JUDY COLLINS - Sings Cohen, Lennon & McCartney...
2004 - Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy
As much a charming tribute to a dear friend as it is a best-of compilation, "Sings Leonard Cohen - Democracy" was released to coincide with Cohen's 70th birthday in September 2004. Collins was among the first performers to discover the Canadian singer/songwriter's 's unique gifts, covering "Suzanne" and "Dress Rehearsal Rag" on her 1966 chamber-folk masterpiece, IN MY LIFE. Those songs, along with eight other previously released Collins renditions of Cohen songs, plus a 1999 live version of "Song for Bernadette" and three brand new recordings ("Democracy," "A Thousand Kisses Deep," and "Night Comes On") are collected here. Combined with extensive liner-note reminiscences from Collins about the songs and their author, the album is something of a musical valentine, an idea that's a bit ironic considering Cohen's relentlessly sardonic worldview. One of Collins's strengths as an interpreter of Cohen's songs is that unlike some, she never loses sight of the essential warmth and dry humor in even Cohen's most sour songs. As a result, "Sings Leonard Cohen - Democracy" might be the Leonard Cohen album for people who think they don't like Leonard Cohen. - cduniverse.com
TRACKS: 01. Democracy 02. Suzanne 03. A Thousand Kisses Deep 04. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye 05. Dress Rehearsal Rag 06. Priests 07. Night Comes On 08. Sisters Of Mercy 09. Story Of Isaac 10. Bird On The Wire 11. Famous Blue Raincoat 12. Joan Of Arc 13. Take This Longing 14. Song Of Bernadette (live)
2007 - Sings Lennon & McCartney
That the mainstream folk goddess has become quite a formidable torch singer in her golden years should surprise no one. Ms. Collins has always shone brightest as an interpreter of other's songs, from traditional folk tunes to such notable covers as her takes on Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" and Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." Not far from 70 years of age at the time of this album's release, Ms. Collins lends a gentle irony to her reading of "When I'm 64." But her voice is clear; it's as youthful and plaintive as it's been in years. And on tracks like "Norwegian Wood" and "Blackbird," it's flat-out gorgeous. Ably backed by studio musicians Larry Campbell, Tony Levon, and Zev Katz, these jazzy renditions of your favorite Beatle numbers - though where's "Revolution"? - are simply a delight. Buy it for your mom, but treat yourself to a listen first. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. And I Love Her 02. Blackbird 03. Golden Slumbers 04. Penny Lane 05. Norwegian Wood 06. When I'm Sixty-Four 07. Good Day Sunshine 08. Hey Jude 09. We Can Work It Out 10. Yesterday 11. I'll Follow The Sun 12. Long And Winding Road
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