Sunday, December 7, 2014

CD Review: Cleopatra Records Collects 28 Of Judy Collins' Best For "Both Sides Now"

Iconic folk singer Judy Collins played a pivotal part in healing the nation though music in the '70s. Her angelic voice is timeless and her gentle approach to her songs only makes her music even more unforgettable. On November 4th, Cleopatra Records released a brand new career retrospective entitled "Both Sides Now," bringing together some of her greatest songs on this 2CD, 28-song set. The first disc features Collins' collaborations with fellow folk icons Joan Baez on Baez's own "Diamonds And Rust" and Stephen Stills on "Last Thing On My Mind." Her version of the Broadway classic "Send In The Clowns" and the acapella rendition of "Amazing Grace" are just two prime examples of Collins' voice rendering a mood with her amazing vocal ability. She takes on the folk/rock classics "Morning Has Broken" (Cat Stevens) and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel) with ease and grace, making the originals like a blueprint for her to follow.

The second disc begins with only her voice and a piano on the loving 1968 piece "My Father" and her rendition of the timeless classic "Over The Rainbow" as her voice just soars. The disc also features three live cover songs, "Cat's In The Cradle" (Harry Chapin), "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (The Carter Family). The newest song in the set features a Rachael Sage and Judy Collins duet on Neil Young's "Helpless," which was originally released on Sage's latest album. One of Collins's amazing talents is turning such well known songs as "Pure Imagination" and "The Rose" into gems that could stand the test of time. To find out more about this new retrospective set of Judy Collins, please visit

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