am 10. Juni 2005
On this album, Judy Collins interprets a varied collection of the most memorable songs of the time. This masterful album still rates amongst her very best, although in style it veers towards pop and rock, a step away from her folkie repertoire. The opener, Hello Hooray, even sounds like music hall. The playing and the arrangements here are of the highest order.
She exquisitely renders Leonard Cohen's Story Of Isaac and Bird On A Wire (also check out her album of Cohen covers). Her own composition, the autobiographical My Father, is stately and poignant. Other highlights include the masterpiece Who Knows Where The Time Goes (first recorded by Fairport Convention) and First Boy I Loved, written by Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band. Someday Soon also stands out, a wistful and yearning song of lost love and hope.
She had few hits (I remember only Amazing Grace and Send In The Clowns), but Collins made an enormous contribution in the pure folk, pop and the art singer genres. She stands out, along with luminaries like Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris, as one of truly great female singers of the last 5 decades. I also highly recommend the compilation Forever, a 2-disc set of the very best of her magic.