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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Not Known
  • ASIN: B000002I2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Sons Of 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Patriot Game 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Prothalamium 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Oh, Had I A Golden Thread 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Gene's Song 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Farewell To Tarwathie 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Time Passes Slowly 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Marieke 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Nightingale I 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Nightingale II 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Simple Gifts 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Amazing Grace 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy on 26 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this album. A child of the 60's and a teenager in the early 70's, Judy Collins music invoked (and still does) the life and times of that era. The guitar music, the lyrics and Judy's own unique, haunting voice still have the power to send tingles down my spine.
The tracks with the whale song in the background are truly innovating and inspiring, and have not dated in the slightest. I defy anyone, no matter how hard-hearted not to be moved by this classic folk album.
This one has a firm place in my collection forever and I recommend it to anyone who truly values good music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had this on vinyl years ago, and have just bought the CD. To my mind this is Judy's best album, and it brings back a lot of memories from those days. Most people will know 'Farewell to Tarwathie' (because of the whales) and 'Amazing Grace', but may be unaware that every single song on this album is a gem. I love the pure voice and the arrangements, especially those by Joshua Rifkin. In fact one of my favourite tracks is 'Nightingale II', which is just his instrumental arrangement of Judy's own song 'Nightingale I' minus the voice. 'Nightingale' is Judy's only original composition on this album, which is fine; she is usually better at interpreting other people's songs than writing her own. I particularly like the two Jacques Brel songs, 'Marieke' and 'Sons Of'. (It was through Judy Collins that I first became aware of Jacques Brel, for which I will always be grateful to her. If you haven't checked out the man himself, then you really should.) Hard to pick a favourite. 'Oh, Had I a Golden Thread' is beautiful, but then so are they all. Perhaps if these songs were being recorded today, the sound quality might just be a little better, but never mind; it's the songs and the performances that matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cloudberry on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely one of her best two or three album and shows just why she became a superstar. The final track, 'Amazing Grace' is the best version of this song with the wonderful choral singing. The gem that is her version of 'Marieke' is another brilliant track.....and as for 'Sons of', 'The Patriot Game' and 'Golden Threat'. In fact, all thirteen tracks are brilliant, because Judy sings so beautifully, even though you can hear the quaver in her voice.

The instrumental version which is 'Nightingale II' is beautifully arranged by Joshua Rifkin and it all adds up to one of the all-time great albums. The Earth Mother's albums are still a joy to behold, and this one is a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was very happy to rediscover this CD of an album that I owned years ago. "Whales and Nightingales" was the third (and, I believe, the last, unfortunately) of the collaborations between Judy Collins and Joshua Rifkin, who, beginning with "In My Life" and then "Wildflowers," blended his classical touch with Ms. Collins' unique voice; their collaboration resulted in a series of remarkable productions.

The title derives from the recording of the haunting calls of real whales that accompany Ms. Collins' rendition of "Farewell to Tarwaithie", and two of the tracks are entitled "Nightingales." Of the many beautiful melodies on this CD, including the "Patriot Game," "Simple Gifts," and "Amazing Grace," my favorite is Jacques Brel's "Marieke," part of which is in Flemish--"mijn plaate land, mijn Vlanderland"--which always recalls the low clouds scudding over the green Netherlands, where I once lived.

"Whales and Nightingales," first produced in 1970, has worn very well. I never tire of hearing it. If you enjoy Judy Collins, beautiful melody and the classical touch, you too will enjoy "Whales and Nightingales."
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