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Second Childhood

Phoebe SnowAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000256B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If I had one album to take to the proverbial desert island this would be it. Phoebe Snow's talent for writing, singing, and conveying deep meaning through subtle yet powerful lyrics is second to none. In my opinion, the only other writer who comes anywhere near Snow's standard on this record is Paul Simon. I first heard 'Second Childhood' on vinyl in 1976 and cannot remember ever being knocked over so quickly by a modern musical work. Repeated listenings have served to confirm that this is a truly classic album. It has never been available on CD in Australia and I have therefore taken care to preserve my vinyl copy. Phoebe's voice caresses melodies, soars and swoops with ease and great accuracy over the astonishingly wide vocal range she possesses. The musicians accompanying her play with a sensitivity and empathy rarely heard in popular music, but that's hardly surprising when you consider that the players featured on the album read like a who's who of America's finest. Artists in their own right, they bring their expertise and improvisatory abilities to the magic in this amazing work. Their joy in making music of the highest calibre sparkles and glistens through every piece. Without a doubt this is the jewel in the crown of Phoebe Snow's recorded output, which amounts to a series of patchy albums, all of which contain gems among the dross in their tracks. This is not to belittle Snow's other records, far from it, however apart from "Never Letting Go' and 'Poetry Man' her releases were inconsistent in that each one featured a few elegant and beautiful songs, but none spread the power she was so capable of across the entire musical canvas as convincingly as 'Second Childhood'. Yes folks, strong words I know, but all you have to do to test my opinion on this is listen to the album! Allow the music to transport you and you will understand my enthusiasm for Phoebe and her 'Second Childhood '.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece October 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Second Childhood is possibly Phoebe Snow's masterpiece. The songs - the self-written ones - examine every neurosis imaginable. Being frightened by children laughing in the streets, terrorised by romantic entanglements, depression, loneliness, substance abuse. There is nowhere she isn't willing to go.

Phoebe doesn't remember much of this material. If you shout out for these songs at her concerts, she's likely to say, "I can't remember it."

By the way, Phoebe isn't - as some weird reviewer alleged - a pale-skinned black woman. She's caucasian, Jewish, with very curly hair. That comment reminded me of the people who thought Janis Ian was black. No matter. It's just odd that people think that race is relevent when assessing an artist. Phoebe could be white, brown, black, red, yellow, indigo, or purple. She'd still be Phoebe Snow, and for that I'm thankful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WORLD CLASS ALBUM September 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Phoebe Snow is one of the vocal wonders of the world. Of all her albums, this -- along with her self-titled debut record -- is the one to have! A very fun, lush and funky mix of tunes. Very much a product of the Paul Simon-influenced Mid-'70's NY scene, this is a major achievement in popular music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS, I Love You... November 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
She sings a folk-like blues pop with that patented PS hinged/unhinged je ne sais quoi in her voice. She herself called her technique an inspired insanity. Simply, it's a classic voice used like a virtuoso violinist. Instantly recognisable, and yet, earthy, soulful and real. (She has done a lot of commercials, by the by). I dig her body of work overall, but this is my favorite CD/album with the great tunes "Two Fisted Love" and the jazzy "No Regrets".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowfall April 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really took the news of the loss of Phoebe Snow to heart today. I cannot think of another voice like hers.
This album, and other tunes of hers I adore, were little moments in lost days I lived, that I find this remarkably beautiful to hear again. If you had to offer a tribute to her, you might just as well put this on, close your eyes and dance to the music.
It's been years since these were penned but I don't find them dated, naive, or in some way lost to another time. I find them remarkably prescient. By far my favorite of her albums.
Sad loss of a lovely singer songwriter and a mom that had uncompromising love for her child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply her best January 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remeber my father playing the album when I was a kid. It is simply one of her best and turned me into a lifetime fan! Phoebe displays a classic smooth jazz sound and a hint or R&B with her sultry voice. 10 THUMBS UP!/A TRUE CLASSIC!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classsic Pheobe June 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A quintessncial 70's album with all the right flavorings. Pheobe's voice is unstoppable, breaking in and out of her trademark falsetto. A quiet album with hippie adornments and sensibility. Almost jazzy with bells and chimes and instrumentation you'll recall and enjoy hearing again. A wonderful time capsule that showcases one of the great voices of all time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just like it January 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't know any fancy music talk. I just know that I have listened to this album/cd since 1976 and loved it. I like to put a log in the fireplace, kick back in the ol' Lazyboy and enjoy. Thanks Phoebe!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd great service
Published 1 month ago by ned j. augustyniak
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
some great tunes on here
Published 1 month ago by Rubyjo
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic from a Classy Gifted Lady
This is a must-have collection for fans of the Late Great Phoebe Snow. I hope we never forget this genius of poetry and melody. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah A. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
Phoebe Snow has one of the smoothest voices around. I have several of her albums but think this is her best.
Published 8 months ago by Robert E. Tabler Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Outstanding Artistry- A Jewel!
A classic. A masterpiece. I LOVE all of the songs. Cash In, is one of my all-time favorites. The vocals ..the tunes. Amazing! This is music!
Published 8 months ago by Mutima Jackson-Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I loved this album so much I wore it out. This CD is a replacement for that record. Snow really has a great voice.
Published 10 months ago by C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars the absolute mistress
Amazing energy & verve. She brings boundless joy de vivre to this tune! Just love the simple happiness and sweetness of this song. RIP Phoebe.
Published 17 months ago by CyndyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like poetry to the ears!!! Love it!!!
grew up on this music, fell in love and made babies. those were the good old days, you can visit anytime you like. the seller had great timing. it came so fast. love it
Published 18 months ago by Diane Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for any occasion
Simply put this is Phoebe at her best. Top notch musicians, great lyrics (included) and Phoebe. Can it get any better?
Published 22 months ago by michael scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is the 2nd copy of this album I've owned. The first one (which was vinyl) got played to death. I think this is more of a jazz oriented than her other albums, though "Going... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chena
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