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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Until she became a follower of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and turned to recording devotional music, Meg Christian was a leading light of the women's music movement. Indeed, her debut album, I Know You Know, was the first to be issued by Olivia Records, an independent label devoted to the movement, in 1974. On that LP and its follow-ups, Face the Music 1977, Turning It Over 1981, and From the Heart 1984, and on the duo concert album Meg/Cris at Carnegie Hall 1983, shared with Cris Williamson, Christian performed singer/songwriter folk-rock with a sound similar to that of mainstream contemporaries Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor, but with lyrics her own and ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Until she became a follower of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and turned to recording devotional music, Meg Christian was a leading light of the women's music movement. Indeed, her debut album, I Know You Know, was the first to be issued by Olivia Records, an independent label devoted to the movement, in 1974. On that LP and its follow-ups, Face the Music 1977, Turning It Over 1981, and From the Heart 1984, and on the duo concert album Meg/Cris at Carnegie Hall 1983, shared with Cris Williamson, Christian performed singer/songwriter folk-rock with a sound similar to that of mainstream contemporaries Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor, but with lyrics her own and others' that, while no less confessional, had a lesbian rather than heterosexual orientation. With that one differentiation which sometimes came down to little more than a change in pronouns, however, Christian was very much in the early-'70s singer/songwriter style. She sang songs of self-doubt and self-actualization, fretted about the ups and downs of her relationships, and celebrated her orientation. She did so with a rich, soulful voice tinged with a North Carolina accent, usually in the contralto range, singing over an acoustic guitar and sometimes a few other instruments, gently played. This compilation picks out the highlights of her catalog, from the humorous "Ode to a Gym Teacher" to the reflective "Southern Home," which finds her embracing the region she left, albeit without actually returning there, and "Look Within," a realization that personal fulfillment will not be found in outside events. The reasons for Christian's preeminence in women's music can be found in the songs contained here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/1993
  • Label: OLIVIA
  • UPC: 020002095729
  • Catalog Number: 957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Valentine Song (4:32)
  2. 2 Joanna (3:14)
  3. 3 Face the Music (3:38)
  4. 4 Sweet Darlin' Woman (3:42)
  5. 5 The Road I Took to You (3:15)
  6. 6 The Rock Will Wear Away (5:45)
  7. 7 Moving Right Along (2:42)
  8. 8 Ode to a Gym Teacher (3:55)
  9. 9 Gym II (4:21)
  10. 10 Turning It Over (5:40)
  11. 11 Southern Home (4:08)
  12. 12 I Wish You Well (5:17)
  13. 13 The Ones Who Aren't Here (3:58)
  14. 14 Look Within (4:31)
  15. 15 From the Heart (4:24)
  16. 16 Living in the Moment (3:56)
  17. 17 Darshan (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meg Christian Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon Vocals
Evelyn Harris Vocals
Yasmeen Bheti Williams-Johnson Vocals
Laura Sharp Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Meg Christian Producer
Holly Near Contributor
Linda Tillery Contributor
Teresa Trull Contributor
Cris Williamson Producer, Contributor
Mary Watkins Contributor
Shelby Flint Contributor
Vaneese Thomas Contributor
Margie Adam Contributor
Judy Chilnick Contributor
Diane Lindsay Producer, Contributor
Carolyn Mitchell Contributor
Vicki Randle Contributor
Jeanette Wrate Contributor
Bernice Brooks Contributor
Novi Novog Contributor
Marilyn Donadt Contributor
Robin Flower Contributor
Adrienne Torf Contributor
Jackie Robbins Contributor
Amy Taylor Barse Contributor
Kristin Stanford Contributor
Avril Adams Contributor
Lori ? Contributor
Bay Area Women's String Ensemble Contributor
Marylee Tyson Contributor
E.G. Seagull Contributor
L.J. Gross Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of the Best!

    It was a long time ago Meg that we lived and loved your music. Last night I put this album on my MP3 and the world flowed back to me as if we had never left it in San Francisco so many years ago. You are still the best of the best Meg, don't ever doubt that and you will always be in our hearts. We have moved on but in the end the best of what we are still lives in these songs and you are still the concert master. BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is not to be missed!!!

    Joyous music that celebrates the necessity of women's importance. Meg come back!!!!!

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