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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water Records
  • ASIN: B000AL8Z8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Spiritwood on 13 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
This lady deserves to be up there with great songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny in my opinion. This album features the single " Jesus was a crossmaker " but for me the stand out track is definately Lady O. Just beautiful.

For those of you who know little about Judee here is a potted bio:

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 and live a rambling lifestyle. She had been interested in playing music although was seemingly not serious about it until she began her travels, playing small coffee houses and dives for fun. She and her friends had always been into drugs for recreational and exploratory use, but as Sill stayed out on the road she began using heroin regularly, eventually developing a hundred-fifty-dollar-a-day habit. It was rumored (partly by Sill herself, although never confirmed) that she at one time had to prostitute herself in order to support her addiction. In the late '60s Sill was busted for heroin possession and served three months in prison, during which time she was able to kick her habit; when she returned to the world at large, she focused solely on making music. She returned to Los Angeles where, through her Hollywood connections, she was introduced to David Geffen. Geffen was in the process of creating Asylum Records, which was to focus exclusively on non-rock material.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Brown on 10 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had probably only heard Judee's song JESUS WAS A CROSSMAKER a handful of times when it was released in the early 70s (?) yet it would regularly pop into my head unbidden over the years. Elliptical, elusive and quite beautiful, the word "haunting" could have been specially minted for this song. I bought the album 4 years ago on the basis of this one tune figuring "This is so wonderful, how bad can the rest be?" Not bad at all as it transpired. Indeed it was one of those rare experiences as I played the album in the car on the way back from the store where each track made it's own impact and felt like an old, familiar friend. Love at first listen. How she came to record a debut album with such a unique, fully realised style is a stunning mystery. That the record failed to convert critical acclaim into hard sales figures is a bleak reminder of the artistic injustice that is prevalent in the world of poular music - never more so than now where brazenly shallow mediocrity rules the entertainment industry.
As they say "if you like this kind of thing it's the kind of thing you like" so I am always reluctant to recommend an album to strangers but JUDEE SILL hit my personal top ten with a bullet, has remained there ever since and always will. It's a travesty that she died, unrecognised in vile, self-destructive circumstances having made only 2 records. A strange musical hybrid of Bach-type sequences and C & W instrumentation the songs are built from individualistic chord structures and the sweetest of melodies. She played both guitar and piano with fabulous heart and control and, as with all great musicians, as an extension of the self.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.B. on 14 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
Judee Sill's life story is worthy of being made into a film - her father was an importer of rare, exotic animals for use in Hollywood films, and also owned a bar where the young Judee started to learn piano. Within the next few years, Judee's father and brother both died and her alcoholic mother married an abusive Oscar-winning animator for Tom and Jerry.

Her teen years were rebellious - she became an armed robber by 17, and was sent to reform school for forgery, where she honed her craft as a pianist and organ player. Upon her release, she became addicted to heroin and turned to prostitution to fund her habit. She was jailed in the mid-1960s and kicked her habit cold turkey in a cell, resolving to pursue a career in music.

Her debut, 1971's Judee Sill, was the first release for David Geffen's Asylum label and the fact that it is a soft, delicate, almost fragile record is surprising considering the tough cookie who made it. This certainly doesn't sound like the music you would expect of a former heroin-addicted prostitute and armed robber. There is a Christian undercurrent in the music, from Sill's theological lyrics inspired by her interest in the occult and the Rosicrucian order, to the album cover image, where a crucifix is clearly seen on Sill's clothing.

Her voice is honeyed and twangy, not showy at all, with no vibrato. It's a clear, strong, plain sort of voice but it's memorable and also highly effective throughout. Sill's melodies are often highly complex and unusual, and the music, while mostly acoustic and folk-inspired, often brings in some surprising other elements - "Enchanted Sky Machines" has definite gospel licks, "Ridge Rider" is clip-clopping country, and "Abracadabra" swells to a climax of orchestral grandeur.
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