Portrait of an American Girl

Portrait of an American Girl

by Judy Collins

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Portrait of an American Girl

The voice is still gorgeous, the ability to either find or compose perfectly suitable songs still unerring, the humanist sensibility still pure. As Portrait of an American Girl attests, Judy Collins’s expressive artistry and aesthetic vision can still be counted on, as she continues to evolve both musically and emotionally. Now five-plus decades into her career, Collins remains a stalwart of a personal musical genre that openly embraces both folk and adult pop, shortchanging neither in the process of recording. Self-produced and largely self-composed, American Girl announces itself as a labor of love, a focused project that Collins has invested herself in wholeheartedly. The album’s title rings true: The diverse songs present a wide-ranging musical vista: gently intoned pop tunes (“Sally Go ‘Round the Roses”), Joni Mitchell classics (“That Song About Midway”), folk-era evergreens (“How Can I Keep from Singing”), reverent takes on established Americana (Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”), and Collins's own deeply felt songs touching on candid spiritual and emotional matters. The spare but effective production puts this accessible diva's ever-affecting vocals in the forefront, where they belong. Sometimes clichés put it best: Collins isn’t getting older; she’s getting better.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Wildflower
UPC: 0687348130523
catalogNumber: 1305

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Narrator
Gary Anderson   Synthesizer
Tony Beard   Drums
Katie Geissinger   Choir, Chorus
Zev Katz   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Lee Musiker   Piano
Peter Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Russell Walden   Piano,Keyboards
Frank Barr   Choir, Chorus
Johnson Flucker   Conductor,Choir, Chorus
Alexandra Montano   Choir, Chorus
Brian Dougherty   Choir, Chorus
Susan Lewis   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Norman   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Aaron Copland   Composer
Judy Collins   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Bruce Cockburn   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Gary Anderson   Arranger
John Bettis   Composer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Alan Silverman   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Mixing
Abner Spector   Composer
Russell Walden   Arranger
Robert Lowry   Composer
Annie Leibovitz   Cover Photo
Johnson Flucker   Arranger
Scott Underwood   Composer
Charlie Colin   Composer
Rob Hotchkiss   Composer
James Stafford   Composer
Arnold Mischkulnig   Engineer
Louis Nelson   Logo Design

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