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|Judy Collins||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Bill Keith||Steel Guitar|
|Bucky Pizzarelli||Acoustic Guitar|
|Eric Weissberg||Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass|
|Don Brooks||Amplified Harmonica|
|Steve Mandell||Acoustic Guitar|
|Allan Schwartzberg||Percussion, Drums|
|Jerry Mathews||Electric Guitar|
Posted October 1, 2010
What truly distinguishes this 1973 work by Collins , aside from her legendary crystalline voice , is her remarkable songwriting ability ; although True Stories and Other Dreams boasts fine songs by Stephen Stills and Tom Paxton (his song "The Hostage" , about the Attica prison riot gets a powerful rendition by Collins) , the major highlights of this album are Collins's original songs. Her " Fisherman Song" is an irresistable little ditty that has a wonderful music track featuring a concertina , fiddle and Evelyn Beers's dancing dolls ; "Holly Ann" is a lovingly melodic tribute to Collins's younger sister ; the very sad "Song For Martin", a touching rumination for a friend who commited suicide ; the epic-sized "Che" , a biographical tribute to Che Guevera that slowly builds in intensity. The song that dominates this album, however, is Collin's heart-wrenchingly beautiful memory piece , "Secret Gardens of the Heart" , a mind's eye visit to her grandmother's house , a much loved place that in the present day doesn't exist anymore. This song is a masterpiece that ranks easily with Paul Dresser's great "On The Banks Of The Wabash" - both songs are musical memorials to days gone by and love letters to the dead. I suspect that years from now Judy Collins will get the praise she truly deserves for her contribution to American songwriting. Although her style is deceptively simple and her songs tend to focus on the autobiographical , they are powerful works of art. Judy Collins is a National Treasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
I'm not sure why this album is passed over by some in stead for the typical choices of COLORS OF THE DAY, WILDFLOWERS, and JUDITH (not that they aren't great in their own right!), yet until people listen to TRUE STORIES, one really can't judge her on her songwriting because it appeared too infrequently in her earlier recordings. In regards to her songwriting, it ranges from gentle and simple-minded fare (''Cook With Honey'') to highly serious political and historical songs (''The Hostage,'' and ''Che''). Throught the course of this, Collins has also written songs of utter beauty that do nothing but reveal her true musical genius, including ''Fishermen Song,'' ''Secret Gardens,'' and ''Holly Ann.'' It is sort of a surprise that this album wasn't more successful than it was because it did contain one of Collins' only top 40 hits in ''Cook With Honey.'' If that song got radio airplay, than why did the album in turn not get more exposure? I believe if people are going to profess how Judy is their favorite singer/songwriter yet haven't listened to TRUE STORIES AND OTHER DREAMS, than they will be happily surprised how this album may truly solidify that fact for them!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.