Judy Collins Home Again
- Released: June 25, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Collector's Choice
Description by OLDIES.com:
Judy's final (1984) studio album for Elektra included her own composition 'Shoot First', a portion of whose proceeds were given to the National Alliance Against Violence. It also featured a duet with country star T.G. Sheppard on the title track, and a song co-written by Elton John, 'Sweetheart on Parade', that John never issued on his own records.
- 1.Only You
- 2.Sweetheart on Parade
- 3.Everybody Works in China
- 4.Yellow Kimono
- 5.From Where I Stand
- 6.Home Again
- 7.Shoot First
- 8.Don't Say Love
- 9.Dream On
- 10.The Best Is Yet to Come
Personnel includes: Judy Collins (vocals); Hugh McCracken (acoustic guitar); Tony Battaglia (electric guitar, electric bass); Lee Ritenour, Steve Khan (electric guitar); Paul Jackson, Jr., Dan Huff (guitar); Dave Grusin (piano, keyboards); John Hobbs (piano); Randy Kerber (keyboards); Anthony Jackson (bass); Chris Parker, Buddy Williams (drums); Adrienne Albert, Yolanda McCulloch, Terry Textor, Thomas Bogdan, Henry Gross (background vocals).
Producers: Dave Grusin, Larry Rosen, Michael Masser.
Liner Note Author: Richie Unterberger.
In 1966, Judy Collins fans probably were startled by the opening of her In My Life LP, as flutes heralded the beginning of a baroque-style orchestration for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," signaling that Collins was trying something different after her years as a folksinger. A similar surprise may be engendered by the first sounds on her 17th album of new material for Elektra Records, Home Again, as electronic blips introduce her cover of Yaz's "Only You." Resembling the synth pop duo's own 1982 original, Collins' "Only You" announces that this is not your mother's Judy Collins album. At 45, Collins is among the last graduates of the folk revival to remain a front line artist on a major record label, with peers such as Joan Baez long sidelined. She has maintained her status by adapting herself, notably moving toward becoming more of a traditional pop singer with her popular 1975 album Judith, with its hit cover of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." But recent albums have had diminishing sales, and Home Again represents an attempt to meet the marketplace of the mid-'80s on Collins' terms. Produced by jazz-pop record executives Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, it is full of well-crafted songs in AC arrangements, with the occasional use of synth pop, all in search of a hit. "Sweetheart on Parade" is a new Elton John song, and a good one. "Shoot First" is Collins' own composition, a sardonic examination of gun violence and media, set to the most aggressive of the synth pop tracks. "Don't Say Love" has an electronic reggae accompaniment, seemingly ready for its MTV video. Collins concludes with another original, the love song "Dream On," and the hopeful "The Best Is Yet to Come." (Included as a sop to the record company is a duet with country singer T.G. Sheppard, "Home Again," co-written and produced by Michael Masser in hopes of scoring an AC and/or country hit.) Old Judy Collins fans are not likely to feel at home with much of Home Again, but the album is a bold attempt to reinvent the singer for a new generation of fans, and she certainly can't be criticized for trying something different; that's what's kept her music fresh for more than two decades. ~ William Ruhlmann
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