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Heart Food [Limited Edition, Special Edition]

Judee Sill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Now available in miniature replica gatefold LP style sleeve, Judee Sill's second album Heart Food is outstanding with echoes of Bach supporting the stellar early '70s Laurel Canyon singer/songwriter's melodies. The supporting cast of top L.A. studio musicians solidifies Sill's unique brand of folk-flavored pop, which moves from introspective meanderings to loping rock, often within a single song. Limited edition of 2500. Water. 2006.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly sublime music....Food of the gods 28 Mar 2005
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Heart Food is the second of two albums Judee Sill recorded in the early 1970,s. It was actually released in 1973 but suffered from poor sales and during the recording to it's follow up Sill abandoned the recording sessions and disappeared. A long tine drug user, news eventually surfaced in 1979 of her death from a cocaine and codeine overdose. A collection of those long lost recordings is to be released under the ironic title, considering her fate, "Dreams Come True". But when you listen to her music you can understand the title, for this is some of the most beautiful, pure, dare I say it spiritual music you will ever hear.
The spiritual thing isn't as hokey as you might think as Sill,s lyrics obsess over alchemy , philosophy and theosophy but it's the wonderful melodies and Sill,s unaffected untainted singing that really make this album so special. The songs arrangements have been compared to Joni Mitchell twinned with Bach but a song like "Soldier of Our Heart" has a gospel feel while "When the Bridegroom Comes" is Laura Nyro with an added melodic edge. "The Donor", an audacious multi harmonic epic backed by sparse piano, wouldn't sound out of place on Gene Clark's wondrous "No other". "There's a Rugged Road" has gliding pedal steel and see sawing fiddle. "The Kiss" is a piano led ballad of such exquisite poise and melodic delicacy that every time Sill sings the songs killer dipping hook your stomach flip flops and the goose bumps on your arms start weeping. It's backed by a string arrangement worthy of Nick Drake which is nice because that's someone else she's been compared to. If you ever do a compilation tape for an object of affection, put "The Kiss" next to "Northern Sky" and they will be yours for ever....if you want them to be.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More timeless than much of its genre 6 Dec 2005
By Animal
Format:Audio CD
OK, so I've heard Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro, whom Ms Sill was compared to during her brief career, and whilst none of them are without merit,in my mind her legacy tops all three of them.

Rather than an instant sensation, this album is an insidious slow-burner which, on the first two or three listens, can sound pretty but rather insubstantial. Persevere with it, however, and "Heart Food" quickly reveals itself as the richly-layered classic it is.

Perhaps the reason why both "Heart Food" and Sill's eponymous debut have aged better than a good deal of her Laurel Canyon contemporaries' output is the downbeat, fatalistic edge to the music which is occasionally present in Nyro's muse bad largely absent from both Mitchell's and King's. There's something lurking here which is just too dark for most of the 70s suburban post-collegiate crowd that their albums largely appealed to. For sure, Judee may have had the cocaine habit but the fact that she carried far more emotional baggage than most troubadours is evident from the desperate redemption-seeking lyrics of "Down Where The Valleys Are Low". Although "Heart Food album is pleasant, even celestial to the ears it's still way too intense to qualify as easy listening.

Stand-out tracks are "There's A Ragged Road", "The Pearl", "The Donor" and especially "When The Bridegroom Comes" which is just one of the most gloriously indelible pieces of soft-rock perfection to emerge from it's era, and a song that could easily have been a huge radio hit in a world where justice prevailed (or had Sill been career-oriented enought to play the game by the iindustry's rules).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawless gem! 17 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Judee Sill in 1973 and bought her LPs on Asylum. A few years later, while browsing through a music reference book, I was distraught to find that she'd died of a heroin overdose. Her first, self-titled album is wonderful - "Heartfood" is sublime. The imagery in the lyrics is highly spiritual - though she herself denied that they were 'Christian' as such. The melodies are exquisite, and her vocal delivery lovely. I rate one particular track, "The Kiss", as one of the best three songs ever written, and it's going to be played at my funeral (along with Fairport Convention's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" and "Complete Control" by the Clash - eclectic or what!).
Lovely music and beautiful vocals - this album will enhance your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judee Sill expands on the promise of her debut 14 Aug 2008
By M.B.
Format:Audio CD
Despite garnering favourable reviews and even though the artist performed doggedly as an opening act for a number of established artists, Judee Sill's eponymous 1971 debut album sold poorly and failed to propel the Californian musician to stardom.

Undeterred, she returned for 1973's Heart Food with engineer Henry Lewy (whom she affectionately called the "audio alchemist") and a band of stellar musicians and backing vocalists for a record altogether livelier and more confident than her debut.

Heart Food is similar to its predecessor in that it features Sill's multi-tracked vocals prominently, and that guitar and piano are prevalent, but other than that it's a forward step. There's no mistaking that it's a Judee Sill record, and all her hallmarks are there, but this is also a much more diverse record and Sill sounds more confident in trying new things - see the inner sleeve pictures where she acts as conductor during an orchestral session.

Sill's songs have a hymnal purity to them at times, as on the solo piano "When the Bridegroom Comes," written with then-boyfriend David Bearden. The best of these hymnal songs is surely "The Kiss," a timeless and beautiful celebration of romantic union with painstaking orchestration. It has an eerie, ethereal quality, and is renowned as one of Sill's finest compositions.

The arrangements and orchestrations, done by Sill herself, complement the songs and the music and if there were any doubts about her abilities she certainly proves herself an expert songwriter and visionary with this album. Listen out, for example, for the ebullient backing vocals on "Down Where the Valleys Are Low," her most gospel-inspired song replete with organ licks and vocalists evoking a gospel choir.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was Judee never a star in her lifetime?
Check out the clip online of The Kiss played live on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973. Simply stunning.
Published 5 months ago by clive taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Talent
Beautiful melodies and a sweet voice. Carefully considered arrangement. It's a late night listening classic. I have on vinyl but played it to death.

What's not to like.
Published 6 months ago by seswc gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars We are to blame
We are all to blame for the death of this girl. The female Bob Dylan. I am not prepared to argue or thrash it out in an intellectual manner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars A folk artist with a spiritual heart.
The album is flawless, every track is nourishing and accessible, the only one which may not be everyone's cup of tea is the long piece at the end of the album. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Unique
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute wonder
i'd go for the "asylum years" compilation, if only because of the alternative remix of "the Donor".

This is one of the best albums ever made. Read more
Published on 3 July 2009 by N. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the Heart
If I had to take ten albums to a desert island, the two albums by Judee Sill would be among them. Sill's music came from the right source: her soul. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2007 by A. G. Keeling
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal.
Having worked my way through several "lost" albums and "over-looked classics" with varying results I am happy to report that this is as good as the best of its era and still sounds... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2007 by William J. Walker
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