16 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While a strong argument can be made that distilling Judy Collins’ career down to 16 songs is a bit limiting, considering the wide breadth of her career and catalog, this Very Best collection features great material from beginning to end. Her version of “Turn, Turn, Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)” is from her earliest folk days, before there was even folk-rock. Her impeccable ear for emerging songwriters is made plain by the inclusion of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” Ian Tyson’s “Someday Soon” and Joni Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning” and “Both Sides Now.” The productions became more elaborate as the era progressed. Her massive hit, Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns,” rests next to the spiritual “Amazing Grace.” Even her gentle rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” works in its own peculiar way, as Collins’ beautifully controlled vocals meet Dylan’s surrealistic word puzzle. Her own composition, “My Father,” is the cherry on top, a piece of personal revelation among so many deeply convincing interpretations.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While a strong argument can be made that distilling Judy Collins’ career down to 16 songs is a bit limiting, considering the wide breadth of her career and catalog, this Very Best collection features great material from beginning to end. Her version of “Turn, Turn, Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)” is from her earliest folk days, before there was even folk-rock. Her impeccable ear for emerging songwriters is made plain by the inclusion of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne,” Ian Tyson’s “Someday Soon” and Joni Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning” and “Both Sides Now.” The productions became more elaborate as the era progressed. Her massive hit, Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns,” rests next to the spiritual “Amazing Grace.” Even her gentle rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” works in its own peculiar way, as Collins’ beautifully controlled vocals meet Dylan’s surrealistic word puzzle. Her own composition, “My Father,” is the cherry on top, a piece of personal revelation among so many deeply convincing interpretations.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
140 Ratings
140 Ratings
pcthiker ,

My Friend Jack McCord

Jack gave Judy Collins to me. Talked about her haunting voice, showed the ecstasy he felt when listening to her music. There is not another like her. And I'm not writing about good/bad, but just the sound of her voice and the clear, piercing productions of the songs.

scoreyourlife ,

ALBATROSS IS A MUST

This is a really wonderful collection and I'd like to give a special shout out to ALBATROSS I think ALBATROSS is one of the beautiful songs ever written- it's a perfect blend of melody, lyrics, voice, and arrangement. Not only is the imagery so haunting but also certain lines that I find so moving:
"Many people wander up the hills from all around you,
Making up your memories and thinking they have found you."

"You must barter your life
To make sure you are living"

ScotGorman ,

Great album, melodic and poetic. Worth the buy!

This is an excellent, greatest hits album. Judy Collins has a voice that will strike a chord within your soul. She sings each of the songs with complete conviction, clarity and sincerity. You might be surprised to find out that you know some of the songs and begin to hum or sing along (she is that popular). I am young and most of these songs were out before I was born, however, I am pleased I have had the opportunity to be introduced to Judy Collins’ music. Give it a try!

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