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Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins


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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wildflower
  • ASIN: B0018K6QSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Secret Gardens
2. Easy Times
3. Fisherman's Song
4. Albatross
5. Fortune of Soldiers
6. Song for Martin
7. Since You've Asked
8. My Father
9. Born to the Breed
10. Trust Your Heart
11. Fallow Way
12. Weaver Song (Holly's Song)
13. Song for Sarajevo
14. Che
15. Since You've Asked

Editorial Reviews

Born To The Breed is an all-star tribute to one of the leading lights of the folk music movement, Judy Collins, and is released through her own independent record label Wildflower Records. The idea for Breed came from a casual compliment Collins received from another iconic female singer. "It started because Chrissie Hynde said to me, 'You know, one of my top 10 favourite songs is 'My Father.' And I thought, 'Why don't I get her to record that?'" says Collins. Other singers contributing to the project include Joan Baez, Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Hynde, Dar Williams, Jimmy Webb, Shawn Colvin, Leonard Cohen, Arlo Guthrie, Amy Speace, The Webb Sisters and Puressence's James Mudriczki .

Customer Reviews

This album is a wonderful tribute to Judy Collins' underappreciated career as a song writer.
San Diego Heel
Joan Baez, Ms. Colvin, Dolly Parton, Dar Williams, and Ms. Hyde and the haunting, Trust Your Heart sung by Bernadette Peters are perfect matches.
D. Poulakos
Unlike most tribute albums, this one is pretty good overall -- chalk that up to the quality of the songs.
David A. Grant

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Heel on October 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is a wonderful tribute to Judy Collins' underappreciated career as a song writer. All of Ms Collins hits have been written by others -- Both Sides Now, Someday Soon, Amazing Grace. But she has a wonderful catalog of her own songs. This album contains her own songs covered and interpreted by other artists.

Ms Collins's songs tend to be rather melancholy and poetic. In the original recordings, she frequently accompanies herself on the piano with highly romantic sweeping arpeggioes that keep the song in a constant fluid and floral motion. Rufus Wainwright's cover of the dreamlike "Albatross" maintains this arrangement. But many of the songs have been stripped of their original romanticism down to more austere roots: Shawn Colvin's version of "Secret Gardens," Dar Williams on "Weaver Song (Song for Holly Ann)" and Chrissie Hydne's version of "My Father." These new arrangements all work beautifully and let long time fans hear the songs freshly.

With the range of artists here, the songs get a range of treatments from classic folk to country (a fun take on "Fisherman's Song" by Dolly Parton) to Broadway (a warbling Bernadette Peters on "Trust Your Heart") to a surprising techno-dance take on "Che" that actually works.

With the range of styles, every listener will find things they love and things that just don't quite work for them.

Overall, however, this is a really strong collection of songs and arrangements. With live musicians, the songs all have a real freshness to them and haven't been overproduced (the techno infused "Che" being the one exception).

I've been a big fan of Judy Collins for a long time. I adore her stuff from the 70's and 80's.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on October 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
There are some wonderful interpretations of original Judy Collins songs by very well known artists, most notably Chrissie Hynde on "My Father," the unexpected and truly gorgeous "Trust Your Heart," warbled by Bernadette Peters, and a dream come true, Baez doing my all-time favorite Collins song, "Since You've Asked." None other than Jimmy Webb himself croons "The Fallow Way," to roughly elegant effect. The younger generations offer their takes on Judy, too. Rufus Wainwright does a knockout quasi-classical rendition of "Albatross," and while staying faithful to the Collins arrangement, he manages to make it his own. Dar Williams, once mentored by Baez, has grown into a unique, contemporary folk artist, as has Shawn Colvin. Colvin's "Secret Gardens" felt rushed to me, but then I was comparing it to Judy's own version, surely one of her own finest recorded moments, to be fair I listened a few times; after a while Shawn's subtle and quicker version is growing on me. The little-known songs "Easy Times" and "Weaver Song (Holly's Song)," done by Jim Lauderdale and Dar Williams, respectively, are also highlights of this recording. Dolly Parton throws her hat into the ring with a spirited version of "Fisherman's Song," and Leonard Cohen himself shows up to recite a reprise of "Since You've Asked.

But the Judy cover that impressed me the most was not by a super famous act: that's "Fortune Of Soldiers," by The Webb Sisters, whom I think topped the Collins original (the only song representing the FIRES OF EDEN album). The unusual version of "Che" by James Mudriczki also deserves special note. I wonder how popular it will be with some Judy Collins and/or folk fans, but I like this one a lot. It is the one entry that truly took a risk.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Poulakos on October 25, 2008
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I must say upon purchasing this cd, i didn't know what to expect. However, each of the songs on here are a great tribute to Judy Collins long under rated career as an interpreter and songwriter. I believe each artist was paired well with each song. All songs stand well on their own and have been updated to the current folk style. Joan Baez, Ms. Colvin, Dolly Parton, Dar Williams, and Ms. Hyde and the haunting, Trust Your Heart sung by Bernadette Peters are perfect matches. However, i was quite surprised at the very innovative take on Che. My opinoin it is a cross between the techno style that one would hear in a club. Although, my die-hard traditional folkies might frown at the CHE song, i believe it is a A GREAT UNIQUE INTERPRETATION to a great song from her True Stories CD. I GIVE THIS CD A 5 STAR BASED ON THE UNIQUENESS OF THIS SONG.The closure of Leonard Cohen reciting Since You Asked as a Spoken song, was a great innovative closure to a wonderful set. The only drawback is that i would have liked to see maybe Ms Collins and Ms. Baez do a duet on this cd. A couple of songs ignored from the 1980's (Shoot First--from Home Again) and from the 1990's (The Blizzard or Home Before Dark) from the Fires of Eden cd were ignored. I wonder why?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Movielovr777 on November 25, 2008
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This is a splendid compilation of Collins' songs, sung by some of the most evocative singer/songwriters of any generation. It shines with all the love, joy, ache and vivid imagery of Judy's best storytelling. Somehow, hearing these song/stories sung by other voices reminds us of the universality that Collins brings to her finely crafted poetry.

With the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Baez, Dar Williams and Dolly Parton on hand to sing these songs, bringing them to life and illuminating the slices of life they contain, you might think of this as a 'woman's collection' of music---but then you hear the pure, aching depth of feeling that Jim Lauderdale and Rufus Wainwright bring to the songs they sing, and you're struck by how easily Judy's music crosses the lines of gender and experience.

And just when I thought that the songs here could be no more sublime, Kenny White brings a quiet elegance to 'Song for Martin' and Leonard Cohen does a simple lyric reading of 'Since You've Asked' that puts the fine point on just what a true poet Collins is.

And thankfully, unlike so many 'Tribute' CD's of some artists' music---like Joni Mitchell, et al---that gets reinterpreted, reworked and re-invented by other artists, this collection feels like a perfectly respectful balance of Judy's intent with her songs and the new perspective and talents of the artists who make them their own.

Enjoy this wonderful collection of Judy's songs sung by singers and friends that truly understand the meaning she weaves into her poetry and melodies!
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