×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Hard Times for Lovers
     

Hard Times for Lovers

by Judy Collins
 
After scoring an unexpected chart hit with her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" and the accompanying Judith album in 1975, Judy Collins seemed to lose career and musical momentum on her follow-up, Bread and Roses. Hard Times for Lovers was an attempt to recapture the momentum of the

Overview

After scoring an unexpected chart hit with her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" and the accompanying Judith album in 1975, Judy Collins seemed to lose career and musical momentum on her follow-up, Bread and Roses. Hard Times for Lovers was an attempt to recapture the momentum of the Judith album and also to update her image. The latter mostly took the form of a striking front-and-back nude photo of Collins (discreetly cropped and framed) on the album's cover; the design boosted her already high stock among adherents of the woman's movement, but engendered some controversy in more politically conservative circles. The musical content, however, was about half of what it should have been -- the title track (authored by Hugh Prestwood) was moderately catchy and memorable, and Collins also covered material by Randy Newman, Carole Bayer Sager, the Eagles, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, but there was little excitement or tension to any of the material here, and her voice sounded thin and strained at times. The track that should have elicited the greatest interest, Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember Sky" -- from a lost ABC television-spawned musical called Evening Primrose -- was strangely under-recorded which, coupled with a lack of richness in Collins' singing, left it intrinsically haunting (a fundamental attribute of the composition itself) but pale and inaccessible. "Starmaker" was another good tune that Collins simply failed to carry all the way in the manner that she had with "Send in the Clowns." "Dorothy," by Hugh Prestwood, is a beautiful and fascinating piece of Oz-ephemera inspired by L. Frank Baum's books and the MGM movie, with a gorgeous chorus, and is arguably -- along with the title cut -- the most successful song on the album. Perhaps the strangest part of the album was its second side, which offered a pair of film-related songs associated with a pair of affliction-based romances, Gilbert Cates' disastrous The Promise and Donald Wrye's more successful Ice Castles. Unfortunately, neither was a terribly inspiring recording. Only on the final track, Collins' rendition of Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When," does she really hint at what could have been for this album, her singing and the arrangement evoking depth, power, and beauty somewhat reminiscent but still short of the Judith LP. [Note: This was the only original '70s-era Collins album that wasn't remastered by WEA during the mid-'90s.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596053624
catalogNumber:
171

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Ted Nash   Clarinet
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Harry Bluestone   Strings,Concert Master
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Nick DeCaro   Conductor
Earl Dumler   Oboe,Wind
John Ellis   Oboe,Wind
Charles Gould   Bassoon,Wind
Hilda Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Henderson   Horn,French Horn
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
David Hungate   Bass
Richard Hyde   Trombone
Bill Lane   Horn,French Horn
Michael Lang   Piano,Keyboards
Jack Marsh   Bassoon,Wind
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Clarinet
Dean Parks   Guitar
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Sid Sharp   Strings,Concert Master
Dick Spencer   Clarinet
Maretha Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Fred Tackett   Guitar
David Wolfert   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vincent DeRosa   Horn,French Horn
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Billy Land   French Horn
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards
David Duke   Horn,French Horn
Louise di Tullio   Flute

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
Bruce Roberts   Composer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger,Contributor
Glenn Frey   Composer
Charles Gould   Contributor
Lee Holdridge   Arranger,Contributor
Gary Klein   Producer
Charles Koppelman   Executive Producer
Jack Marsh   Contributor
Armin Steiner   Engineer,Remixing
David Wolfert   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Judith Collins   Contributor
Nancy Greenberg   Art Direction
John Mills   Engineer,Remixing

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews