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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1966, Judy Collins fans probably were startled by the opening of her In My Life LP, as flutes heralded the beginning of a baroque-style orchestration for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," signaling that Collins was trying something different after her years as a folksinger. A similar surprise may be engendered by the first sounds on her 17th album of new material for Elektra Records, Home Again, as electronic blips introduce her cover of Yaz's "Only You." Resembling the synth pop duo's own 1982 original, Collins' "Only You" announces that this is not your mother's Judy Collins album. At 45, Collins is among the last graduates of the folk revival ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1966, Judy Collins fans probably were startled by the opening of her In My Life LP, as flutes heralded the beginning of a baroque-style orchestration for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," signaling that Collins was trying something different after her years as a folksinger. A similar surprise may be engendered by the first sounds on her 17th album of new material for Elektra Records, Home Again, as electronic blips introduce her cover of Yaz's "Only You." Resembling the synth pop duo's own 1982 original, Collins' "Only You" announces that this is not your mother's Judy Collins album. At 45, Collins is among the last graduates of the folk revival to remain a front line artist on a major record label, with peers such as Joan Baez long sidelined. She has maintained her status by adapting herself, notably moving toward becoming more of a traditional pop singer with her popular 1975 album Judith, with its hit cover of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." But recent albums have had diminishing sales, and Home Again represents an attempt to meet the marketplace of the mid-'80s on Collins' terms. Produced by jazz-pop record executives Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, it is full of well-crafted songs in AC arrangements, with the occasional use of synth pop, all in search of a hit. "Sweetheart on Parade" is a new Elton John song, and a good one. "Shoot First" is Collins' own composition, a sardonic examination of gun violence and media, set to the most aggressive of the synth pop tracks. "Don't Say Love" has an electronic reggae accompaniment, seemingly ready for its MTV video. Collins concludes with another original, the love song "Dream On," and the hopeful "The Best Is Yet to Come." (Included as a sop to the record company is a duet with country singer T.G. Sheppard, "Home Again," co-written and produced by Michael Masser in hopes of scoring an AC and/or country hit.) Old Judy Collins fans are not likely to feel at home with much of Home Again, but the album is a bold attempt to reinvent the singer for a new generation of fans, and she certainly can't be criticized for trying something different; that's what's kept her music fresh for more than two decades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596030427
  • Catalog Number: 60304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only You (3:22)
  2. 2 Sweetheart on Parade (4:42)
  3. 3 Everybody Works in China (4:24)
  4. 4 Yellow Kimono (4:58)
  5. 5 From Where I Stand (3:36)
  6. 6 Home Again - T.G. Sheppard (3:36)
  7. 7 Shoot First (6:10)
  8. 8 Don't Say Love (4:10)
  9. 9 Dream On (4:23)
  10. 10 The Best Is Yet to Come (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Collins Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Khan Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano
Henry Gross Background Vocals
David Nadien Concert Master
Adrienne Albert Background Vocals
Tony Battaglia Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Harry Bluestone Conductor, Concert Master
Thomas Bogoan Background Vocals
Dave Grusin Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
John Hobbs Piano
Dann Huff Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Anthony Jackson Electric Bass
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Yolanda McCullough Background Vocals
Chris Parker Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano
T.G. Sheppard Vocal Harmony
Terry Textor Background Vocals
Ed Walsh fairlight
Buddy Williams Drums
Thomas Bogdan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Judy Collins Vocal Arrangements, Remixing
Gene Page Arranger, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Dave Grusin Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Remixing, drum programming
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Don Hahn Engineer
Peter Hefter Contributor
Ted Jensen Mastering
Michael Mancini Engineer
Michael Masser Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Larry Rosen Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Ed Walsh Contributor
John Davenport Contributor
Bob Defrin Contributor
Ron Lewter Mastering
Linda Mack Production Coordination Assistant
Louis Nelson Contributor
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