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In My Own Time [Original recording remastered]

Karen Dalton Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Light in the Attic
  • ASIN: B000IHY146
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Something On Your Mind
2. When a Man Loves a Woman
3. In My Own Dream
4. Katie Cruel
5. How Sweet It Is
6. In a Station
7. Take Me
8. Same Old Man
9. One Night Of Love
10. Are You Leaving For the Country
Disc: 2
1. Something On Your Mind
2. In My Own Dream
3. Katie Cruel
4. Are You Leaving For the Country

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic 6 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
Recorded over a six-month period in 1970/71 at Woodstock, In My Own Time was Karen Dalton's only fully planned and realised studio album. It was released on the tiny Just Sunshine label in 1971, and consequently only ever received the most limited attention.

Dalton's first release, It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best, was recorded spontaneously one night at a Fred Neil session. Harvey Brooks - the bass player at the It's So Hard To Tell session (who also played with Bob Dylan and on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew) - produced In My Own Time and managed to persuade the reticent Dalton to share her enormous talent with the world.

The delivery of the first line of album opener Something On Your Mind makes clear the presence of a singer with a rare gift. Vocally, Billie Holiday is the closest comparison, but there's something more cracked, more grainy and more pained about Dalton's delivery as it emerges out of the Eastern-tinged intro.

The now somewhat hoary When A Man Loves A Woman is turned inside out by Dalton's fractured croon and How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) receives much the same treatment. Elsewhere, George Jones's Take Me and The Band's In A Station are both transformed well beyond their soul and country roots. It's the traditional blues number, Katie Cruel, with its haunting banjo and violin backdrop, where Dalton sounds most at home, recalling a host of lost Appalachian generations.

Dalton died in 1993, following struggles with homelessness and drugs. Remastered, with liner notes from Nick Cave, Lenny Kaye and Devendra Banhart, In My Own Time is made available on CD for the first time by Light In The Attic. It is, perhaps, the most perfect legacy she could hope to have left.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look. 14 Mar 2007
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took a gamble and got this album on the strength of the rave reviews and favourable comparisons to other acts I like. The album is also recommended by one B.Dylan, a certain N.Cave and others. I have to say I am always wary of artist endorsements since I feel they will often be looking at some quality in the music as it relates to their own, or may be just know the person.

My initial reaction as the first track hit me was WOW the gamble paid off, very different voice and a wonderful delivery, almost cracking with emotion on each note, one of the most amazing performances I've heard in quite some time. Unfortunately I would have to say only a few other tracks match it.

It perhaps isn't made clear elsewhere that there is no self-penned material on the album so track selection is crucial. Her voice doesn't suit all the songs chosen and the comparisons to Billy Holiday, whilst I can see certain similarities, are a little over-done.
This is NOT a slating;I do not regret buying the album as the best songs are well worth the purchase price, just don't expect "a great lost album" or you may be disappointed.

A final word on the packaging, while the music is paramount and such matters count for little if it is lacking, it must be said the CD is beautifully presented, the chunky cardboard sleeve comes with a substantial booklet featuring informative notes and some nice photos.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Following hot on the heels of the recently released CD version of the sublime "It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You Best" is the second and frustratingly final album that Karen Dalton produced. Originally seeing the light of day in 1971 on the "Just Sunshine "label this has been a much sought after vinyl acquisition for a good many years. Dalton, having recorded her first album on something of a whim, took more time with this album under the tutelage of Harvey Brooks and the results show that, with the music sounding more fully realised, the arrangements more fulsome.

Daltons extraordinary voice , a mixture of burnt molasses and aching vulnerability is often compared to Billie Holiday , so much so that with Daltons folk tinged background she was dubbed Hillbilly Holiday and the resemblance is uncanny .On this album though where Dalton seems preoccupied with love , exalted by its capricious nature and is acknowledging it as such , her voice is a little more cracked and liable to bend to a songs core message , or as is more likely the way she interpreted it.

The sound too, is more fleshed out than on the debut , with a full backing band that incorporates elements of country , jazz , soul , rock and of course folk. There are takes on traditional songs such as the bleak "Katie Cruel" which is given minimal instrumentation and the covers of more well known and to be honest hoary numbers like "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "How Sweet It Is", But sung by Dalton who is accomplished and confident enough to take the song and melodies to places they wouldn't normally go, they emerge as songs gloriously reinterpreted with an intuitive air that our contemporary karaoke generation just couldn't envisage.
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Some artists carry the weight of legend - voice, talent, mercurial - segueing immediately into drugs, heartbreak and destruction. They shone brightly for a while and then imploded - forgotten now - except by the few who were around the flames at the time. Karen Dalton is one of those artists. And this astonishing Light in The Attic Records reissue is determined to rectify that crappy oversight...

Released November 2006 on Light In The Attic Records LITA 022 - this CD (34:35 minutes) is a straightforward reissue of her second vinyl album "In My Own Time" originally released May 1971 on Paramount Records PAS 6008 in the USA. Her only other LP was her debut "It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best" on Capitol Records ST-271 in 1969. Harvey Brooks (featured bassist on Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew") produced the record - which also boasted liner notes by New York Village folk-hero Fred Neil (author of "Dolphins" and "Everybody's Talkin'"). Guest musicians included pianists Richard Bell and John Simon, Steel Player Bill Keith with Amos Garrett and John Hall adding Guitars. The CD is housed in a gatefold card sleeve -and having loved the Kris Kristofferson, Rodriguez and Michael Chapman reissues on LITA (see reviews) - the lavish booklet on this is no different - a joy to look at - featuring contributions from fans like Lenny Kaye, Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart.

The album's short 10 tracks are entirely cover versions and give full reign to her utterly unique guttural voice and sloppy-as-the-Stones interpretations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karen Dalton / In My Own Time
These songs alone are worth the purchase of vinyl: 1) Something on your mind, 2) Katie Cruel, 3) Same old man. Read more
Published 13 months ago by annamaria
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a great item and I would most certainly recommend it to others.
It is worth every penny paid for it.
Published 16 months ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Long forgotten
Wonderful that the work of this strangely forgotten artist is back. Shame she becomes famous long after she has gone
Published 18 months ago by Chris Cammiss
2.0 out of 5 stars An Uneasy Mix That Doesn't Work
Karen Dalton was one of the more fascinating figures of the US folk scene of the early 1960s. Other reviewers have outlined her brief musical career and ultimately sad life, so... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by Paul of London
5.0 out of 5 stars Being on the side of the unknown artist
Karen Dalton had 2 massive plus factors-she was not a singer songwriter and she was beautifully obscure not even managing to join the No Hit Wonder Club
By all accounts she... Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars The singer and the song.
An awful lot gets written about singers, and an awful lot of it is crap. It's understandable really as the attention naturally gravitates towards them in a way that isn't true to... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by N. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
Karen Dalton, what to do with her? Not a writer, but an interpreter, and it all stands or falls on her unique voice. You'll either love it, or.... Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by N. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'real' folk singer
When I first heard Karen Dalton back in 1999 on her debut album what struck me was how she could take a song and make it something different. Read more
Published on 7 May 2008 by Wheel
1.0 out of 5 stars Taken in by the hype...
I feel I was taken in by the hype. I've been looking to broaden my tastes by exploring less well known artists, and I thought I'd try Karen Dalton. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Ms. Felicia Davis-burden
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