Record Collector (magazine) - p.883 stars out of 5
-- "The voice remains as emotive as ever, especially on 'Pure Imagination'..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.824 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he 72-year-old's own songs on this elegy for her Laurel Canyon heyday are on a different plane."
Recording information: Wildflower Records, NY, NY.
Editors: Alan Silverman; Paul Rolnick.
Released to coincide with the iconic folksinger's 2011 memoir, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Bohemian finds Judy Collins revisiting the late-'60s California music scene. Driven by her signature effortless soprano, the album features four new original cuts ("Morocco," "Wings of Angels," "In the Twilight," and "Big Sur") along with seven covers, including "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Joni Mitchell's "Cactus Tree," the latter of which finds the seemingly ageless Collins sharing vocal duties with Shawn Colvin. Elsewhere, Collins deftly tackles the Woody Guthrie workers ballad "Pastures of Plenty" and Jimmy Webb's lively "Campo de Encino," and offers up a lovely and austere rendition of the traditional lullaby "All the Pretty Horses." ~ James Christopher Monger