Born To the Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins

Born To the Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins

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Born To the Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins

Although she is known primarily as an interpretive singer, Judy Collins has been placing her occasional compositions on her albums dating back to the inclusion of "Albatross," "Sky Fell," and "Since You Asked" (aka "Since You've Asked") on Wildflowers in 1967. The songs have appeared without fanfare, and yet their quality (consider "My Father" on 1968's Who Knows Where the Time Goes, "Secret Gardens" on 1973's True Stories and Other Dreams, and "Born to the Breed" on 1975's Judith) always suggested that, if only Collins were more prolific, she might join the ranks of the singer/songwriters whose work she celebrated in her cover recordings. Another suggestion, of course, was that if somebody just gathered together the songs she had written and recorded, it would make quite an album. Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins isn't that album exactly; it's a disc on which a group of different artists perform Collins' songs. The word "tribute" is perhaps ill-advised, not because the artists are not paying tribute -- they are -- but because this is a disc organized by Collins herself for her own record label, and calling it a tribute gives it an air of hubris; one doesn't usually put together one's own tributes, any more than one throws one's own birthday party. On the other hand, Collins certainly has an interest in promoting her own songs, and the album functions as a kind of glorified publisher's demo for that purpose. Of course, that understates the case heavily. Publishers generally do not get the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Chrissie Hynde, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Webb, and Dar Williams to tout their wares. That these artists were willing to participate is in itself a tribute to Collins, and they show her work off to good effect, usually by applying their own styles to the material. Collins' songs are craftsmanlike efforts that are varied in form and subject matter, from the personal reflection on her son that is "Born to the Breed" to a first-person story-song like "My Father," and on to politically driven pieces like "Song to Sarajevo." But they are always carefully written and highly poetic (as Leonard Cohen's recitation of the lyrics to "Since You've Asked" at the end demonstrates), and they boast flowing, classically influenced melodies that usually seem to have been written on the piano. That compilation album of Collins singing Collins should be taken up sometime, but until then Born to the Breed will serve as a collection that demonstrates the singer is an excellent songwriter as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Wildflower
UPC: 0687348131322
catalogNumber: 1313

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Joan Baez   Vocals
Leonard Cohen   Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Dar Williams   Vocals
Tony Beard   Drums
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Chrissie Hynde   Vocals
Jim Mastro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Mater   Drums
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Gordon Mote   Piano
Paul Ossola   Upright Bass
Tim Ouimette   Trumpet
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Adam Seymour   Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass
Michael Visceglia   Bass
Russell Walden   Piano
Stephen Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Richard Brice   Viola
Timothy Hale   Viola
Marvin Laird   Piano
Kent Wells   Guitar
Stephen Bryant   Violin
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Kenny White   Piano,Vocals
Cody Kilby   Guitar
James Mudriczki   Vocals
Grace Paradise   Harp
Rob Friedman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar
Tom Dziekonski   Violin
Virginia Dziekonski   Cello
Danny Roberts   Mandolin
Julie Darling   Vocal Harmony
Matt Lindsey   Bass
Andy Kingslow   Keyboards
Matt Kilmer   Percussion
Amy Speace   Vocals
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Christopher Hoffman   Cello
Ali Eskandarian   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Hattie Webb   Vocals
Peter Prosser   Cello

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Producer
Judy Collins   Composer,Producer,Photo Courtesy
Tim Coats   Engineer
Michael Golub   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Jim Mastro   Producer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Alan Silverman   Producer
Russell Walden   Orchestration
Kerry Cunningham   Engineer
James Mudriczki   Producer
Rob Friedman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Tom Dziekonski   String Arrangements
Katherine DePaul   Executive Producer
Andy Kingslow   Programming,Producer
Hattie Webb   Instrumentation
Scott Ross   Engineer

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