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Heart Food (180 Gram Vinyl)

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Judee Sill's 2nd and final LP features a supporting cast of top L.A. studio musicians. The LP solidifies Sill's unique brand country-flavored pop. 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

1. There's a Rugged Road
2. The Kiss
3. The Pearl
4. Down Where the Valley's Are Low
5. The Vigilante
6. Soldier of the Heart
7. The Phoenix
8. When the Bridegroom Comes
9. The Donor

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  • Vinyl (September 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4 Men With Beards
  • ASIN: B00030535Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on May 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...in all its glory, with every ounce of pain, joy, inspiration, struggle, love and anger - that's what Judee Sill has given us. The story of her life contains elements that are all too common in the world of music - and in the larger one as well. A rebellious child of the 60s, Judee defined `tumultuous' - marriage at a young age, time spent in reform school on an armed robbery conviction, addiction to heroin, prostitution to support her habit. Through all of this, and beyond, into the rest of her adult life, she showed an uncompromising strength of spirit that gave her the courage and ability to carry on. She kicked heroin cold turkey in jail - and she found personal meaning in a facet of faith that resonated within her, which surged into her music and conveyed a refreshing and uplifting combination of innocence and certainty pushed ever forward with a yearning for growth without end. It made her one of the greatest and most purely honest of the huge crop of singer-songwriters that filled the bins in the music stores in that era - and it has endowed her art with an edge that makes it as relevant today as when the album was first released, back in 1973.
The spiritual images in Judee's songs spring from her interest and immersion in the more mystical forms of Christian study. The notes in the accompanying booklet mention the Rosicrucian Order - I can see and hear references to elements of the Gnostic Gospels as well. Her religious beliefs were forged from a wide range of sources - she took from each one as it spoke to her, and she made them her own, which is as it should be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Horan on April 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Heart Food is one of only two albums ever recorded by the mysterious Judee Sill, the erudite scion of a wealthy Hollywood family who ended up a penniless heroin addict. Despite the tragic sordidness of her life, Sill's ingenious lyrics are intensely devotional and cryptic, like poetic messages from the contemporary sibyl of some heretical Christian sect. Her vocal range is astonishing and her pitch is perfect. It's like listening to the voice of some lost, wandering saint.
The songs themselves are lushly arranged folk tunes with a strong country influence. Sill characterized her style as Country Cult Baroque, and that's as useful a label as any I can think of. The overall effect is intensely honest and moving.
This album was out of print for years, but Rhinohandmade has now produced a very limited number of definitive reissues, featuring an unreleased song and a set of haunting demos of Sill singing alone accompanied only by her piano or guitar.
If you have a taste for Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Scott Walker, or Kate Bush, this record really will feed your heart.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on January 4, 2006
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This is a landmark album, happily re-released in 2005 with insightful and poetic liner notes from XTC's Andy Partridge. It's easy to see why David Geffin went with Judee as his first Asylum records release way back when: this has a strong "Ladies of the Canyon" feel to it, and sums up everything he was trying to do with that label when he first started it.

It's hard to pick favorites here, every song is a standout -- the opener is a religious ode as fervent and beautiful as I've ever heard; "The Kiss" should be played at every cool wedding or by anyone deeply in love or once touched thereby; and "Soldier of the Heart" is the hit song that never was.

I could go on, but the music here is hard to describe and must be heard, carefully, to understand. It shares the multi-tracking vocal and harmonic style of early to mid-period Joni, and Judee's voice has echoes of both her and "Hotcakes" era Carly Simon, yet the music is organic, unique, utterly real, and ethereal. The arrangements rival Brian Wilson in their complexity and beauty, but are very feminine, warm, and enveloping, with strong religious overtones. It's a high point for the possibilities of the pop album, and should be gobbled up quick before it goes away again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DDC on April 9, 2006
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I bought "Heart Food" while in high school when the record was still being played on college stations. The only song they played back then was "The Doner," which I loved immediately (as did the DJs on the station). I had to have my aunt pick it up for me, because I didn't have a car yet. At the record store, she said she looked for it but finally had to ask for help, because she couldn't find it out in the bins. My aunt was very suspicious - for some reason they kept them behind the counter. Go figure.

Out of the blue a couple of years ago, I decided to pull out my old LP, and was blown away all over again, crackles and all, thirty-odd years later. I did some Googling and found several sites devoted to her and her music. It seemed that lots of people were getting blown away all over again. One mentioned the Rhino Handmade re-release coming up, so I waited and bought one as soon as I could. I think this was a short run of 2500 copies or so. I'm glad to hear it's been "re-re-released."

I recommend her first album, "Judee Sill", though "Heart Food is probably the best introduction to Judee Sill's music, I think. The "lost" album, "Dreams Come True," is okay, with a few knockout songs, but I wouldn't recommend starting there. "Judee Sill" took a few plays to get its hooks into me. Now it's right up there in my mind with "Heart Food."
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