In the early 1980s Judie Tzuke was in her heyday. The atmospheric `Stay With Me Till Dawn' had first propelled her into the public eye some years earlier but it is this album in particular, released in 1982 that showcases her talent at its best.
Having left Elton John's Rocket Records after the lacklustre `I Am the Phoenix', this, her first album for new label Chrysalis is a cracker, filled with ballsy rockers and plaintive ballads. Whilst there is a diversity of tempo and style on show in the 12 or so songs, there is a binding factor at work and it is melody. Judie's albums are always rich in melody but this album contains some real beauties.
Of particular note is the heartfelt `Late Again', one of her best songs and the swirling, hypnotic `Liggers at Your Funeral' (written, I believe, to express her disgust at the behaviour on show at Peter Seller's funeral). There is hardly a weak track on the album which serves to highlight both her exhilarating soprano and her songwriting ability in partnership with Mike Paxman.
Unfortunately, the promise of this album was dissipated by the less than great content of subsequent release, `Ritmo' and more label hopping, but there is no doubt that `Shoot the Moon' is a very fine album indeed. First timers would do no worse than to start here.