This 1967 effort was Collins’ seventh and highest charting record, going to #5 on the US Pop chart. A lot of that was based on the strength of her single, the Joni Mitchell penned “Both Sides Now”, which went to #8. The album also featured songs by the now dead Leonard Cohen and Jaques Brel along with a 14th century piece by Francesco Landini. It also featured for the first time on record, three of Collin’s own pieces.
By the time this came out, Collins’ folk career was over and she had moved more into a pop vein. On this subject, I am mixed as I absolutely adore her folk work. But I understand, you have to evolve as well as make money so although this is not among my favorite of Collins’ work, I must acknowledge that this is a very good album. And despite note being folk, Collins would still be able to present a diverse group of work on it as evidence by the songwriters above (something she did on earlier albums) . Besides, the record would eventually go Gold in 1969.
For a sample, I went with the Brel piece, “La Chanson Des Vieus Amants”.
Great little piece which was the commercial high point of Collins’ career. Satisfactory.