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In between her phases as folk heroine and pop chanteuse, Judy Collins recorded a series of albums built around well-chosen art songs by herself and other writers. 1973’s True Stories and Other Dreams comes late in this period and reflects the disillusionments that many ‘60s-era artists and activists felt during the Nixon Years. The tunes here touch upon both intimate family topics and broad political themes. Among the former are such Collins originals as “Secret Gardens,” ”Holly Ann” and “Song for Martin,” finely etched numbers dealing with homespun happiness and lingering sorrow. At the other end of the spectrum are the dramatic ballad “Che” (depicting the Cuban revolutionary’s death and its aftermath) and a spirited cover of Tom Paxton’s “The Hostage.” Sonically, the album is a tasteful blending of acoustic guitars, strings, woodwinds and Collins’ own stately piano. Her iconic voice — crystal-pure with a tinge of melancholy — catches the right quality of longing. Though not one of her biggest sellers, True Stories ranks among Collins’ most heartfelt and thought-provoking works.

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Songs of Intense Emotion

These are some of the most stunning songs that go from joyous connections and companionship ("Cook with Honey"), to deep sadness about the poor comparison between our past and the present ("Secret Gardens"), to love and admiration for our loved ones ("Holly Ann"), to searing regret about lost friends ("Song for Martin"). The iTunes review, sad to say, really misses the point on this whole album which truly tells us "True Stories" about who we are and who we wish we were.

True Stories and Other Dreams

Got this in 73 and it has remained one of my favorite Judy Collins albums. It is a whole project when I pull out the album I want to listen to the entire album from cook with honey to che it is a complete work right down to the picture on the cover it is great M


Born: May 1, 1939 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer Judy Collins was, along with Joan Baez, one of the two major interpretive singers to emerge from the folk revival of the late '50s and early '60s. Like Baez, she began singing traditional folk songs, then moved on to popularize the work of contemporary singer/songwriters, even writing her own songs occasionally. Unlike Baez, she used her classical music training to evolve into being a singer of art songs and show tunes, sometimes employing semi-classical arrangements. In a career that began...
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