and Dave Mattacks plus "a beautiful bell-like motif [devised by Ian Lynn] to depict the passage of time. Other versions have appeared here but have been dropped or become unavailable. There's still lots out there and I shall leave you to explore at YouTube.
The version by Sandy that I have chosen in 2021 is a much lesser visited one than those attracting hundreds of thousands or even a million views. It is far from being her best, but is a fascinating reminder of a time when she was such a breath of fresh air in British music and John Peel was among music's greatest broadcasters. And for the record, I admire many of the other versions but if forced to choose would always plump for Sandy ...
See also the Comments: I have finally acted on Tom Bliss's request and added links from each artist's name back to YouTube. And my thanks, again, to Ross Anderson for alerting me to a tremendous BBC Soul Music mini-documentary on the song, quoting Sandy, Judy Collins, Rufus, Sandy's biographer Mick Houghton, Fairport founder Simon Nicol and several others. There's a link in the footnote ...
Jean-François Perroy, a French urban stencil artist better known by his pseudonym Jef Aérosol, consented very early in Salut! Live's life to the reproduction of this great work
Chris While, with the House Band at Chester Folk Festival 2008
Kate Rusby, also from 2008
Eva Cassidy 'Depth and beauty from two souls gone too soon,' said someone at YouTube of the singer and writer
10,000 Maniacs, from 2010
Nina Simone, live at the Philharmonic Hall, New York, 1969
Rufus Wainwright at the 2016 British Folk Awards
Nanci Griffith, a clip posted in 2014
Judy Collins, Sandy's friend and occasional drinking buddy when in the UK. Unbelievably from 1968
Mary Black, from a "best of" album around 2001
Barbara Dickson, from her 1995 album, Dark End of the Street
Already a long list and one that could easily be extended ... I can but hope that I have not put you off the song for life.
- * The BBC Soul Music documentary can be heard at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tcnmk#play