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Judy Henske Live

4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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On this live LP, Henske, as she would throughout most of her career, eludes easy categorization. There's barrelhouse blues with a touch of Broadway belting, there's Dixielandish jazz, there are folk standards, and there's plenty of standup comedy between the songs. The husky, almost raunchy voice makes most of this worth hearing; one is tempted to describe her as one of the great White blues singers, except that there's a theatrical quality to much of her delivery that originates from pop traditions. She's at her best when she eschews the jivey jazz for a more straight folk-blues approach (on "Wade in the Water," "I Know You Rider," and "Love Henry"). ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0000631QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There was a kind of whimsical humor that was popular in the 60s that is doubtless lost on today's edgier, more jaded crowd. That's certainly even more the case when,as occurs on Judy Henske's 1963 debut, some of the gags refer to television commercials of the day ("Mother, please, I'd rather do it myself," and "Can't you keep Billy's bicycle out of the driveway," both tips of the hat to Anacin commercials of the era). Judy Henske's intros are probably in a class by themselves, and many fans who had the vinyl album--as well as a number of new fans, I hope--will find themselves charmed by such off-the-wall remarks as "This next song dates back to the Appalachian Mountains" (sounds ALMOST logical, right?) or "And now, a special treat--ANOTHER song!"
Of course, if the singing and playing didn't hold up, no amount of wit and whimsy would sustain this album. Fortunately, Judy Henske was also in a class by herself when it came to tearing through a Bessie Smith blues number with startling power and conviction(and this years before Janis Joplin and Tracy Nelson would emerge on the scene) or giving her own unique take on old English or Appalachian folk ballad. She was the un-Baez of her era, proving that you didn't have to be demure and lady-like to have a career in folk music.
Or did you? Sadly, Henske made only one other record for Elektra, which was then one of the premiere folk labels, and then bounced around a bit between Mercury and Reprise, and ultimately making producing some joint efforts with then husband Jerry Yester for Frank Zappa's Straight label. All her efforts are worth hearing and most well worth trying to dig up, but it would not be inaccurate to say that her early promise was never fully realized, at least commercially.
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If you haven't heard Judy Henske what she does is pretty much beyond explanation. If you have heard her - you don't need any explanation.
Through fire and flood and the other calamities of life I've managed to preserve or replace about a dozen of my favourite lps from the early 60s -- This one and "High Flyin' Bird", Judy Henske's second album are among that dozen. She is the only living person who can compete with Bessy Smith on "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out" - unfortunately that cut is on another album which didn't survive.
Some of the comedy on the album gets old fairly fast. For many years I've listened to a tape I made of it, which cut out the comedy -- it was pretty good but after a few hundred hearings you can live without it.
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I heard Judy Henske in a live performance at Western Washington State College in the mid-1960s. I had already been listening to this album for over a year and was in absolute bliss as I sat there watching and listening to her sing, tell short stories, and give one of the very best performances I have ever attended. This album remains my favorite. It is live, it is fun, and it is just downright real. Sit back and enjoy an amazingly unique singer.
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Love Judy. I gave it five stars but I must say I was not a fan to the songs on the end of the album. Glad they're all lumped together so I can just start it over when I get to the ones I don't care for.
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A classic album from one of America's great unheralded singers. If you haven't heard Judy Henske, check it out. Either you'll love her immediately or you won't. I fall into the former camp, as do most of my friends.
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By J. Carey on February 25, 2013
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Judy was truly one of a kind, tall, beautiful, frenetic, funny, witty, smart and one heck of a good singer. Too see her live was amazing and this is probably the closest most of us can get. Her off the cuff remarks throughout the show make this a special album alone and most of the songs are really good and well done. Even though I almost wore out the old LP back in the day I still love to listen to it and when I found this CD online I knew I had to add it to the collection. If you were into folk music, if you like great singing, if humor is your thing then you will find this to be a real gem and something to enjoy forever.
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When you hear this work and you realize that she was considered to be the Queen of the Beats, you'll understand why. What a voice! This is far and away her best album. If I'm wrong about that somebody should let me know.
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