Melanie- Candles In The Rain

This gem of a record was only $1.  One freaking dollar.  Are you crazy people?  Anyway, looking at the cover and listening to this, I had a hard time believing this came out in 1970 (and was in great part, a product of the 60’s).  It looks and sounds like a much more modern record.

But this did come out in 1970 and was Melanie’s third album.  With the lead single “Lay It On Down (Candles In The Rain)” based on her experience performing at Woodstock (in which a bunch of spectators light up candles while see played).  I probably mentioned this on the last post I wrote on her, but you really do not hear much about Melanie’s performance at Woodstock which is probably a shame.  Anyway, this record and that single in particular, brought the artist her first Top Ten hit in the US.  “Ruby Tuesday” as well as “What Have They Done To My Song, Ma” were also hits.  The album sold well in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Overall, I think this is an excellent album and really showcases Melanie’s talent. With the exception of “Ruby Tuesday”, the rest of the songs are written by the artist.  She is also backed up vocally in places by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

For a sample, I decided to go with “Left Over Wine” which was one of the songs I picked from the live album I posted last year or so but did not use. I think because it skipped.

Great little record.  Satisfactory.

Judy Collins- Fifth Album

dscn5300-800x778This was $1.  Just as with Ray Price, I can no longer remember how many Judy Collins’ albums I have posted.  I feel that this is the third.  Of course, a simple search on this blog would answer this question, but I am not in the mood for that today. This album formerly belonged to Dale Charles Adamson who lived in Bellaire (Texas) in what is now a close to $1 million home.exhibit_judycollins_920_210_3

As the title would infer, this was Collin’s fifth album (her fourth studio effort).  Released in 1965, it was also her last true folk record as her next effort would start leaning more into pop.  Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Richard Farina, Gordon Lightfoot, Phil Ochs, and Malvina Reynolds, Allmusic.com calls this her definitive folk statement. John Sebastian and Farnia play on a few tracks. A poem of Farina’s is also on the back cover.  The front cover blinds you with those famous headlights a bit (I’m talking about her eyes).dscn5301-800x778

There are a lot of good songs on here.  I really liked “Pack Up Your Sorrows”, “Thirsty Boots”, “Mr Tambourine Man”, and “Lord Gregory”.  This is a little specious as I like almost any cover of “Mr Tambourine Man”.  Two songs that I also like are the ones that are most topical in nature and the ones that I will use for samples.

First, there is the Phil Ochs tune, “In The Heat of the Summer”.  Ochs’ songs had a composure all there own.  His style shows through even though it is Collins singing.  I also went with Reynold’s “It Isn’t Nice” which was recorded live at Town Hall in New York .

Judy Collins - Judith Marjorie "Judy" Collins, American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes and for her social activism. Photographed in New York 1/7/2015

Good record.  Satisfactory.

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DSCN3664This was one dollar.  I like Judy Collins, especially her early folk material.  I also like this album because the previous owner made Judy look like Adam Ant on the cover.  As a side note, it should be noted that the same day I post a folk album, I get the 12 string guitar I ordered for Christmas in the mail.Life-Magazine-1969-05-02

Coincidentally, Judy is playing in Houston at the Arena Theater in Houston on Friday, January 29 with Don McLean.  I wanted to go, especially as I have never been to the Arena Theater, but sadly enough I have to work that day.

Earlier Judy Collins post

As the title would suggest, this was Judy’s third album and as stated above, this was in her folk period.  It was released in 1963.  This is a real good album with lots of great folk standards.  It contains two Dylan’s, two Seeger’s, two Silverstein’s, a Guthrie, and an Ewan McColl number for good measure.  The songs alternate from soft to strong to give good variety to the numbers.  Good interpretations all the way around.

It should be noted that Roger (Jim) McGuinn made most of the arrangements on this album as well as played on most numbers.  This was during his pre-Byrd days.  Two songs on this album, both Seeger numbers, “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Bells of Rhymney” would both become popular Byrd numbers.DSCN3665

I wanted to list my favorite song from the album but there are so many good points, I would end up listing most the album.  Again,  there is just two much good stuff on here.  pete-dylan-judy-arlo

I originally wanted to use “Deportee” when I bought the album as the song was in my head, but I felt it was much softer than other numbers and I jus tend to prefer the rougher, grittier work.  Dylan’s “Master’s of War” was a close second along with “The Hills of Shiloh”, but ultimately, I went with Seeger’s “Bells of Rhymney”.

Top Rated record , indeed. If you like folk music, you should definitely check it out.

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Judy Collins- The Judy Collins Concert

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This was a dollar and had a lot of good songs on it.

cb7fcfa932I was heavily tempted to play “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” last month during the Baltimore riots.  My aim of this site was to keep it devoid of overtly political material so I struggled with this until it became irrelevant.  However, tragedy is never too far away in this day and age, and again, the idea of playing this song came up again with the South Carolina killings.  Again,  I am resisting the urge to post this.  As I am always interested in how information disseminated before the internet,  I was struck by how quick this went from Bob Dylan’s mouth to Judy Collins live show. p3_0054_Layer_50Judy’s Webpage

This album comes early in Judy Collins’ career during what would have been her pure folk period. It was her fourth and her first one live. It was recorded and released in 1964.  It is a good mix of folk tunes both traditional and contemporary.  Along with the Dylan tune listed above, there are songs by Tom Paxton and Billy Edd Wheeler.  Except for “Hey Nelly, Nelly”, none of the songs were previously recorded by Collins.  The album is quite good and presents a good cross section of what has happening in folk music at the time. Of course,  like everything, it all really comes down to one source for me.

Do they still use Laugh tracks today?  I feel like an anthropologist hearing it in the above clip.  Regardless, Collins would later move from guitar based folk songs into more diverse and complex arrangements leaning more into pop while not completely leaving her folk roots. Many accolades later, Judy still performs a handful of shows here and there.  A slightly short and not real complete bio on my part I know, but that is not what I aim to do here.  There is a link above to her webpage if you want something more complete.

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There are a number of good folk songs on this album and after some thought, I decided to go with “Wild Rippling Water”.  This tune is a cowboy version of “The Nightingale”, an Irish tune I posted last month from the Brothers Clancy.

This is a satisfactory record for me.  It is Monday so I am keeping it brief.