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Most recent release, Silver Skies Blue (with Ari Hest, 2016)
She is someone other artists are compared to, rather than the other way around, though she is sometimes compared to Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Joan Baez, etc.
Covers, own, and traditional
Judy has a rich, strong, and sometimes ethereal voice, and is known as an interpretator of other's material, and made songs by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, and Ewan MacColl famous. She's always been on the periphery of my musical awareness. With the exception of a few songs that were so overplayed on AM radio over the last fifty years that I can't bear them, I've always liked her and admired her expressive voice. However, I was never particularly drawn to her until a friend made a tape of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow (1961). She is also an activist and author. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
A compilation would be a good starting place, though I've heard many speak of Whales & Nightingales and Bread and Roses as long-time favourites.
Recommended for fans of Judy Collins or of traditional material
Judy Collins, vocals, guitar
Fred Hellerman—second guitar
This is a delightful collection of traditional folk songs, sung powerfully and evocatively by a very young Judy Collins. Her versions of these songs are expressive and focused on the lyrics, so the stories come through clearly. She does mournful ("Wild Mountain Thyme," "Pretty Saro") and lively ("O Daddy Be Gay") and martial ("THe Rising of the Moon") songs here, and does them all beautifully. (Neile)
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