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Julia Fordham Audio CD
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1. Happy Ever After (Rain Forrest Mix)
2. Where Does The Time Go? ('98 Version)
3. Manhattan Skyline
4. Lock And Key
5. Porcelain
6. Girlfriend
7. Falling Forward
8. I Can't Help Myself
9. I Thought It Was You
10. East West
11. Killing Me Slowly
12. Kid
13. It Was Nothing That You Said
14. (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways
15. Happy Ever After

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Julia Fordham ~ The Julia Fordham Collection

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great voice you may not have heard before June 22 2004
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Julia Fordham's "Collection" spans her first ten years as a renowned singer, like many for whom subtlety is her greatest virtue, went all but unrecognized in America. When her first album was released in 1988, critics clamored over its honesty and purity, and many compared her voice favorably to Annie Lennox and Anita Baker. The song "Happy Ever After" became an international hit and the video established Julia in America as a singer songwriter to watch.
Her second (and best) album, "Porcelain," continued in that vein, including another near hit in "Manhattan Skyline." It was during this tour that I saw her twice, one of those a showcase at the top of the World Trade Center where the audience included such admirers as Sting. Her vocal and expressive talents on stage won over a signifigant following, but despite some heavy muscle on behalf of her record company, the album only sold a modest amount. When the third album was being prepared, Julia recorded her first outside song, "Love Moves In Mysterious Ways." A great ballad written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford of "Footloose" fame and produced by Peter Asher (then riding high as a producer of Joe Jackson and 10,000 Maniacs), it was attached to the movie "The Fisherman's Wife." It was supposed to be the song that would lift Julia's "Swept" off the launch pad and make her an American Star. But when "Fisherman's Wife" failed to lure in movie goers and the song disappeared, it also seemed like Julia's record company lost interest.
That left the very good "Falling Forward" and introspective "East West" albums to fend for themselves. As the songs here from those two discs suggest, both are worthy albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered Jewel July 23 2002
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Julia Fordham is a true undiscovered treasure. Blessed with an exceptional voice and golden pen, this lady has talent to burn. This collection of songs are a great introduction to her work. All the favorites from her previous releases are here. My favorite tunes include "Happy Ever After", "Manhattan Skyline", "Girlfriend" and "Love Moves". Julia's approach to music reminds me of when Anita Baker first came on the scene - A true singing talent with great song writing capabilities. This is a wonderful collection of songs. If you like this, you can't go wrong checking out "Porcelain" and her first disc, "Julia Fordham." She has a wonderful gift. Peace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of 6 stars! June 19 2002
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After all these years, I'm still amazed that Julia Fordham hasn't gotten the recognition she deserves. Her voice is unmistakable -- going from husky deep tones to soring soprano notes effortlessly. And if her enormous vocal range isn't enough to make you a fan, her intelligent and poetic lyrics ("What chance did I stand? How could I resist? Your American arms and your French kiss?") are sure to win you over.
"The Collection" is an especially good album for first time listeners. There isn't a bad track on the album and it offers a taste of some of her best work to date, including several tracks off her sublime "Porcelain". Three songs are re-worked and two new songs are added making it a worthwhile purchase for those who already have all her albums. And if you don't already have her entire collection, "The Collection" will leave you wanting to more.
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As an introduction to the late '80s/early '90s female singer/songwriters, this album surpasses everything that rivals it. Whilst it has all of the literacy and beauty that sets most female singer/songwriters apart from the often childish radio "love songs" and the vulgar rap and grunge of teenage radio, it does not possess the difficult themes of many other female singer/songwriters. Indeed, this absence of "mysterious" elements makes Fordham the most "traditional" of her era's singer/songwriters.
Yet, her beautiful, though often painful, voice and unmistakable sense of melody is just delightful to listen to throughout the album, and despite the fact that the lyrical themes are fairly easy to understand, they lack nothing in depth. Fordham's writing has a wonderful sense of capturing the difficulties of unrequited love, and she has such a beautiful voice that none of the songs fail to come home with precision. Her lyrics are always so heartfelt (even if they are often quite sad, even despairing in tone) that one can always identify with the characters in her songs in a way one cannot with most modern singer/songwriters and their often otherworldly themes.
The highlights of the album include the incredibly beautiful and literate "Porcelain", the extremely spare but wonderful "Lock and Key" and "Manhattan Skyline", the later gem "East West", and the movie theme "(Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways", which, though the only song on the album Fordham did not write, is just as great as the other songs on the album and adds diversity with its piano and rocking guitar. Almost as impressive are the incredibly sad "I Can't Help Myself" and "Happy Ever After" (which was her only entry onto the Australian charts - though it only reached #83) with its African rhythms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording Vocalist you haven't heard
Julia Fordham has yet to burst onto the popular "easy listening" scene in the US, and perhaps for those of us who adore her music it is just as well. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2002 by J. Rausch
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond great
I first heard Julia's "Killing Me Softly" on a retail store promo CD and instantly loved (and related to the song). Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by susan morris
5.0 out of 5 stars How My Heart Sings!
I stumbled upon this cd on the listening section at Border's bookstore nearby. I take a quick listen and suddenly after a the first 30 seconds of Happy Ever After, I just decided... Read more
Published on June 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars She's absolutely brilliant
You cannot mistake this voice. It's lush, and jazzy and sometime soaked in misery. Other times its bouncy and full of light. Read more
Published on July 11 2000 by Collin Mitchell Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Please! A New Album?
It's time to get back to the studio, get that CD out and plan a small venue US tour. Your adoring fans are waiting. We need you back on the smooth-jazz play lists. Read more
Published on June 11 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars All of Julia Fordham
The first time I saw Julia was on VH1 and it was for her Happy Ever After song, after I heard the song I went to the record store the next day and bought the tape. Read more
Published on May 28 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophiscated Bliss
Before this CD, I had never heard of Fordham's music. However, I accidentally came across this CD and I was immediately entralled by Forham's music. Read more
Published on May 8 2000 by Timothy Yap
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best album I ever bought!!!
Julia Fordham never seizes to amaze me. I don't know any singer/songwriter who sings and writes songs with more passion and deep sadness consistenly than she does. Read more
Published on July 6 1999 by maribelaguinaldo@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection Displays Singer's Sonorous Sophistry
It's a shame that Julia Fordham never caught on. Her oboe-like voice, smoky and rich in the lower registers, light and reedy in her falsetto higher range, is the ideal instrument... Read more
Published on April 2 1999
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