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It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best
     

It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best

by Karen Dalton
 

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Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album

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Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album has a muted folk-rock feel reminiscent of Fred Neil's arrangements in the mid-'60s, unsurprising since Neil's Capitol-era producer, Nick Venet, produced this disc too, and since Dalton, a friend of Neil, covered a couple of Neil songs here ("Little Bit of Rain," "Blues on the Ceiling"). Although clocking in at a mere ten songs, it covers a lot of ground, from Tim Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Leadbelly to the traditional folk song "Ribbon Bow" and the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones-penned soul tune "I Love You More Than Words Can Say." The record is interesting and well done, but would have been far more significant if it had come out five years or so earlier. By 1969 such singers were expected to write much of their own material (Dalton wrote none), and to embrace rock instrumentation less tentatively.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2015
Label:
Megaphone
UPC:
0666017138824
catalogNumber:
10
Rank:
37923

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Dalton   Primary Artist,12-string Guitar
Gary Chester   Percussion
Harvey Brooks   Electric Bass
Kim King   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer,Liner Notes
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Karen Dalton   Composer
Sandy Fisher   Engineer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Mel London   Composer
Joel Brodsky   Cover Photo
Major Wiley   Composer
Lylliane Douma   Engineer
Nikolas Venet   Producer,Liner Notes

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