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 Judy Collins

American singer-songwriter


Studio Albums

Judith (1975)







 Judy Collins

Judith - 8

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress/ Angel Spread Your Wings/ Houses/ The Lovin of the Game/ Song for Duke/ Send in the Clowns/ Salt of the Earth. Buddie Can You Spare a Dime/ City of New Orleans, I'll Be Seeing You/ Pirate Ships/ Born to the Breed.

I fell in love with this album from the first time I heard it. An excellent fusion of folk and rock and a mix of (then) contemporary material with more traditional. I read a review that said Judith didn't quite know where it was going and Collins didn't quite know whether to cast aside the more traditional folk aspects in favour of a more modern approach. That to me is the beauty of the album - the strength of the material where Collins' songwriting is every bit as good as the more traditional numbers. She contributes three songs here, rich in poetry from the song to her son "Born to the Breed" to her tribute to Duke Ellington "Song for Duke." The album opens with a sublime version of the excellent Jimmy Webb song The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (surely the definitive version of the song). She then takes us through songs by Jagger/Richards "Salt of the Earth" and of course her biggest hot with Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns". City of New Orleans and the hyper-romantic "I'll Be Seeing You" are also excellent on one of those albums that just has a feelgood factor about it. This album has been part of my life for many years.