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Reflections In A Crystal Wind

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: VANGUARD
  • ASIN: B0056L2ZKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Farinas' mix of unusual instrumentations and Dick's gift for words made them a formidable duo in the mid-sixties, his writing alternating and mixing the political, satirical, and poetic . Mimi, sister of Joan Baez, had ,for my money, a better and more versitile voice than her sister. This album showcased both's songwriting and singing talents, and backed by most of Dylan's off-duty session players, the music sounds as fresh today as then. While none of their albums are less (two recorded during his lifetime, one after), this one is a little more.
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Celebrations for a Grey Day was a most impressive debut that showcased the songwriting of Richard Fariña and the amazing voice of Joan Baez' lesser known sister Mimi, along with the twinkling sound of a little-known instrument in the dulcimer, which Richard used to firmly anchor this music in its folk roots.

To follow such a good debut was a taxing task by any account, but the Fariñas in no way let themselves down around ten months later with "Reflections in a Crystal Wind". In contrast to "Celebrations for a Grey Day", there are some notable changes. Most especially there are fewer instrumentals and more instruments to back up Richard's and Mimi's dulcimer/guitar combination. The opening title tune is awesomely beautiful with Mimi singing as purely and tunefully as anyone ever could. However, the second track "The Bold Marauder" (which may not be politically correct today with its lyrical theme based on the Crusades) surpasses anything the Fariñas did with its simple, gentle melody line and darkly-sung vocals that raise traditional folk tunes into an entirely new art-form from what Baez and Judy Collins ever did. The melody is classically folk, but the vocals resemble a cross between hymnal singing and something that could be called "Gothic".
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RICHARD FARIÑA was great poet in the great tradition of the troupador. His life ended too early as the result of a motorcycle accident. Nonetheless, he and his partner/wife Mimi Baez (sister of Joan Baez) created one of the great albums of the "beat" and new folk movement, REFLECTIONS IN A CRYSTAL WIND. Songs on it such as "Children of Darkness" and "Raven Girl" metaphorically describe the sense of personal torment and social destruction experiemced by a whole generation during the Vietnam Era. Richard and Mimi's duets are flawlessly in synch. First-rate musicians accompany on most songs. The youth today might actually relate to the sensitive musical and political substance on this CD from our history. It's time a new social consciousness was born, and this CD points to Tao (The Way.)

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Mimi and Richard Farina was a remarkably diverse, though short-lived act. I would give the early recordings three stars for what they accomplished and five stars for what they attempted. These two were really, really early in presenting singer-songwiter folk with 1960s-style electric accompaniment. If I could have only one of their albums, it would be "Celebrations for a Grey Day;" but it seems to me many listeners could find a great deal to like on this album. A lot of popular music lovers would do well to familiarize themselves with the work of Mimi and Richard Farina.
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I originally purchased this on vinyl many years ago, and fell in love with the remarkable harmony blends this star crossed couple was able to produce. It's just as wonderful now as it was lo those many years ago ... perhaps even more so.
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I've owned this LP since it came out. Just pulled it out again upon learning Joan lost her little sister Mimi Farina thru her PBS 75th B-day celebration show. I lost my little sister...no one is supposed to lose a little sister. Wrote her a letter today...certain she'll never see it, but it doesn't matter. For "folk music"...it's incredibly edgy for it's time. 'Course Richard was always "edgy" i.e. his book "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me". Unfortunately, he managed to get himself killed via motorcycle while they were holding the publishing party for his book...
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By Naomi Wada on September 12, 2015
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Great music, especially love Children of Darkness -epic.
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This was the best of the Farinas albums and the lyrics still ring true. As things heat up politically, I had begun to miss The House UnAmerican Blues and The Children of Darkness, which I'd never known was written by Mimi. Sadly, they are both gone. I'd forgotten how great the dulcimer was!
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