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Bohemian

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Collins, who was called "one of the greatest interpreters of modern times" by Mojo, unveils Bohemian (Wildflower), the 2011 album inspired by her recollections of the southern California scene of the 1960s. The release is another addition to her ever-growing catalog of over 40 albums and features four original songs, special guests, and music by Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb, among others.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wildflower
  • ASIN: B005HI7NGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bruce A. Potts on November 8, 2011
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The timeless, ageless Judy Collins is back with another stunning album that showcases both her astounding vocal range and her impeccable songwriting and choice of material. The CD opens with the atmospheric, mysterious "Morocco", a song Collins wrote herself with a haunting melody and exquisite lyric, Collins' soaring voice backed by the vocal group Olabelle.

Next is a superb treatment with Shawn Colvin as a duet partner on Joni Mitchell's beautiful "Cactus Tree". "Pure Imagination" is a dazzling rendition of a song from the Willie Wonka movie, originally sung by Gene Wilder. For my money, Collins' voice has always bested Barbra Streisand's and I can't imagine Streisand even doing it this beautifully. It is truly that good!

Also included on the CD is a wonderful, newly recorded studio version, with a slightly different opening and closing than the live version, of "Wings of Angels" which Collins has performed in concert for years. Collins wrote it for her late son Clark who, sadly, committed suicide in the early '90s. Here it packs an even greater punch and Collins' phrasing makes it come alive yet again.

Collins and Wildflower Records label mate Kenny White team up for what is my favorite non Collins' penned song, Michael Veitch's heartfelt, elegiac tune "Veterans Day". It is enchanting and a great tribute to fallen soldiers, ranking among Collins' best interpreations.

Collins has a long history with the writer Jacques Brel, having recorded his songs "Sons Of", "La Colombe", and "Marieke" on her previous CDs "Whales and Nightingales", "Running For My Life", and "In My Life". Her new recording of Brel's "The Desperate Ones" is sung with wistful restraint and is a delight.
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Judy Collins, now over the age of 70, just keeps singing and writing beautiful songs. On her latest CD, she includes four new songs: "Morocco," "Wings of Angels," "In The Twilight," and "Big Sur." She has also recorded "Cactus Tree" by Joni Mitchell, "Pastures of Plenty" by Woody Guthrie, "Campo de Encino" by Jimmy Webb, " Pure Imagination" by Leslie Brieusse and Anthony Newly, "Veterans' Day" by Michael Neitch, "The Desperate Ones" by Jacques Brel. Ms. Collins has also included the traditional "All The Pretty Horses."

While the other songs are quite lovely-- I particularly liked "Pastures of Plenty," "Big Sur" and "Cactus Tree"-- "In The Twilight" is the one. A tribute to Ms. Collins' mother Marjorie, who passed away in 2010, this song is one that gives you a catch-in-your throat moment. It is every bit as good as her tribute to her father, "My Father," that Ms. Collins wrote so long ago and included on what I think is her best album "Who Knows Where The Time Goes." Her mom is obviously "in the twilight" of her years, sleeps a lot, longs for home, voted for Obama and "she was married to a blind man who was my father." It is altogether fitting that there is a cello chamber orchestra that accompanies Collins' otherworldly voice on this heartbreaking song.

Shawn Colvin and Ms. Collins do beautiful close harmony on "Cactus Tree"; Kenny White sings on "Veteran's Day." The arrangements have a lot of piano-- often Ms. Collins is playing-- and cello, an effective touch; and unlike too many recordings I've listened to of late, the orchestration does not drown out the singer.

The refrain in "In The Twilight" is that "she's a lady," is an apt description of Judy Collins as well.

I wish this CD included the words to the songs. On the other hand, the type would have been so small as to have been practically impossible to read, particularly if the producers used white type on a black background.
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I have been listening to Judy Collins , and attending her performances, since the mid 1960s and can honestly say that "Bohemian" may be her finest release ever. "Portrait of an American Girl" and "Paradise" were stellar, but "Bohemian" simply goes a step further. As many have observed, Judy Collins just keeps getting better and better.
"Morocco," as other reviewers have written, is unlike anything else she's written or recorded--and yet quintessentially Judy Collins. It somehow reminds me of Paul Bowles in Tangier, and the atmosphere of "Under Sheltering Skies"--or of Kerouac's and Burroughs' visit there. At any rate, it has a haunting quality that one carries around in one's head all day, only to have this melody challenged by those from other tracks on the album.
I showed Joni Mitchell's 1960s rendering of "Cactus Tree" from Youtube when I was teaching Henry James's "Portrait of a Lady" (and discussing Isabel Archer) at Kyoto University in Japan, and I only wish I had had Judy Collins and Shawn Colvin's rendition to play at the time--it's stunning. Their harmonies are beautiful and make Joni's best song ever come alive yet again (though I did love "That Song about the Midway" on "Portrait"). As for the third song on the present CD, Judy performed "Pure Imagination," in Stratford, Ontario, this past summer, and at that time it struck me as representing her charming New York persona, belonging to the "Send in the Clowns" side of her repertoire. With Russ Walden's consummate accompaniment, it's pure joy as well, in a completely different way from anything else on "Bohemian."
Everything on this release is pure pleasure, but nothing touches the last two songs, both written by Judy Collins.
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