Judith

Judith

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by Judy Collins
     
 

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By the mid-'70s, Judy Collins had earned a reputation as a masterful interpretive singer as well as shown a late-blooming gift as a songwriter. But while much of her work displayed an artful and contemplative tone, after she scored a surprise hit single with her a cappella rendition of "Amazing Grace," Collins was nudged a few steps closer to the mainstream, and…  See more details below

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By the mid-'70s, Judy Collins had earned a reputation as a masterful interpretive singer as well as shown a late-blooming gift as a songwriter. But while much of her work displayed an artful and contemplative tone, after she scored a surprise hit single with her a cappella rendition of "Amazing Grace," Collins was nudged a few steps closer to the mainstream, and 1975's Judith often strikes an uncomfortable balance between misguided pop confections and sturdier material which more readily suits her talents. While several of the cuts feature unexpectedly lush orchestral arrangements, these are often among the highlights. Her graceful and affecting versions of Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" (as well as her own "Houses") are lovely and inspired, while the overcooked light rock of "Angel, Spread Your Wings" and "Salt of the Earth" (one of the least effective Rolling Stones covers ever) serve as perfect examples of what doesn't work for Collins in the studio. Other highlights include two vintage chestnuts, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and "I'll Be Seeing You" -- which suggest Collins would have done well to consider an album of great songs of the 1930s -- and two very different songs about motherhood, "Born to the Breed" and "Pirate Ships," both of which ring honest and true throughout. Judith's high points are sublime, but the low points are just sorry enough to mark this as a turning point toward one of the less-distinguished periods of Collins' career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596051729
catalogNumber:
111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Goodman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Seldon Powell   Horn
Corky Hale   Harmonica,Harp
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Eric Weissberg   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Amanuel Vardi   Violin
Charlie Brown   Guitar
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Kenny Ascher   Keyboards,Electric Piano
John Beal   Bass
Kenneth Bichel   Synthesizer,ARP
Randy Brecker   Horn
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Garnett Brown   Horn
Steve Burgh   Guitar
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Horn
Denver Collins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vinnie Famuele   Trombone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Paul Griffin   Organ,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Hank Jaramillo   Percussion
Joel Kaye   Wind
Tony Levin   Bass
Arif Mardin   Conductor
George Marge   Flute,Horn,Recorder
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Piano
Charles McCracken   Cello
Kermit Moore   Cello
Cliff Morris   Guitar
Gene Orloff   Violin
Thomas Pearson   Keyboards
Romeo Penque   Flute
Eunice Peterson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pat Rebillot   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
George Ricci   Cello
Abe Rosen   Harmonica
Scott   Wind
Sylvia Shemwell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Slapin   Bass,Flute
Jerry Smith   Wind
David Spinozza   Guitar
Bob Steen   Wind
Tony Studd   Horn
Jonathan Tunick   Conductor
Larry Wechsler   Horn
Sidney Weinberg   Wind
Frank Wess   Horn
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Judith Collins   Flute,Guitar,Piano,English Horn,Vocals
Albert Richmond   Horn

Technical Credits

Glenn Berger   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger
Glen Christensen   Art Direction
Jay Gorney   Composer

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Judith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Judith is one of the best albums of the 1970's. One of the true classics.