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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 075596051729
  • Catalog Number: 111
  • Sales rank: 36,142

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
Les 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Super Classic from the '70s

    Judith is one of the best albums of the 1970's. One of the true classics.

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