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5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd see this on CD...
I've been in love with this album since I got my first original vinyl copy years ago, and this remastered CD reissue is most welcome.

Priddy was a lovely singer and actress who had some potential as a singer/songwriter: she had a pleasant voice and wrote mildly psychedelic poems, put to music on her 1969 debut album by, according to the CD's extensive booklet,...
Published on July 20, 2007 by James A. Tootle

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Do It Unless...
...If you are not seriously into the music of the period then I can't recommend this album. There must be a hundred artists and hundreds of albums ahead of this in the queue for your attention. On the other hand if you are heavily into the period or style (60s soft-psych) then this may well be an worthwhile purchase.

Its easy to see why this album didn't sell,...
Published on April 12, 2007 by William J. Walker


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd see this on CD..., July 20, 2007
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This review is from: You've Come This Way Before (Audio CD)
I've been in love with this album since I got my first original vinyl copy years ago, and this remastered CD reissue is most welcome.

Priddy was a lovely singer and actress who had some potential as a singer/songwriter: she had a pleasant voice and wrote mildly psychedelic poems, put to music on her 1969 debut album by, according to the CD's extensive booklet, some of the cream of New York's session and arranging crop (only the names Phil Ramone, Manny Albam, and John Simon are known for sure in participating on the album, and Bernard Purdie is mentioned as possibly playing drums).

Trippy production touches, funky breakbeat drums, Moog, epic orchestrations as well as stripped-down intimacy; a perfect album for fans of the 60's pop-folk-psych sound, and nearly every track has a nugget of sampleable goodness for the producers out there (true story: DJ Shadow himself happened to stroll into my record store while I was playing this, and was mighty curious about it - I was amazed he hadn't heard of it...) "Mystic Lady" is a perfect example of the ingenious arrangements: starting subdued, going through many time and tempo changes, bursting into a dense, exhilirating tag section (the "round and round" part) before breaking into a slow, soulful coda that easily rivals Dusty Springfield.

The songs are quality enough to stand on their own even without the psychy arrangements, but regardless, I'm a happy boy to get this on crystal clear CD, and many others are happy they don't have to pay $60-100 for an original vinyl copy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Do It Unless..., April 12, 2007
This review is from: You've Come This Way Before (Audio CD)
...If you are not seriously into the music of the period then I can't recommend this album. There must be a hundred artists and hundreds of albums ahead of this in the queue for your attention. On the other hand if you are heavily into the period or style (60s soft-psych) then this may well be an worthwhile purchase.

Its easy to see why this album didn't sell, the good stuff is uncommercial and the rest sounds too much like other material of its day(think Mamas and Papas with some odd moog sounds and snippets of light jazz).There is a good variety of styles on the album but some of the lyrics sound a bit 'earnest teenager' although that was fairly common at the time.
By far and away the best track is on the album "Christina's World", at over 6 minutes in lengh and quite complex in its construction and arrangement it is impressive (and of course far too long for the singles market of the era), but leaves you wishing there was more of the same.The credit though belongs to the producer rather than the artist, who describes listening to instructions on how to negotiate the complexities of the piece on her headphones while laying down her vocals.

The album also includes a couple of 'hidden' tracks which are the A+B sides of a single she recorded a couple of years later and is perhaps most interesting as being produced by Nilsson.The A side is a pleasant track but won't set the world on fire.

I did a little research before buying this album and the things that are always mentioned are her famous connections; backing vocals for Leonard Cohen,Friendships with Nilsson and Stephen Stills, celebrity daughter acting career etc.
Does any of this have a bearing on the quality of the album? I don't know.
Fans of the Free Design should find this to their liking and anyone who feels they've worked through all the available good stuff from the period should certainly consider it. I don't regret buying the album as "Christina's World" on its own just about makes it worthwhile.
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You've Come This Way Before by Nancy Priddy (Audio CD - 2005)
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