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"(An) astonishingly talented singer-actor..." -- Time Out NY

"...a big voice with a crystal clear delivery but it's her stylistic eclecticism that makes her truly matter." -- New York Magazine

"...the rare singer who can negotiate tricky folk pop lyrics...art songs...and popular standards with equal authority and insight." -- Stephen Holden, NY Times

1. Blackpath
2. Sweet Blindness
3. Stoney End
4. To A Child
5. California Shoeshine Boys
6. Stoned Soul Picnic
7. Lonely Women
8. Been On A Train
9. Mother's Spiritual
10. Lucky
11. Captain St Lucifer
12. Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp
13. Buy And Sell
14. Save The Country

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B000VBIEUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tucson Damon on December 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's no doubt this is a controversial CD/project. It seems that people come at it from two "camps" so to speak: those like myself who have known virtually nothing about Judy Kuhn but are great and long-time Laura Nyro fans, and vice versa, and that is going to color everything for us. In my personal, subjective opinion, it's virtually a given that no one can match Laura singing Laura, or even come close, but just the fact that Judy Kuhn is a very talented singer performer who loves Laura enough to record an entire CD of her music, including some very surprising and unexpected choices of material, such as Blackpatch, To A Child and Mother's Spiritual, rates very high in my book. I know I'll be giving it many more listens, and I think it's respectable. Like some other reviewers, my biggest hope, however, is that it will help give Laura's original music even a bit more exposure that is so lacking. For me it feels like there are literally generations of listeners now who would love to discover one of our era's most amazing talents (in my humble opinion!).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DVD buff on January 22, 2008
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I'm one of those rare people who is a big fan of both Laura Nyro and Judy Kuhn. I saw Judy Kuhn in CHESS on Broadway 20 years ago and have been a fan ever since, and I've been a Laura Nyro fanatic for decades.

And, usually, I feel that no one can perform Laura Nyro's songs like Laura Nyro herself. Most artists who interpret the material seem to bleed all the energy out of it.

But this CD is a rare case of a great voice singing great songs with great production. After reading some of the online reviews, I was a bit apprehensive about what I would hear when I bought this CD. There was definitely no need for me to be apprehensive -- this CD is just plain good.

Judy Kuhn has the energy and passion in her voice to carry off this sometimes tricky material. The arrangements help keep that level of energy up, which is where this album really shines.

I hesitate to give this CD five stars, though, because I don't feel it's the greatest vocal performance of Ms. Kuhn's career, nor is it the best collection of Laura Nyro songs ever assembled. But it's awfully darned good and well worth a listen for any fan of Judy Kuhn or Laura Nyro.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eileen C. Pearlman on October 21, 2007
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I agree with the previous reviewer about loving Judy Kuhn. She's really wonderful. I don't agree about the material, however. I have loved Laura Nyro for many years. I don't think anyone can do Laura, but the late, wonderful Laura. Her material is not dated, but needs to be listened to through Laura Nyro's own incredible voice. I think Judy Kuhn deserves a lot of credit for trying to keep Laura Nyro's music alive. It is so much better than a lot of music out there. Anybody who wants to hear really great music, written by a very young girl, should check out some of Laura Nyro's early recordings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2008
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Laura Nyro's music has been so much a part of my life that I wondered if I would enjoy hearing another sing her work. This is my introduction to Judy Kuhn. Judy does a great job on "Sweet Blindness" with a jazzy arrangement, giving the song a unique treatment, "A little magic, a little kindness." "To A Child" is one of my favorite Nyro songs with its obvious maternal feelings. Judy does a great job with it, "Is there hope for a mother and an elf on speed?" "California Shoeshine Boys" boogies delightfully with sass, "John can make sweet Cindy cry, but Joe can make her crawl." "Stoned Soul Picnic" boasts a rawness in Kuhn's vocals with a lovely arrangement, "And from the sky come the Lord & the lightning." Aaron Heick's sax solo on "Lonely Women" is pure ambrosia, although Kuhn's vocal vibrato is a bit distracting for me. "Mother's Spiritual" is one of the most beautiful songs for me; so I'm thrilled to hear Judy's excellent cover, "Feel this love, my brothers & sisters, feel the seasons turn; She is the mother of time; Light & darkness come to her kiss, that's where mother's spiritual lives." "Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp" is such a lovely song. I loved Leni Stern's instrumental version on the tribute CD Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro. Kuhn's version blooms. On "Buy & Sell" from Laura Nyro's The First Songs, Kuhn's version is worth it's weight in gold. She nails the lovely melody and the moody ache of Nyro's music, "Coc*ine and quiet beers, sweet candy & caramel, pass the time and dry the tears on a street called Buy & Sell." While no one will replace Laura Nyro as a singer for me, Judy Kuhn's excellent CD polishes some excellent material delightfully. Enjoy!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Mitchell on November 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I coudn't disagree more with these other reviews; perhaps that's because I saw Kuhn do this set at Lincoln Center and then three times at Joe's Pub. Judy Kuhn and Laura Nyro are the perfect match between singer and songwriter, and I'm an enormous fan of both. After Kuhn's Lincoln Center set, I had put together (of Nyro singing) the lineup of Kuhn's set. I recently went back into that playlist, and (don't throw rocks at me) but Kuhn often surpasses the originals -- especially, with Stoney End and Been On A Train. I about fell off my chair when I first heard Kuhn sing Been On A Train, and on that big note (you know, or you'll know which one when you hear it), Nyro sounds, well, kinda meager by comparison. Kuhn totally rethinks Stoney End, and it's now actually about something rather than just an on-the-beat pop/rock song.

So many other delights to be found here as well -- Blackpatch, Captain St. Lucifer, Mother's Spiritual, Lonely Women, Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp, and Buy and Sell, in particular. While Luckie doesn't begin to match Nyro's original (and Luckie was the one song which Kuhn and her crackerjack musicians had some trouble with -- that tempo change on "dig those potatoes" is a hard one....), it's perfectly respectable. I'm not super-crazy about Save The Country (save the message of it).

The vast majority of the arrangements are respectful of Nyro, and gorgeous in their own way (and I'm not a kneejerk Kuhn recording lover as the frequently bizarre arrangements on her Jule Styne/Just In Time CD just jettison that whole project). The trumpeter on Stoned Soul Picnic just nails it, and the cellist offer superb support on many tracks.
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