Thursday, September 08, 2011

Judy Collins Spills Tales of Heartache

Joni Mitchell cover, duets with Shawn Colvin and Ollabelle

Judy Collins' timeless voice grows more powerful with age, and her iconic voice soars with bittersweet undertones on 'Bohemian' (October 18, Wildflower Records). Four new originals make sparkling additions to her already legendary repertoire, while earnest interpretations of songs by Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, and others clearly show Collins at the top of her game.

Says the folk legend of her inspiration, "Over all these chaotic and romantic years, I have lived my life mostly on my own terms…the life of a troubaour, a writer, and a wanderer."

Highlights from the album include:

-      "Cactus Tree" – Collins' lofty soprano intertwines with Shawn Colvin's slightly huskier tone on this duet, originally written by Joni Mitchell

-      "All the Pretty Horses" – Filled with "visions of sleeping like a baby in a troubled world," the haunting lullaby features new verses that ebb and flow in the singer's darker lower register

-      "Pure Imagination" – Collins combines the cleverness of Gene Wilder with a deep dreaminess befitting the lyrics of this film classic

-      "In the Twilight" – The folk legend bares her earliest memories of childhood in a tender tribute to her mother, who passed away in late 2010

-      "Morocco" – Backed by the gorgeous harmonies of folk outfit Ollabelle, Collins tells of "the warmth of the desert and the colors of that romantic place to which I had never been, but my mother had been. She had seen the bright colors for me."

Collins is also preparing for the release of a revealing memoir ('Sweet Judy Blue Eyes') and a children's book/CD ('When You Wish Upon a Star') on October 18.