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Dark Gift of Time
Christine Collister
Dark Gift of Time
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Christine Collister is best known for adding fire as a backup singer for Richard Thompson and as one half of a duo with Clive Gregson. Changing all that with a 1994 live album and 19...  more »

      
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All Artists: Christine Collister
Title: Dark Gift of Time
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923802228

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Christine Collister is best known for adding fire as a backup singer for Richard Thompson and as one half of a duo with Clive Gregson. Changing all that with a 1994 live album and 1996's Blue Aconite, Collister proved she deserves the spotlight. With Thompson and B.J. Cole providing support, her perfect nightclub voice adds pathos without flamboyance, tragedy without despair. She picks material with extraordinary care and the aim of an expert sportsman. Bruce Cockburn ("The Whole Night Sky"), Tom Waits ("Dirt in the Ground"), Nick Drake ("Black Eyed Dog"), Billie Holiday, Elvis Costello, and Robert Wyatt are among the featured writers. Collister gives each vocal her torchiest treatment. Most haunting is her own composition, "Always There," which uses a light sway to hide its sad truth. --Rob O'Connor

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CD Reviews

A great voice comes of age.
Geoff Batchelor | 02/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Her two previous solo efforts were very nice, but I wasn't expecting such a huge leap forward - what a great record! Great songs, interesting and varied backgrounds and styles, and really mature and terrific singing. Can't wait for more!"
A Breathtaking Album
Geoff Batchelor | Baildon, W Yorkshire United Kingdom | 08/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Noted for some beautiful live recordings (esp 'Home&Away' with Clive Gregson, Christine here delivers an astonishing studio album. Her voice is as thrilling as ever - be prepared for goosebumps - and is used on great set of songs. Her version of 'The Whole Night Sky' wipes the floor with the Bruce Cockburn original. Christine gets better support on this LP from her musicians, with outstanding contributions from Richard Thompson, BJ Cole and John Surman. While there are many great tracks, a stand out is the cover of Tom Wait's 'Dirt in the Ground'; tougher than most of Christine's material, but attacked in searing fashion by her and BJ Cole. Breathtaking.Strongly Recommended"
A Sad and Very Beautiful CD
Anne Weinstein | Brooklyn, New York | 11/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On this CD, Christine Collister delivers a performance that puts her in the ranks of the finest singers in the English language today. In vocal range and emotional power she recalls the great classical contralto, Ewa Podles. Her 'I Want To Vanish' is on a par with June Tabor's fine 1994 performance. In choice of songs and arrangements, the performances range from alt.country to jazz, yet the production achieves seamless continuity. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, 5 stars is a little low."