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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Paradise" Indeed,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)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!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an Angel,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)Another 5* album from the beautiful voice of Judy Collins. Highlights include a duet with Joan Baez on Joan's classic song "Diamonds And Rust", a spine-tingling version of "Over The Rainbow", Jimmy Webb's "Gauguin" and for lovers of old western songs "Ghost Riders In The Sky"!
A superb album from the Voice of an Angel. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)I have always been a big fan of Judy Collins and I just love this album! Her voice has really stood up well and the duet with Joan Baez on "Diamonds and rust " is superb. All in all, highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album...,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)Judy Collins, at the age of 71, just gets better.
'Paradise' is a fantastic album with no weak tracks - all 10 are top notch with "Dens of Yarrow" edging it as my favourite.
I highly recommend this CD for use at home and in the car... You won't be disappointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beauty & sincerity,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)This is a beautiful even if rather old fashioned sounding affair with Judy's clear voice at 70 years of age amazingly coming across still virtually as good as it did back then (recalling 'Both Sides Now' & 'Amazing Grace'). It is a fairly comfortable ride & Judy has not really taken any risks (musically) except has kept the backing dangerously sparse & simple at times which means her "luckily still" beautiful voice is the dominant factor & it works out well. With respect to songs about 911 then she does a great job here on 'Kingdom Come' and takes it from what could have been a corny piece to one of beauty & sincerity and is certainly an album highlight (the only one here written by Judy - also virtually acappella). Other top tracks are 'Diamonds & Rust' a duet with Joan Baez, 'Once I Was' (pretty Tim Buckley song), 'Weight Of The World' (fine anti war lyrics), 'Last Thing On My Mind' (really good to hear Stephen Stills here), 'Dens Of Yarrow' which is an old style traditional folk number of which Judy delivers beautifully, the tender 'Emilio' with Michael Johnson who sings & plays flamenco guitar, 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' which has Jimmy Webb & Tom Paxton among many on the catchy chorus, and finally the delicate 'Gauguin' about the strange story or journey of the painter who inspired the actual album title in his search for paradise. Generally excellently engineered & for Judy's fans (who are still many) plus those who like folk rock pop then they will or should be in raptures with this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise CD,
This review is from: Paradise (Audio CD)Really first rate cd great songs ( except for the first one) sung superbly. Certaily rates among her best
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