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Album Review

Topical folk like this ruled FM radio in the late '60s and early '70s, but today, Pat Humphries' odes to racial and sexual freedom and union organizing can sound pretty anachronistic. That's not to say there aren't some excellent songs on this CD, which features a preponderance of lilting originals, plus covers from the likes of Tom Pacheco, Mimi Farina, and Phil Ochs (whose previously unrecorded pro-labor anthem "Hands" opens the disc). Like such artists as Joan Baez, though, Humphries can come across as humorless and a bit preachy at times. This good album would have been better with a few light touches — and a few less platitudes about freedom, justice, and love.

Customer Reviews

This is a stunner!

I don't know who wrote the original Mac review of this album but he or she must be an old burned out hippie. Are you kidding, "platitudes, preachy?" What did you listen to? Pat Humphries has a magnificent voice and these are the kind of songs we need to hear to help crystalize the emotional tie that music and decent values can produce. These are stirring and incredibly emotionally touching appeals to humanity to assert itself once more against the tyranny of money and big business. Buy this album for one cut alone, "Swimming to the Other Side" and you will be inspired. A great first album by a woman whose committment to decency and fairness echoes though every note she sings.


WOW this is an amazing vocalist right here. I hope she goes far

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