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Fires of Eden

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fires of Eden marked Judy Collins' debut on Columbia Records, and she seemed to rise to the occasion with her best overall body of new material in more than a decade. Not everything on this album is memorable, but what is, is intensely so, beginning with the opening cut, "The Blizzard," a seven-minute epic that rates alongside any of Collins' most beautiful work from her classic years on Elektra. The words and music combine to form a screenplay in miniature, and the transitions between standard lyric and conversational passages in the lyric only add to the complexity of this long, flowing, lyrical piece. Her version of "The Air That I Breathe" is pretty enough, even if it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fires of Eden marked Judy Collins' debut on Columbia Records, and she seemed to rise to the occasion with her best overall body of new material in more than a decade. Not everything on this album is memorable, but what is, is intensely so, beginning with the opening cut, "The Blizzard," a seven-minute epic that rates alongside any of Collins' most beautiful work from her classic years on Elektra. The words and music combine to form a screenplay in miniature, and the transitions between standard lyric and conversational passages in the lyric only add to the complexity of this long, flowing, lyrical piece. Her version of "The Air That I Breathe" is pretty enough, even if it won't make anyone forget the Hollies' recording, but a lot of the new songs have a special power. The title track offers an alluring vocal performance of a surprisingly impassioned lyric, while "Home Before Dark" presents her in a more ethereal mode. The production and instrumentation are the fullest heard on one of Collins' records since her transition from folk music to art song on the Wildflowers album, which makes the best of the melodies here come alive in rich and robust fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • EAN: 5028479021420
  • Catalog Number: 7902142
  • Sales rank: 26,214

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Blizzard (7:32)
  2. 2 Fortune of Soldiers (4:16)
  3. 3 Test of Time (5:13)
  4. 4 Fires of Eden (4:20)
  5. 5 Home Before Dark (4:32)
  6. 6 The Air I Breathe (4:24)
  7. 7 City of Cities - St. Thomas Boys Choir (3:36)
  8. 8 Dreaming (4:27)
  9. 9 Queen of the Night (4:07)
  10. 10 From a Distance (4:13)
  11. 11 The Blizzard (Reprise) (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Collins Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
Amanda McBroom Whisper
Ada Dyer Background Vocals
Hiram Bullock Electric Guitar
Omar Hakim Drums
David Buskin Piano, Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Gerre Hancock Choir Director
Robin Batteau Violin, Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Steve Burgh Electric Guitar
Sonny Burke Hammond Organ
Angela Cappelli Background Vocals
Eddie Daniels Clarinet, Soloist
Shane Keister Keyboards
Bill Elliot Synthesizer, Keyboards
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Jamey Haddad Percussion
Joseph Joubert Keyboards, Background Vocals
Doug Katsaros Keyboards, Background Vocals
Zev Katz Bass
Barry Lazarowitz Percussion, Drums
Will Lee Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
John McCurry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lucy Simon Background Vocals
St. Thomas Boys Choir Background Vocals
Paul Viapiano Guitar
Lisa Kirchner Background Vocals
Hugh McCrackin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Susan Evans Percussion
Rachele Cappeli Background Vocals
Lou Voipe Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Judy Collins Composer, Lyricist
Amanda McBroom Composer, Lyricist
David Buskin Composer, Lyricist
Kit Hain Composer, Lyricist
Albert Hammond Composer
Robin Batteau Composer, Lyricist
Peter Bunetta Producer, drum programming
Rick Chudacoff Producer
Joel Dorn Producer
Rob Eaton Engineer
Julie Gold Composer, Lyricist
Mark Goldenberg Composer
Mike Hazelwood Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Sammy Merendino drum programming
Alan Silverman Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Lucy Simon Producer
Susan Hamilton Composer, Lyricist
Vic Anesini Digital Editing
Stacy Drummond Art Direction
Rick Kerr Engineer
Susan Evans Producer
William D. Brohn String Arrangements, String Conductor
Kip Meyers Cover Photo
Judy David Composer, Lyricist
Barbara Aimes Engineer
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