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The collection of songs selected for Collins' latest project reinforces her lifelong commitment to quality songwriting and worldwide reputation as one of the finest interpretative singers in any genre. Paradise is a collection of songs with universal themes, desires, and cries of a human being searching for paradise here on earth. There are 10 heartfelt songs with tales to tell about finding love, losing love, personal freedom and redemption. Collins teams up with the legendary Joan Baez and Stephen Stills on two tracks.

1. Once I Was
2. Ghost Riders In The Sky
3. Dens of Yarrow
4. Weight of the World
5. Emilio
6. Last Thing On My Mind (duet with Stephen Stills)
7. Diamonds and Rust (duet with Joan Baez)
8. Kingdom Come
9. Gauguin
10. Over the Rainbow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wildflower
  • ASIN: B003HO0R4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Foster Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
A new recording by Judy Collins is always cause for celebration. Her latest "Paradise," consisting of ten selections, is no exception. The title of the CD comes from the last cut "Gauguin" by Jimmy Webb. "I'm going to go down to Paradise." This song is one of my least favorites although it may grow on me when I listen to it more. "Dens of Yarrow" is the kind of song that Judy recorded when she first started singing. What is amazing is that you would swear that she recorded it 50 years ago and not in 2010. On that one she plays the Roland keyboard. A little of that usually goes a long way with me but her accompaniment works here. "Kingdom Come" is the only song that Ms. Collins wrote. It is a tribute to the brave firefighters and others who lost their lives on 9/11. "They will not be forgotten."

"There is nothing wrong with Judy's rendition of the famous "Over the Rainbow" except she is the wrong Judy singing it. That song will always be Ms. Garland's unless you hear the incomparable version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole which will blow you out of the Pacific Ocean. "Weight of the World" is a fine but terribly sad song about a son and brother-- his sister tells the story-- going off to a war in a desert (It was the first time I saw my father cry.) We know of course that the dad cried on at least one other occasion when the military send her brother home in the dead of winter and the flag on the hometown football field flew at half-mast. (The Dixie Chicks sing a similar song "Travelin" Soldier" on their "Home" CD.)

My three favorite selections on the CD are "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Last Thing on My Mind," and "Diamonds and Rust." Ms. Collins in "Ghost Riders" has a great backup chorus consisting of Denver Collins, Joe Hurley, Bob Neuwirth, Tom Paxton, Paul Rolnick and Jimmy Webb.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Magic on June 30, 2010
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To those (like me) that have been eargerly awaiting this Collins release you won't be disappointed! Ms: Collins' singing seems like a wonderful red wine that only gets better as time passes by. The sound quality on the CD is so very good perhaps thanks once again to producer Alan Silverman whom Judy has worked with several times in the past. She begins this album "Paradise" with Garland's Over The Rainbow and ends with Gauguin penned by the great songwriter Jimmy Webb. This album is one of Judy's finest in years! The theme here is finding one's place in the world, hence the titled "Paradise" that is taken from some lyrics in the Webb song. Judy shines the brightest on Diamonds and Rust with Baez as they blend their Iconic voices together at times it's hard to distinguish them apart. They're also two more duets with past love Stephen Stills that is a joy! Then there is the final duet with Michael Johnson on the haunting Emilio. This is an album that one can listen to over and over and find such pleasure to contemplate their piece of paradise. This writer's only objection to this album is there is only one photo and the packaging is very poorly done. Yet, I still give it five stars! Thanks once again Judy!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pat Mahony on July 1, 2010
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First of all, I think the cover rocks - Judy is an inspiration for women the world over - we are just getting better!

Each track is it's own treasure - some will bring tears (Weight of the World , Kingdom Come , Once I Was ) - some will bring big smiles -
Diamonds & Rust (gorgeous) , Last Thing On My Mind (a real treat) and Ghost Riders (great fun- I bet you can't help but sing along)
The hauntingly beautiful Dens of Yarrow will take your breath away!

Emilio - something totally new & different - but , then , this is a Judy Collins production - Bravo! - and Thank you, Judy !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Poulakos on June 30, 2010
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As with the previous reviewers, I must say that this CD is absolutely wonderful. First, the title cut (which is hard to outdo Judy Garland's version) is absolutely superb. Ms. Collins does a wonderful job to this song. My favorite songs on this CD are Over the Rainbow, Diamonds and Rust, Ghost Rider's in the Sky, and the Last Thing on My Mind.

Second, I did enjoy the song Emilo, but I was not too impressed with the Duet. Ideally, the beginning vocalist (Michael Johnson) sounded a bit too nasal or flat. However, as the song progressed, the vocals overshadowed the marred beginning.

Trird, Diamonds and Rust with Joan Baez is well worth the price of the CD. I have been waiting for years for my two favorite artists to sing a duet. This song is a 5 star. The voices blended perfectly. What a joy! I can't get past the first two songs to fully enjoy the entire CD!

Fourth, from a historical perspective, I hope the song Kingdom Come resonates in our minds forever and future generations are able to hear the song. TEACHER'S THIS SONG IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT. Buy it and play it in your classrooms on Sept. 11th! I would love to develop a lesson on this song alone.

Lastly, as I listened to the entire album, I found myself coming to the heavenly album in 1966 titled "In My Life". Paradise, Like the In My Life album, has the political tone (Weight of the World), the traditional folk (Dens of Yarrow), and the Soundtrack (Over the Rainbow). In my life is in a class of its own and is hard to beat; but, this CD comes close. Radio stations listen up, play Over the Rainbow! It is a beautiful song to listen to in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Chicago! Buy it and i am confident you won't be disappointed.
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