Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins
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Wildflower Records now releases, BORN TO THE BREED - a TRIBUTE TO JUDY COLLINS, which features Judy's own writing and poetry recorded by artists such as Chrissie Hynde, Joan Baez, Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Jim Lauderdale, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy Webb and others.
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With the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Baez, Dar Williams and Dolly Parton on hand to sing these songs, bringing them to life and illuminating the slices of life they contain, you might think of this as a 'woman's collection' of music---but then you hear the pure, aching depth of feeling that Jim Lauderdale and Rufus Wainwright bring to the songs they sing, and you're struck by how easily Judy's music crosses the lines of gender and experience.
And just when I thought that the songs here could be no more sublime, Kenny White brings a quiet elegance to 'Song for Martin' and Leonard Cohen does a simple lyric reading of 'Since You've Asked' that puts the fine point on just what a true poet Collins is.
And thankfully, unlike so many 'Tribute' CD's of some artists' music---like Joni Mitchell, et al---that gets reinterpreted, reworked and re-invented by other artists, this collection feels like a perfectly respectful balance of Judy's intent with her songs and the new perspective and talents of the artists who make them their own.
Enjoy this wonderful collection of Judy's songs sung by singers and friends that truly understand the meaning she weaves into her poetry and melodies!
You've got a variety of takes on what was originally folk music. Dolly Parton gives an upbeat country flair to "Fisherman." The techno-vibe on "Che" by James Mudriczki is very different while Shawn Colvin's cover of "Secret Garden" reminds me a lot of Judy's own.
There isn't a bad song in the bunch. The production values are excellent and the artists chosen for the covers are all good. This CD is well worth the price for fans of Judy Collins' work and others who enjoy folk music.
Rebecca Kyle, October 2008