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Songbirds Vol.1: the Essential Album

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Essential!
  • ASIN: B00005V346
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sitting Down Here - Lene Marlin
2. Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb
3. Adia - Sarah McLachlan
4. She Cries Your Name - Beth Orton
5. Circle - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
6. You Don’t Love Me Anymore - Lynn Miles
7. Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy
8. Forever At Your Feet - Oh Susanna
9. Holding Your Hand - Thea Gilmore
10. Sharon Shannon Libertango - Sharon Shannon (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wrecking Ball - Emmylou Harris
2. The Wing & The Wheel - Nanci Griffith
3. Kathy’s Song - Eva Cassidy
4. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
5. Why Walk When You Can Fly - Mary Chapin-Carpenter
6. When I Close My Eyes - Rhonda Vincent
7. Holdin’ On - Rory Block
8. The Gardener - June Tabor
9. Waiting For My Prayer - Christine Collister
10. Time In The Son - Eliza Carthy
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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Forthrightly billed as "the essential album", Songbirds is an attractive and wide-ranging collection of contemporary female singer/songwriters that's cleverly and quite deliberately aimed at those who have recently discovered the delights of Eva Cassidy. The basic premise here is that if you like Eva there's plenty more where she came from: across two discs and some 31 songs the proposition is abundantly proved. The selection is broadly transatlantic, though the British and Irish contingents are heavily represented by the more folky performers, including Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson (Eliza's mum), Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon, Maire Brennan (ex-Clannad) and June Tabor. Standout Americans include the late Ms Cassidy herself, Emmylou Harris and the always-wonderful Mary Chapin Carpenter. Nit-pickers will note that although they are singers, not all the performers here are necessarily songwriters (Eva Cassidy for one), and they'll also wonder what happened to all the great women songwriters of past decades: you won't find anything by Sandy Denny here, for example, nor Carole King or Joan Baez to name just three; nor will you find many of the exciting new voices in contemporary country, such as Gillian Welch, Iris Dement or Lucinda Williams. Despite such omissions, this is a good, reasonably well-rounded snapshot of some excellent modern female performers. It's the kind of compilation album that's just perfect for drive-time playing.--Mark Walker

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This cd is great value, with over 30 beautiful songs,sung by over 20 different female vocalists. This is not your typical folk album. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith, Beth Orton feature. A great introduction to singers from UK, USA and Ireland i.e.Eliza McCarthy. A marvelous collection of relaxing songs with beautiful words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem 22 Feb 2007
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This is a beautiful introduction to some well known and less well known female singers and their songs.

Great songs with meaningful lyrics too.

You will never grow tired of this CD because most of the songs you just never hear on a radio station.

I,ve had it for two years and its still a favorite.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix of songs by terrific female artists! 5 Aug 2003
By "red_tea" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This two-disc compilation is an excellent introduction to a broad range of talented female singers. Ranging from popular artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Sinead O'Connor to (in the States, at least) lesser-known singers like Kate Rusby and Thea Gilmore, the discs offer a variety of sounds - from pop to folk to blues, and back again.
If you enjoy Songbirds, you may also enjoy albums by the artists represented and other similar singers. Check out some of the following:
"10" - Kate Rusby
"Daybreaker" - Beth Orton
"Sleepy Little Sailor" - Oh Susanna
"Rules for Jokers" - Thea Gilmore
"Tropical Brainstorm" - Kirsty MacColl
"Be Here Now" - Suzanne Little (not featured on discs)
"Heroine" - Wild Strawberries (not featured)
"Trigger Fables" - Taste of Joy (not featured)
"Silence" - Tara MacLean (not featured)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Compilation 24 Sep 2004
By A music lover from Duluth, GA - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good double CD. The sound quality and volume consistency are very, very good. (No need to raise or lower from track to track). Also, the songs flow well from track to track; obviously a lot of effort was taken on this. I just wish that some heavy hitters (Joni, Carly) were included. Eva Cassidy's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Kathy's Song" is outstanding. Check out Philo records compilations (Philo So Far, Singers & Songwriters) as well!
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at women and music 27 Jun 2009
By H. W. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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This is material from the late 1990's and early 2000's, an easy and open look into women performing to their standards, not to some "marketability test standard." More like what we now call "folk" or "pop" than rock, this is two CDs, thirty one songs, music by women from the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, music with ths slower and lower folk/rock treatment instead of the higher energy "hard rock" or "hyperactive pop" treatments.

The recordings are a tour de force regarding the telling of a story in song, the clear move to set forth "something" instead of just yelling and jumping around on stage while fireworks go off.

As I have said before, this is well worth the money if you are into the folk/rock music, totally boring if you're into the Spice Girls or their ilk.
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