Blue Rider

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Conventional wisdom holds that Cris Williamson's breakthrough 1975 album The Changer and the Changed, said to be the best-selling album in women's music, is her masterpiece. Were that not so well established, one might propose instead Blue Rider, Williamson's catchiest collection of songs yet. It would be easy to imagine this album appealing to listeners far beyond the regular patrons of Olivia Records, the home of musical lesbian feminism. The album was later reissued on Williamson's own Wolf Moon label. True, when she sings love songs, Williamson usually makes it clear that she is singing to another woman, a good example being "Lucille," which features slide guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Conventional wisdom holds that Cris Williamson's breakthrough 1975 album The Changer and the Changed, said to be the best-selling album in women's music, is her masterpiece. Were that not so well established, one might propose instead Blue Rider, Williamson's catchiest collection of songs yet. It would be easy to imagine this album appealing to listeners far beyond the regular patrons of Olivia Records, the home of musical lesbian feminism. The album was later reissued on Williamson's own Wolf Moon label. True, when she sings love songs, Williamson usually makes it clear that she is singing to another woman, a good example being "Lucille," which features slide guitar work by Bonnie Raitt. But whatever the sex of the love object, the romantic songs trade in the same ups and downs enjoyed and suffered by lovers everywhere, and these are excellent examples of the form, particularly Vicki Randle's "What Good Does It Do Me Now." Williamson's own compositions are full of nature imagery and childhood literary references newly transformed -- one song is called "Peter Pan," and another recalls the Wicked Witch's skywriting demand, "Surrender Dorothy," from the film The Wizard of Oz. Williamson writes songs with strong melodies and pop hooks, and she sings them feelingly. This is an album that can stand beside any of the soft rock singer/songwriters of the day, and Williamson cites her progenitors by contributing a song reflecting on John Lennon's murder "Night Patrol" and another that attempts to explain to Judy Collins her impact on a generation of women, Williamson very much among them "Lodestar". Blue Rider is more than just a great album in the women's music genre; it's a great pop
ock album that should be heard by a mass audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 643157416548
  • Catalog Number: 5637771103
  • Sales rank: 361,841

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Rider (4:12)
  2. 2 Lucille (3:33)
  3. 3 What Good Does It Do Me Now (3:31)
  4. 4 Leviathan (4:00)
  5. 5 Peter Pan (3:51)
  6. 6 Heart-To-Heart (3:27)
  7. 7 Like an Island Rising (3:36)
  8. 8 Night Patrol (4:29)
  9. 9 Lodestar (4:08)
  10. 10 Surrender Dorothy (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cris Williamson Primary Artist, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Meg Christian Classical Guitar
Tret Fure Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Melodica, Wurlitzer
Bonnie Raitt Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Shelby Flint Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Diane Lindsay Bass
Novi Synthesizer, Viola
Vicki Randle Percussion, Background Vocals
Jackie Robbins Cello
Cam Davis Drums
Bay Area Women's String Ensemble Strings
Technical Credits
Tret Fure Producer, Engineer
Little Richard Composer
Cris Williamson Producer, Liner Notes
Mary Watkins Orchestration
D. Amy Composer
Ernie Wilkins Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Ken Lee Mastering
Thomas Newman Composer
Carol Ehrlich Graphic Design
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