A very beautiful new album from Judy Collins with all new material. Judy's voice is as lovely as ever as she moves through the selection of songs on this largely contemplative collection. "Over the Rainbow" is a thoughtful start to the album and I was pleased that she sings the introduction too. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" is a welcome surprise and with help from her "ghost riders chorus" compares well with any of the versions of the past.
I was particularly taken with "Days of Yarrow" which is a traditional song that I hadn't come across before. Although there is subtle use of electric keyboard here, this song very much echoes back to the type of songs to be found on Judy's first few albums.
There are three duets on the album, all of which are enjoyable. Great to hear her with Joan Baez on "Diamonds and Rust" and the duet with Stephen Stills ("Last Thing on My Mind")works well. Judy and Michael Johnson blend beautifully on his song "Emilio".
There's only one new song written by Judy but it's the very powerful and moving "Kingdom Come" which is tribute to the firemen and to all the people who lost their lives in the attacks on the twin towers. Jimmy Webb's "Gaugin" is an uplifting end to the album, the words explaining the choice of title for the whole collection.
Fine sound quality and attractive presentation in a digipack which includes a booklet containing all the credits all add up to make this an essential purchase for all of Judy's many admirers. Don't hestitate!