Judy Collins - Judith [Direct-Disk Labs SD 16607] (1975)

Dynamic Range Released: 1975
Country: US
Label: Direct-Disk Labs
Catalog: SD 16607
Genre: Soft Rock

Note: 1978 Direct Disk Labs' Super Disk version featuring superior quality pressings, extended dynamic range, cut half-speed from original analog master. This was a sealed copy. Seal broken to do this transfer.

Item# SR-DISD16607
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=NM

T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
02 Angel, Spread Your Wings
03 Houses
04 The Lovin' Of The Game
05 Song For Duke
06 Send In The Clowns
07 Salt Of The Earth
08 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
09 City Of New Orleans
10 I'll Be Seeing You
11 Pirate Ships
12 Born To The Breed

Judy Collins

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Album Review

Mark Deming [allmusic.com]

By the mid-'70s, Judy Collins had earned a reputation as a masterful interpretive singer as well as shown a late-blooming gift as a songwriter. But while much of her work displayed an artful and contemplative tone, after she scored a surprise hit single with her a cappella rendition of ''Amazing Grace,'' Collins was nudged a few steps closer to the mainstream, and 1975's Judith often strikes an uncomfortable balance between misguided pop confections and sturdier material which more readily suits her talents. While several of the cuts feature unexpectedly lush orchestral arrangements, these are often among the highlights. Her graceful and affecting versions of Jimmy Webb's ''The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress'' and Stephen Sondheim's ''Send in the Clowns'' (as well as her own ''Houses'') are lovely and inspired, while the overcooked light rock of ''Angel, Spread Your Wings'' and ''Salt of the Earth'' (one of the least effective Rolling Stones covers ever) serve as perfect examples of what doesn't work for Collins in the studio. Other highlights include two vintage chestnuts, ''Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?'' and ''I'll Be Seeing You'' -- which suggest Collins would have done well to consider an album of great songs of the 1930s -- and two very different songs about motherhood, ''Born to the Breed'' and ''Pirate Ships,'' both of which ring honest and true throughout. Judith's high points are sublime, but the low points are just sorry enough to mark this as a turning point toward one of the less-distinguished periods of Collins' career.