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Carolyn Hester Coalition

The Carolyn Hester Coalition

by Carolyn Hester
     
 
Carolyn Hester had been away from the recording scene for a few years when she re-emerged in the late 1960s as the centerpiece of the Carolyn Hester Coalition, a psychedelic- and folk-tinged rock group. It's hard to read this as anything but an attempt to keep up with the times on the part of someone who missed the boat that made folk and folk-rock a commercial

Overview

Carolyn Hester had been away from the recording scene for a few years when she re-emerged in the late 1960s as the centerpiece of the Carolyn Hester Coalition, a psychedelic- and folk-tinged rock group. It's hard to read this as anything but an attempt to keep up with the times on the part of someone who missed the boat that made folk and folk-rock a commercial proposition. Purism aside, this unexpected move wasn't a bad thing; Hester wasn't the greatest or most original folksinger anyway, so why not try something different? Her voice is still thin and almost unnaturally high, although not unappealingly so, on both rocked-up versions of folk songs she probably sang acoustically at one point ("East Virginia," "Let's Get Together") and tunes that are closer to fairly commercial psychedelic folk-rock. It's not the most organic combination, with trendy fuzz guitars flitting in and out of the arrangements from time to time. It's not bad, though, and the brooding cover of Ed McCurdy's anti-war song "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" is an effective interpretation of a significant composition that was overlooked by other folk-rock acts. Indeed the album, on that track and others, is more downcast than might be expected, Hester moaning at one point "half the world is starving, half the world is overfed, half take sleeping pills at night, half don't have a bed."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Sunbeam Records
UPC:
5051125506613
catalogNumber:
5066

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carolyn Hester   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Steve Wolfe   Guitar
Dave Blume   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Jerry Keller   Background Vocals
Skeeter Camera   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Carolyn Hester   Arranger,Composer
Barry Miles   Liner Notes
Steve Wolfe   Liner Notes
Dave Blume   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerome Gasper   Engineer
Sid Maurer   Art Direction
Michael Mendel   Cover Design
Larry Schnapf   Engineer
Dom Cerulli   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Dave Plume   Producer
Jude Holmes   Executive Producer
Dino Valenti   Composer

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