Sunday, April 18, 2021

Judy Collins And Mary Wilson, Two Iconic Ladies Of Music Release New Albums

Folk legend Judy Collins is preparing a collection of her favorite songs titled "White Bird: Anthology of Favorites" on May 7th, through Cleopatra Records. It includes many, many memories that she can recall first hearing these songs and how they have inspired some part of her 60 year career in music. The album also includes some special guests, like Willie Nelson, Joan Baez and Stephen Stills. Beginning with the It's A Beautiful Day original "White Bird," the way Judy Collins performs the song feels as if it was her song to begin with, as she make each lyric feel extra special. Another classic is Collins' version of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," which actually fit in perfectly to Judy Collins repertoire when she first recorded it back in 1969. She gives more meaning to the words as she sings a cover of The Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn," and then finds the perfect partner in Willie Nelson for the duet of the folk ballad "When I Go." Next, Judy Collins harmonizes with Stephen Stills on their duet of Tom Paxton's "Last Thing On My Mind" and shows her love of the writing of Paul McCartney and The Beatles with a soaring rendition of "Blackbird." Her duet with Joan Baez on "Diamonds & Rust" sounds like two patriarchs of folk music movement sharing their love and appreciation for each other. The album finishes with her signature stark, emotional version of "Send In The Clowns." To find out more about Judy Collins new release "White Bird: Anthology of Favorites," please visit cleorecs.com.

Another songstress, Mary Wilson recently had her 1979 debut solo album reissued with bonus tracks through UMe. The original Motown release has been doubled in size, from its seven-song line-up to fifteen tracks, featuring a trio of versions of her hit single "Red Hot," along with songs from her sessions with producer Gus Dudgeon. This is the digital debut of this release, to co-inside with the untimely passing of Mary Wilson, who was also one of the founding members of the iconic girl group, The Supremes. The album was heavily into the disco movement, which was coming to a close at the end of the seventies and affected the commercial success of the singles released. Three of the new bonus tracks center around the single "Red Hot," which was expanded to a seven-minute disc remix and an alternate funky B-side version. The Gus Dudgeon session features four tracks that were being prepped for Wilson's follow-up album, which would not happen until 1992. These three of the four songs ("Love Talk," "Save Me," "Green River") have never been previously released and show that Mary Wilson was ready to deliver another soulful album filled with emotional ballads and energetic club hits. This new expanded edition closes with the previously unreleased track "Why Can't We All Get Along," as Wilson expressed her feelings on the political unrest of this country, which still resonates in today's world. To find out more about this new expanded edition of Mary Wilson's self-titled debut solo album, please visit marywilson.com.

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