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The Changer and the Changed

Cris WilliamsonAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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"The first time I heard Cris' music, it was like hearing honey dripping on a cello... Cris has been a whole lot of women's heroes -- including mine. - Bonnie Raitt

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former ... Read more in Amazon's Cris Williamson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wolf Moon Records
  • ASIN: B000000O0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Changer and the Changed is THE album that pioneered and carried the genre known as Women s Music. One of the top selling independent albums when it was released in 1975, it maintained that distinction until the early 90's - an amazing record. These songs are the timeless standards, speaking to all as deeply today as they did when they were first heard. Cris s achievements are part of the curriculum in Women's Studies programs around the world. Her songs are sung around campfires, appear in hymnals and are covered by countless young artists of today. A recepient of many awards, including WUMB Radio's 'Top Folk Albums of the Millenium.' As Bonnie Raitt said so clearly, 'Cris has been a lot of women s hero, including mine.'

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A roommate's girlfriend left the album in our apartment in 1980; listened once, liked it, six years later I was sleepless at night with flu and ear infection, listening to womens' radio show in Portland, Or, on Walkman, heard "The Song of The Soul" and swear that my fever broke and ear healed within the hour. I don't compare Cris Williamson to other folkies or "womens' musicians;" rather to Johannes Brahms, Felix and Fanny Mendelsohn, and late-period Beethoven short works. This is what they call "absolute music," beyond categorization. There are not enough stars in this rating system for it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soul inspiring and spiritually uplifting May 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD when you need a lift. "Waterfall" insires you to go on during bad times. "Song of the Soul" is a joyous celebration of life. "Hurts like the Devil", "Wild Things", and "Shooting Star" speak of love lost and found. You need to experience this album to appreciate the depth of emotion it has to offer
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! November 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A friend of mine recommended Cris Williamson and played Waterfall for me. I remembered the song vaguely from college and when I picked up the album I was hooked. But my true appreciation for this album was at a major turning point in my life while waiting for surgery in Vibraham hospital in Bangkok Thailand. I listened to to the songs that had become, by that time, old friends, but they took on new meaning. Song of the Soul just perfectly expressed so much about the world. It led me to such acceptance of myself and forgiveness for others. In the middle of Dream Child the nurses arrived to take me for my SRS. Everything turned out wonderfully, but that morning changed me so much in how I look at the world. I still can't listen to the album without the same profound thoughts coming to my mind. I'm deeply indebted.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF more stars were available...100+ might do it! October 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Cris is the "gift" to music. She shares her heart and soul in vocal stylings that are easy on the ears, touching to the heart, and life affirming. If you have no other woman's albums...start will be ordering all of her albums, none of which deviate from the superb quiality of this album. Cris is undoubtedly the finest musician never palyed on "pop" radio...if they only knew what they are missing!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome! December 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Chris Williamson's music/women's music appoximately 12 years ago at a retreat and fell in love with it almost instantly. I had never heard any music classified as "women's" prior to that. Chris sings with such feeling...she is truly an inspiration.
I have owned the cassette for approximately 12 years and like it so much I plan to purchase a CD of it. I can honestly say I really like all, but one of the songs.
"Wildthings" is out of this world! My nieces and nephews like it too. They sing along...even the nephew that acts like Mr. Cool! When the tape is over, my nieces ask me to play it again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music and lyrics all the way June 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had this album in the 80's given to me by a male friend, my daughters loved it and we learnt the words to the songs,recently we began to yearn to hear it again and have been persuing it.
The songs are classic, some will be inspired by their feminist nature but all should be impressed by the lyrics and the emotion in the music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Wonderful Experience November 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this music in 1981 and I go back to it every few years because it is some of the most uplifting modern music I have ever heard. Supposedly this is womans music, and I gather it is a milestone in that way, but that is why I find that kind of labeling so limiting. This music is for anyone who has lived, loved and lost and needs a reminder of how wonderful life and loving really are.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest voices of this generation. March 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
when I first heard this album in 1977, I couldn't stop playing it, and soon my dorm room was full of other listeners, who grew to be huge Cris Williamson fans. Still today C and the C remains my favorite album of all time. Cris' voice is so beautiful,and the poetry on this album is some of her finest. Contemporary singers could learn so much from this recording......the simplicity and the integrity, and the musicianship.
I highly recommend Changer and the Changed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Women Only
Women's music has been defined as music by, for, and about women. This is false. For instance, Pete Seeger was very much involved in the women's music scene. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dion Berlowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
A groundbreaking work from a nice woman from South Dakota. Not too shabby as a country singer, either! Waterfall was a Dance Free staple for a long time.
Published 4 months ago by JD Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music.
Cris and Meg Christian were a huge influence on lesbian music and these songs are beautiful and meaningful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Casey Dodge
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Such a classic and so powerful. Chris is one of the best and I never tire of the title song....very positive and uplifting!
Published 8 months ago by Josago
5.0 out of 5 stars had this and lost it
I absolutely love cris's music and this includes the best of the best. Will enjoy this for some time to come.
Published 10 months ago by Catherine Laurin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sweet Magic
I purchased this album when it was first released on vinyl in the 70's. As my review title states, The Changer and The Changed was and still is pure sweet magic. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kennalea B. Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars My five-star rating is not really objective.
This is an album from my past that evokes a lot of memories. I don't know if the music is great or good but it is very nostalgic of a certain period when I was doing est and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Constance Ericson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I used to listen to Cris when I was younger so was thrilled to find this cd. I have really enjoyed listening to it!
Published 17 months ago by Nancy Record
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I love this C.D.... every single track. Chris Williamson is a powerful songwriter with a fabulous voice and a lot of soul
Published 21 months ago by lorraine holzgreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Women must have
My mother listened to this record when I was a child and after much searching I found it! And it was as heart-warming and soulful as I remember from back then! Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Lacy Taylor
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