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Early Morning Blues and Greens


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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B002FN8ZAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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11 tracks, original issue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. LaTorre on January 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I came across this album for the first time in the sixties, it was a genuine surprise to find such a talented, articulate songwriter coming out of the LA music machinery. The songs are haunting and insightful, the melodies unforgettable even over the space of forty years. The pity is that this is her one and only album. Did she really have only eleven songs in her?

No matter. Eleven was enough, because genius is a matter of quality, not quantity. Since this album was so clumsily marketed, we'll never know if her career arc could have matched Joni Mitchell's or Carole King's. (In fact, one wonders if it was really marketed at all ... I found it in a record bin at a college bookstore and bought it sound unheard because I liked the cover.) I'm delighted that this album is again available, for people to discover all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Swift on October 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Diane Hildebrand co-wrote some goofy songs for the Monkees, such as "Your Auntie Grizelda." Hearing her only album is like making friends with the class cut-up and learning she was really, to quote one song, "a frightened child." The opening line is "It's 5:25 in the morning" and as the LP title also suggests, the whole album has a kind of late-night/early-morning feeling about it. ("Early Morning Blues and Greens" was also done by the Monkees but Hildebrand's version is much better.) While Hildebrand wrote 6 songs and co-wrote 5 with 4 other songwriters, all men, the lyrics tend to be from a woman's perspective, such as "Reincarnation of Emmalina Stearns", about a mother who leaves her family, and "Thumbin'", about a girl hitch-hiker. (Trivia note: "Thumbin'" was co-written with Jim Horn, who played piccolo on Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown" and flute on Canned Heat's "Goin' Up the Country".) Another highlight is "From Rea Who Died Last Summer", a memorial tribute that manages to avoid cliches. This LP has been compared with Stone Poneys-era Linda Ronstadt but Hildebrand comes off as more genuine and talented, even if she would never end up selling as many records as the more media-friendly Ronstadt. Her small, exquisite voice is a perfect match for the sensitive lyrics, while diverse instrumentation including keyboards, horns, banjo, harmonica, harpsichord, and autoharp adds a tasteful background that never gets cluttered. EMBAG always puts me in a good mood. Annotator Rich Unterberger interviewed her bass player for the liner notes, but apparently she couldn't be found. I wonder where she is now and why she never made another album--this one's a one-of-a-kind classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolland B. Heiss on November 3, 2009
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This album contains at least three songs I can't do without. My favorite track is "From Rea who died last summer". That song moves me more than words can describe. Buy the CD if only for that one. The other two are "There's a coming together" and "And it was good". If I were on a desert island all alone but had a way to listen to music these three songs would have to be there with me. I'd never part with this album because of those songs. I've found that I need them. That's just the way it is in this house with this guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie on February 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
There was a certain movement during the late sixties, which incorporated country with rock, pop and folk. While her vocals aren't particularly strong, she does demonstrate an amazing talent for songwriting. The arrangements are very low-key, bass-driven, and slow-going. Even though I played this CD repeatedly all day, I can't remember much of the songs except for "Early Morning Blues and Greens." Her version is pleasing to listen to. But not as infectious as the Monkees pop version. But I suppose that is to be expected. Pop grabs you, whereas Hildebrand's country-rock-folk is lilting and fades away with the breeze. A great 60s album. Would work well in a period soundtrack.
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I purchased the CD simply because the vinyl record is scratchy and tired (well...also because I like to play it in the car; good road music). I've always liked the album and wished she made more. Artists like Hildebrand are what the 60's music scene was really all about.
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