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Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Good ole Judy Blue Eyes has been with us musically almost as long as Aretha and Barbra, though with less regularity and luster. A few years prior to this 1999 recording, she obviously went through some sort of vocal crisis... more »
Good ole Judy Blue Eyes has been with us musically almost as long as Aretha and Barbra, though with less regularity and luster. A few years prior to this 1999 recording, she obviously went through some sort of vocal crisis and sounded like hell for a while. But she appears, at least on the basis of this release, to have gone through vocal rehab and come out ahead. It's nice to have her back. To be sure, there are some problems: On "I Can't Get Started," her pitch varies wildly at times, and elsewhere her pure, white, vibratoless, boyish tone can make you a little crazy--take the words "face" and "begin" on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" for example. In addition, she sounds purposefully detached to a point of catatonia a lot--but, heavens, she makes pretty sounds! She actually sings "Don't Cry for Me..." and makes you not want to throw something, and "Embraceable You" and "My Funny Valentine" are gorgeous. "Younger Than Springtime" is dull, dull, dull, but her famous "Send in the Clowns" is better and better. Jonathan Tunick's arrangements are properly wispy--lots of harp for this soft, sweet singing. Did you like Willie Nelson's Stardust album? Then you'll like this too. --Robert Levine
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Ani K. (goddessani) from POULSBO, WA
Reviewed on 7/3/2006...
Judy sings the classics and makes them her own.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
A beautiful collection, sensitively interpreted!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"JUDY COLLINS, has a remarkable career, and has shown the highest degree of good taste in choosing songs, and thematic albums to commit her enormous talents to, this one is no exception. Her sensitive, unique performances of many Broadway standards, brings each and every piece to life again, with a new twist, solely her own! Especialy moving is the song, "Don't Cry For me Argentina," which has been done repeatedly, but here, it has a new horn section, one that brings yet a new demension out of a song, where it seemed there were no new emotions to wring out of a well-visited piece of music. Leave it to Judy to find a new "twist" to a familiar piece of music. Another gem, is "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?" A song, unlike, "Argentina," that has hardly been covered at all! Bravo, Judy, for this musical treat!"
A Delightful Surprise
FXO | New York, NY | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stumbled upon this CD very recently and wondered how I missed the September release of such a gem. A collection of truly classic Broadway melodies delivered enchantingly. Stand-outs include one of the best versions of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" I have ever heard, an affecting "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?" and an "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face" that warms the heart. Apparently, not much, if any, promotion for this album, and that is a shame. Miss Collins' voice is in fine form, and she does a terrific job with some wonderful songs. She deserves better. This is an album you would not regret buying."