Times of Our Lives

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Judy Collins' 15th regular album, Running for My Life 1980, suffered disappointing sales, becoming her first album since 1964's The Judy Collins Concert not to reach the Top 100. Not surprisingly, her 16th, Times of Our Lives, is a more aggressively commercial effort. Unlike its predecessor, her first self-produced effort, she co-produced this one with Lewis Hahn, and Arif Mardin, who produced her best-selling regular LP, 1975's Judith, is credited as co-producer. Collins leaves little doubt that she wants to regain her commercial clout, leading off the disc with Hugh Prestwood's uptempo adult contemporary pop number "Great Expectations," which, while nominally about ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Judy Collins' 15th regular album, Running for My Life 1980, suffered disappointing sales, becoming her first album since 1964's The Judy Collins Concert not to reach the Top 100. Not surprisingly, her 16th, Times of Our Lives, is a more aggressively commercial effort. Unlike its predecessor, her first self-produced effort, she co-produced this one with Lewis Hahn, and Arif Mardin, who produced her best-selling regular LP, 1975's Judith, is credited as co-producer. Collins leaves little doubt that she wants to regain her commercial clout, leading off the disc with Hugh Prestwood's uptempo adult contemporary pop number "Great Expectations," which, while nominally about romance, comes off as a statement of purpose for the singer, who declares, "I believe in beginning again, I expect to be winning again." But if Times of Our Lives is a simpler, more accessible album than Running for My Life, it's not as if Collins is selling out to commercial considerations by any means. In fact, this is her first album since 1973's True Stories and Other Dreams in which she has written half of the material herself. Her songs are typical of her, and they help make the LP something of a theme album about family. Collins, whose best-known original compositions include "My Father" and a song about her son, Clark Taylor, "Born to the Breed," here dedicates another song to Taylor, "The Rest of Your Life," before going on to songs with the titles "Grandaddy" and "Mama Mama" the latter a story song about a Midwest woman with five children deciding on an abortion. She also covers Anna McGarrigle's "Sun Son." "Angel on My Side" is a cautionary tale in which the singer recounts rescuing herself from the brink of disaster, while "Don't Say Goodbye Love," which reminds listeners of Collins' classical roots, is an impassioned romantic ballad. Prestwood provides two more contributions, the sexy "It's Gonna Be One of Those Nights" which also seems aimed at the AC charts and the sentimental "Drink a Round to Ireland." On an album with far fewer songwriters than usual for Collins, the remaining track is her version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" from Cats, no doubt intended to be another "Send in the Clowns" for her, although, in this case she seems to have been scooped by Barbra Streisand, who put out her version on an album called Memories shortly before the release of Times of Our Lives. That's a shame, since this is the sort of album that just needs a hit single to achieve its purpose and return Collins to commercial success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596000123
  • Catalog Number: 60001

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Collins Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Keith Banjo
Phil Bodner Flute
Urbie Green Trombone
Dick Hyman Piano, Celeste, Cello
Steve Khan Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Miller Bass
David Nadien Concert Master
Sue Evans Percussion
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini Harp
Wayne Andre Trombone
Diane Barere Cello
Elena Barere Violin
Rubens Bassini Percussion, Conga
Shelton Becton Background Vocals
Seymour Berman Viola
Arnold Black Violin
William David Brohn Conductor
Ariana Bronne Violin
Alfred Brown Viola
Pete Cannarozzi Synthesizer
David Carey Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Donald Corrado French Horn
Eddie Daniels Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Lewis Eley Violin
Harvey Estrin Flute
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Barry Finclair Violin
Lewis Hahn Keyboards, Casio
Ula Hedwig Background Vocals
Richard Hendrickson Violin
Anthony Jackson fender rhodes
Randy Kerber Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes, CS-80
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Warren Lash Cello
Tony Levin Bass
Jesse Levine Viola
Richard Locker Cello
James Madison Drums
Arif Mardin Conductor
George Marge English Horn, Oboe
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Bass
Sharon Moe French Horn
Jan Mullen Violin
Chris Parker Drums
Max Pollikoff Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Richard Rimbaugh Percussion, Drums, Tabla, Tambourine, finger cymbals
Al Rogers Violin
Margaret Ross Harp
Russ Savakus Bass
Russell Savkas Bass
Richard Sortomme Violin
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Jonathan Tunick Conductor
Cengiz Yaltkaya Conductor
Masako Yanagita Violin
Richard Young Violin
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Anahid Ajemian Violin
Michael Comins Violin
Alvin E. Roger Violin
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Maureen Gallagher Viola
Anahid Aiemian Violin
Joseph Rabushka Violin
Helen Weiss Violin
Beverly Lauridson Cello
Bill Brohn Conductor
Richard D. Young Violin
John Miller Bass
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Judy Collins Producer, Art Direction
William David Brohn Arranger
Lewis Hahn Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Anthony Jackson Contributor
Randy Kerber Contributor
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
George Marino Engineer, Mastering
Sir Arthur Payson Engineer
Jonathan Tunick Arranger
Cengiz Yaltkaya Arranger
Bob Bishop Contributor, Retouching
Stephen Innocenzi Mastering
Bob Heimall Art Direction
Jim Houghton Art Direction
Judy Elliott-Brown Engineer, Contributor
Frank Kulaga Engineer
Trevor Nunn Composer
T.S. Eliot Composer
Bill Brohn Arranger
Louis Nelson Graphic Design, Art Direction
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