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In My Own Time Original recording remastered

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Deluxe remastered edition of this album from cult folk artist Karen Dalton. Recorded over a six month period in 1970/71 at Bearsville, In My Own Time was Dalton's only fully planned and realized studio album. The material was carefully selected and crafted for her by producer/musician Harvey Brooks, the Renaissance man of rock-jazz who played bass on Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and Miles' Bitches Brew. It features ten songs that reflected Dalton's incredible ability to break just about anybody's heart - from her spectral evocation of Joe Tate's One Night of Love, to the dark tragedy of the traditional Katie Cruel. Known as a great interpreter of choice material, Dalton could master both country and soul genres with hauntingly pining covers of George Jones' Take Me and Holland-Dozier Holland's How Sweet It Is. Also available on LP.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B000IHY146
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Karen Dalton's second and final album, "In My Own Time," has finally been released on November 7th, 2006--35 years after it was cut on vinyl. Once you listen to it, you'll understand why this is an outrage.

Simply put, Dalton has one of the most complex, emotive voices I've ever heard. It's something about the way it comes out of her--the listener can hear at least three different timbres in Dalton's voice: from the whispered, muffled breath that gives the singer her inimitable languid time, to the aching, trebly brunt of her sound to a more hidden harmonic resonance that lingers behind every word, Dalton has one of the most unique styles I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

The song choice is excellent--her unique way of singing, timing and phrasing completely transforms familiar tunes like "When a Man Loves a Woman" and Richard Manuel's "In A Station," and "How Sweet it Is" giving them entirely new meanings and making them Dalton's own. Every song is completely enchanting, and even though the chord structures and instrumentation are familiar, Dalton takes the music to a completely different place.

The backing instrumentation is great--Dylan's early bassist is along for the ride, the electric guitar is fluid, lively and interesting in its own right, and Dalton's banjo brings some cuts a dark, country feel, adding to the album's stylistic diversity.

This album is recommended for fans of folk, blues and jazz (yes, Dalton has been compared to Holliday, but she's in a register all her own), and anyone who appreciates a unique voice.
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Please forgive the nay-saying, because I absolutely love Karen Dalton. I don't blame her for this misconceived effort, because it's clear that there was a production decision to give her the full Woodstock/LA 1970s pop funkmeister treatment. But one size most certainly does not fit all. The slick production doesn't work with her otherworldly voice. The production has a trivializing effect that taints about 3/4 of the tracks here, against which the sparser tracks like "Katie Cruel" and "Same Old Man" shine in comparison.

I don't think it's just hindsight that indicts this production; Joe Boyd produced records in the same era that (a) did the artists real justice, and (b) still hold up today. Sorry Harvey, but I wish we could have seen what Joe Boyd would do with Karen Dalton.

If you like Karen Dalton, go with her first album, "It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best." Or cherry-pick the best cuts from this one and leave the desecration of "How Sweet It Is" for James Taylor.
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Karen Dalton's voice seems to have a strong affect on it's listener weather like me you love it or hate it one thing is for sure Karen will make you feel something. There is little knowing about her private life, in fact she only recorded two albums this been her second. For me there are three real stand outs "Something On Your Mind" "Katie Cruel" and "Same Old Man" I've a strong dislike for her version of "When A Man Loves A Woman" I'm surprised it even made it's way on to this record. Overall I really enjoyed this c.d. it's well worth checking out. What I feel so very sad about is how the song "Katie Cruel" could have been worth about her life. She truly was a jewel
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I took a gamble and got this album on the strengh of the rave reviews and favourable comparisons to other acts I like. The artist is also recommended by one B.Dylan, a certain N.Cave and others. I have to say I am always wary of artist endorsements since I feel they will often be looking at some quality in the music as it relates to their own or may be just know the person.

My initial reaction as the first track hit me was WOW the gamble paid off, very different voice and a wonderul delivery, almost cracking with emotion on each note, one of the most amazing performances I've heard in quite some time.Unfortunately I would have to say only a few other tracks match it.

It perhaps isn't made clear elsewhere that there is no self-penned material on the album so track selection is crucial.Her voice doesn't suit all the songs chosen and the comparisons to Billy Holiday, whilst I can see certain similarities, are a little over-done.

This is NOT a slating;I do not regret buying the album as the best songs are well worth the purchase price, just don't expect "a great lost album" or you may be disappointed.

A final word on the packaging, while the music is paramount and such matters count for little if it is lacking, it must be said the CD is beautifully presented, the chunky cardboard sleeve comes with a substantial booklet featuring informative notes and some nice photos.
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Yes, getting used to the voice is essential. I know many people who can't stand Dylan or The Band, or even Billie Holiday because of the voice. If you can get used to it, you will grow to love this album. If you can't-no problem, we won't hold it against you. I find it strange that many people who will automatically champion anything by Tom Waits or Joanna Newsom can't wrap themselves around this. I love everything about it-the weird phrasing, the bizarre timbre, the incredible band (with John Simon, Bill Keith & Harvey Brooks). Then again, it's probably an acquired taste. Maybe stream it first to make sure it is for you.
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