Paradise

Paradise

by Judy Collins
     
 

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Paradise is a collection of songs with universal themes, desires, and cries of a human being searching for paradise here on earth. There are 10 heartfelt songs with tales to tell about finding love, losing love, personal freedom, and redemption. Judy Collins teams up with the legendary Joan Baez and Stephen Stills on two tracks.

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Paradise is a collection of songs with universal themes, desires, and cries of a human being searching for paradise here on earth. There are 10 heartfelt songs with tales to tell about finding love, losing love, personal freedom, and redemption. Judy Collins teams up with the legendary Joan Baez and Stephen Stills on two tracks.

Paradise provides a modern take on the times, with brand new renditions of archetypal songs made fresh with Collins's striking arrangements and intimate, breathtaking vocals. The material here is drawn from great sources such as Jimmy Webb, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Tim Buckley, and Stan Jones, to name a few. The duet of Collins and Baez singing "Diamonds and Rust," Baez's 1975 hit single, is stunning as you listen to their angelic harmonies revealing sincere feelings on the complexity of love in haunting words and melody. And, with the often-recorded Tom Paxton song "Last Thing on My Mind," Collins pairs up with Stephen Stills to create a fresh and sweetly melodic track, beautifully weaving their complementary voices together with soft and jangly guitars of a song reminiscing a couple's breakup. The poignant duet from these two former lovers, singing "I could've loved you better... didn't mean to be unkind, don't you know that was the last thing on my mind," make for a wonderfully lilting and bittersweet tune.

Renowned for her activism and performing socially relevant material Collins's Paradise includes the recording "The Weight of the World," by emerging artist Amy Speace, an anti-war song with powerful and personal lyrics. Singing about a brother unthinkably heading off to fight, Collins's voice is a plaintive, universal cry of the unspeakable senselessness of losing a loved one to war. We can feel the weight of her world in the intimacy of the song's lyrics, resonating with "The weight of the world, too heavy to lift / So much was lost, so much was missed / It doesn’t seem fair that any boy or any girl / Should have to carry the weight of the world." From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Wildflower
UPC:
0687348132923
catalogNumber:
81329

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano
Michael Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Paxton   Choir, Chorus
Steve Stills   12-string Guitar
Bob Neuwirth   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Webb   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus,Conch
Steve Brewster   Percussion,Drums
Larry Campbell   12-string Guitar
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
Denver Collins   Choir, Chorus
Tony Levin   Bass
Paul Rolnick   Choir, Chorus
Steve Skinner   Keyboards
Russell Walden   Piano
Jason Webb   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Mark Hill   Bass
Joe Hurley   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Michael Johnson   Composer
Joan Baez   Composer,Duet
Judy Collins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Cathy Fink   Engineer
Tom Paxton   Composer
Steve Stills   Duet
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Jon Vezner   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Paul Rolnick   Vocal Engineer
Alan Silverman   Producer,Engineer,Mastering,Vocal Engineer
Russell Walden   Orchestration
Larry Beckett   Composer
Steve Dady   Engineer
Kerry Cunningham   Engineer
Amy Bennick   Graphic Design
Stanley Jones   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Katherine DePaul   Executive Producer
Jud Caswell   Composer
Amy Speace   Composer
Tim Buckler   Composer

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