Hard Times for Lovers

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596053624
  • Catalog Number: 171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Times for Lovers (3:56)
  2. 2 Marie (3:11)
  3. 3 Happy End (3:12)
  4. 4 Desperado (3:34)
  5. 5 I Remember Sky (4:00)
  6. 6 Starmaker (4:28)
  7. 7 Dorothy (4:37)
  8. 8 I'll Never Say Goodbye (3:41)
  9. 9 Through the Eyes of Love (3:28)
  10. 10 Where or When (3:38)
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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, Steel 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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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
Zal Schreiber Mastering
John Mills Engineer, Remixing
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