The Carolyn Hester Coalition

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Sunbeam Records
  • EAN: 5051125506613
  • Catalog Number: 5066
  • Sales rank: 336,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magic, Man - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:16)
  2. 2 East Virginia - Carolyn Hester Coalition (3:06)
  3. 3 Tomorrow When I Wake Up - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:33)
  4. 4 Be Your Baby - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:37)
  5. 5 Big City Streets - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:56)
  6. 6 Half the World - Carolyn Hester Coalition (3:19)
  7. 7 Let's Get Together - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:34)
  8. 8 Hey, Jay - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:51)
  9. 9 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream - Carolyn Hester Coalition (3:04)
  10. 10 The Journey - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:35)
  11. 11 Buddha (Was Her Best Man) - Carolyn Hester Coalition (2:22)
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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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