Dirty Linen - p.75
"Collins regains the hip-factor of her earliest work with her tastiest singing in years."
Judy Collins: Russell Walden.
Personnel: Judy Collins (synthesizer); Larry Campbell (guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Russell Walden (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Tony Levin (bass guitar); Julien Harris (background vocals); Hugh McCracken (guitar, acoustic guitar); Erik Friedlander, Mary Wooten (cello); Christian Lohr (harmonica, harmonium, organ, Mellotron, mini-Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, glass); Tony Beard (drums, percussion); Taylor Brenner, Angela Cappelli, Margaret Dorn, Paul Rolnick (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Alan Silverman; Cynthia Daniels; Kevin Ward.
Recording information: Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY.
While Judy Collins had been singing songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney ever since her mid-1960s albums, JUDY COLLINS SINGS LENNON AND MCCARTNEY was her first album-length collection of tunes by the pair. The 12 songs include some surprising but effective choices, such as a rethinking of McCartney's "Golden Slumbers" as the lullaby it was always meant to be, and a wry version of the jaunty "When I'm 64" colored by the fact that Collins herself is a few years beyond that age. Recorded in a simple piano-trio format, the album sounds like a night in a comfortable, unpretentious cabaret, and Collins is in exquisite voice throughout.