COLLINS, JUDY - PARADISE
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|5. Last Thing On My Mind|
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|7. Kingdom Come|
|9. Ghost Riders In The Sky|
The collection of songs selected for Collins' latest project reinforces her lifelong commitment to quality songwriting and worldwide reputation as one of the finest interpretative singers in any genre. Paradise is a collection of songs with universal themes, desires, and cries of a human being searching for paradise here on earth. There are 10 heartfelt songs with tales to tell about finding love, losing love, personal freedom and redemption. Collins teams up with the legendary Joan Baez and Stephen Stills on two tracks.
Top Customer Reviews
Eclectic is always the essence of a Judy Collins recording ever since the early days of In My Life and Wildflowers and no less here all seamlessly flowing from one great song to the next.
Included here, Over the Rainbow was initially a recorded for a new illustrated childrens' book written about the song published this last spring by Peter Yarrow's imprint. The second standard on this recording is a delightfully surprising rendition of Ghost Riders in the Sky and in another kind of flashback, a early folksong harking back to her earliest albums, The Dens of Yarrow which is sung with a towering soprano voice that is just as clear as ever it was and recalling perhaps her rendition of The Wild Mountain Thyme.
The one song written by herself, Kingdom Come, which is a harrowing song written about the dedication of the firefighters of 9/11 and an admirable piece of narrative songwriting in the best folk tradition. Equally moving is The Weight of the World. The eponymous Paradise is a kind of meditation on being an artist and particularly Gauguin written by Jimmy Webb (who also wrote 'The Moon's a Harsh Mistress' recorded earlier in the 1975 Judith album.)
And then there are the equally wonderful duets with Joan Baez (Diamonds and Rust) and Stephen Stills (The Last Thing On My Mind). Events no doubt as is Emilio sung with Michael Johnson which I always come away with in my memory.
Her rendition of Tim Buckley's Once I Was is, I think, exceptionally lovely.Read more ›
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"There is nothing wrong with Judy's rendition of the famous "Over the Rainbow" except she is the wrong Judy singing it. That song will always be Ms. Garland's unless you hear the incomparable version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole which will blow you out of the Pacific Ocean. "Weight of the World" is a fine but terribly sad song about a son and brother-- his sister tells the story-- going off to a war in a desert (It was the first time I saw my father cry.) We know of course that the dad cried on at least one other occasion when the military send her brother home in the dead of winter and the flag on the hometown football field flew at half-mast. (The Dixie Chicks sing a similar song "Travelin" Soldier" on their "Home" CD.)
My three favorite selections on the CD are "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Last Thing on My Mind," and "Diamonds and Rust." Ms. Collins in "Ghost Riders" has a great backup chorus consisting of Denver Collins, Joe Hurley, Bob Neuwirth, Tom Paxton, Paul Rolnick and Jimmy Webb. She recorded Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind" years ago and re-records it here with an old boy friend Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash and sometimes Young who almost as many years ago wrote "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" in praise of Ms. Collins. It is great to hear their gentle harmonies on this one of my favorite songs--"Didn't mean to be unkind/you know that was the last thing on my mind." Stills plays 12-string guitar; Judy is on guitar on this arrangement. But the grand prize goes to "Diamonds and Rust," the song Joan Baez wrote and recorded for Bob Dylan. Here we have two of the great women's voices of the folk era-- if not the two best-- singing in what appears to be close harmony in a delicate and haunting arrangement of this beautiful song. They are accompanied by Russell Walden on piano and the Nashville Rhythm Section that provide perfect accompaniment for this perfect duet. The enduring appeal of "Diamonds and Rust" has to be its universality: the remembrance of a love so long ago, a love in which you gave more than you received and you still have feelings for the person you loved.
I wish we had been given the lyrics to the songs and that Ms. Collins had used another photograph for this CD even though she is still very beautiful and Annie Leibovitz, who according to the notes took the picture, is of course considered by some critics to be the best celebrity photographer alive. Russell Walden plays piano on many of the cuts and Larry Campbell picks the 12-string guitar on really fine instrumentals. Judy's silvery voice of course still captivates, still moves the listener, still shines just as it has throughout her long glorious career.
