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“If your way is clear I’ll be waiting here,” Judee Sill sings on the deceptively upbeat sounding “Phantom Cowboy.” These words might serve as in invitation to the intrepid listener of today who, after wading through the work of her more famous contemporaries, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and others, finally finds solace in Sill’s near perfect brand of country-infused mysticism. Released on David Geffen’s nascent Asylum imprint in 1972, Judee Sill was the work of a deeply troubled woman whose traumatic childhood and subsequent heroin addiction left as deep a mark on her music as her conservatory training and impeccable voice. On her self-titled debut, Sill flits from genre to genre, dabbling in whispery faux-country, baroque tinged meditations on the cosmos, and elliptical chamber folk with the unselfconscious ease of a past master. Rather than confronting her demons head on, Sill expresses her fears and doubts through the use of heavily coded Christian symbolism redolent of Chris Bell’s similarly troubled and allusive I Am the Cosmos. In 1973 Sill would go on to release the lush Heart Food, her masterpiece, but her debut still serves as the best introduction to her expansive musical universe.

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amazing and beautiful. You will not forget Judee Sill after this

Forget the back story about Judee Sill (although it is fascinating and tragic), the songs shine through with joy, imagination and regret. This is one of those records that define "lost classic".
Highly recommended.

Long Overdue

I came across a review of this album maybe 10 years ago. Clips of the music and the artist's background fascinated me and I've always remembered this small little gem. I was honestly surprised to find this on iTunes but boy what a treat. Much like Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information" this a perfect record for someone just looking for good music, but its especially great for those out there who have heard a great deal of music and are really looking for something fresh and unique. It's one of those little known records that discovers you rather than the other way around.


Born: October 7, 1944 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

A singer/songwriter with deeply religious overtones and a penchant for the occult, Judee Sill is one of rock's more interesting and lesser-known stories. The daughter of old Hollywood money, Sill's father died when she was just a child, and her brother died in a car crash soon after, leading to a bleak outlook on life that she expressed in an arty, disaffected attitude. She disliked her stepfather and condemned her mother for remarrying; as a quiet form of vengeance, Sill set out to travel America...
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