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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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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.


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"

What a beautiful song.

I thought the song Farewell to Tarwathie was the most wonderful I have heard in a long time. The sounds of the whales were beyond great. It was so so awesome I cannot put it to words. Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful song.


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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