Each track is it's own treasure - some will bring tears (Weight of the World , Kingdom Come , Once I Was ) - some will bring big smiles -
Diamonds & Rust (gorgeous) , Last Thing On My Mind (a real treat) and Ghost Riders (great fun- I bet you can't help but sing along)
The hauntingly beautiful Dens of Yarrow will take your breath away!
Emilio - something totally new & different - but , then , this is a Judy Collins production - Bravo! - and Thank you, Judy !
Second, I did enjoy the song Emilo, but I was not too impressed with the Duet. Ideally, the beginning vocalist (Michael Johnson) sounded a bit too nasal or flat. However, as the song progressed, the vocals overshadowed the marred beginning.
Trird, Diamonds and Rust with Joan Baez is well worth the price of the CD. I have been waiting for years for my two favorite artists to sing a duet. This song is a 5 star. The voices blended perfectly. What a joy! I can't get past the first two songs to fully enjoy the entire CD!
Fourth, from a historical perspective, I hope the song Kingdom Come resonates in our minds forever and future generations are able to hear the song. TEACHER'S THIS SONG IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT. Buy it and play it in your classrooms on Sept. 11th! I would love to develop a lesson on this song alone.
Lastly, as I listened to the entire album, I found myself coming to the heavenly album in 1966 titled "In My Life". Paradise, Like the In My Life album, has the political tone (Weight of the World), the traditional folk (Dens of Yarrow), and the Soundtrack (Over the Rainbow). In my life is in a class of its own and is hard to beat; but, this CD comes close. Radio stations listen up, play Over the Rainbow! It is a beautiful song to listen to in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Chicago! Buy it and i am confident you won't be disappointed.
First and foremost, Ms. Collins, now 71, remains in great voice - her voice has hardly aged at all. I'm sure this is due to her constant voice training, physical fitness regimen, and healthy eating.
The album opens with the classic song from that other Judy, "Over the Rainbow." Similar to her versions of other Broadway and movie classics, Collins includes the introductory lyrics, which were cut from the Wizard of Oz movie. This song was also included in the CD that accompanied the children's' picture book "Over the Rainbow." It's nice to hear those original lyrics.
A duet with Joan Baez follows, with the two of them singing Baez's classic song about her affair with Bob Dylan, "Diamonds and Rust." Judy must be intrigued by Joan's love life, as the only other Baez composition that she has sung is "A Song for David," about Joan's ex-husband. Anyway, Judy and Joan do a great job together, and the arrangement is terrific - and fun. There is an interesting contrast between the two voices - Joan Baez's voice has definitely aged, and is now much older and huskier, while Judy's voice maintains its perfect clarity.
Since I only received the album today, I have not yet had the chance to savoir the next two songs, "Once I Was" and "Weight of the World." These seem like more classic Judy Collins songs about war and great challenges in life. I need to sit down and listen carefully.
In my initial listening, "The Last Thing on My Mind," a duet with Steven Stills, is a bit disappointing. Given that Judy and Steven Stills were lovers so many years ago (the Crosby, Stills and Nash song, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" is Stills' ode to Ms. Collins), I had high hopes that this rendition would capture the thoughts and perhaps the serendipity of ex-lovers. I did not hear that - Judy's voice overrides Mr. Stills.
"Dens of Yarrow" is a classic in the original Judy Collins folk tradition. This song sounds very similar to the song Judy did on her "Classic Folk" album, "Barbara Allen." Do they come from the same tradition?
Next is Judy's own song about 9-11, "Kingdom Come." This song, previously released as a single, always brings tears to my eyes. "Emilio," a duet with Michael Johnson, is another song that will require more study.
I absolutely love, "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Of course it's been done too many times. But the contrast between Judy's serious voice, and the chorus of "Yippie yi Ohhhhh, Yippie yi yaaaaay," is too much fun - evidently Tom Paxton is part of the "Yippie" chorus.
The final song is a Jimmy Webb song about Gauguin looking for Paradise in the South Pacific. This song ties the album's themes together in classic Judy Collins style.
My review is "Yippie yi Ohhhhh, Yippie yi yaaaaay"