Times of Our Lives

Times of Our Lives

by Judy Collins


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Times of Our Lives

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596000123
catalogNumber: 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
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

Andrew Lloyd 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
Arthur Payson   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger
Cengiz Yaltkaya   Arranger
Bob Bishop   Contributor,Retouching
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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