If you can find a CD or a tape with Judy Small's "Mothers, Daughters, Wives" on it, buy it, even if it is not "Word of Mouth," which is the proverbial one album of greatest hits to own if you only own one album. This may well be the case because getting your hands on Judy Small's work on this side of the planet can be quite difficult. I do most of my ordering over the Internet from down under.
I discovered Judy Small when my wife and oldest daughter returned from the United Nations Conference on Women in China several years ago with one of her CDS, having seen her perform there. She is one of those talented singer/songwriters who amazes you and then you find yourself wondering why everybody you know does not own everything she has done and you go off to spread the word, which is exactly what I am trying to do here.
"Mothers, Daughters, Wives" is one of the great anti-war songs of the century but Small's work is exquisitely diverse, ranging from the haunting simplicity of "Song for Jacqueline," to the rollicking fun of "The Family Maiden Aunt," the caustic wit of "Golden Arches," the political fervor of "You Don't Speak for Me," and the narrative beauty of "Mary Parker's Lament." Like all great folk singers she can deal with matters both large ("The Futures Exchange") and small ("Speaking Hands, Hearing Eyes") and still display a great sense of fun ("The Manly Ferry Song").
I will leave you with one final comment: Most of the friends to whom I have introduced the work of Judy Small, have tracked down and purchased her work whatever the international shipping rates involved.