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Judee Sill

12 Feb. 2007 | Format: MP3

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This lady deserves to be up there with great songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny in my opinion. This album features the single " Jesus was a crossmaker " but for me the stand out track is definately Lady O. Just beautiful.

For those of you who know little about Judee here is a potted bio:

A singer/songwriter with deeply religious overtones and a penchant for the occult, Judee Sill is one of rock's more interesting and lesser-known stories. The daughter of old Hollywood money, Sill's father died when she was just a child, and her brother died in a car crash soon after, leading to a bleak outlook on life that she expressed in an arty, disaffected attitude. She disliked her stepfather and condemned her mother for remarrying; as a quiet form of vengeance, Sill set out to travel America and live a rambling lifestyle. She had been interested in playing music although was seemingly not serious about it until she began her travels, playing small coffee houses and dives for fun. She and her friends had always been into drugs for recreational and exploratory use, but as Sill stayed out on the road she began using heroin regularly, eventually developing a hundred-fifty-dollar-a-day habit. It was rumored (partly by Sill herself, although never confirmed) that she at one time had to prostitute herself in order to support her addiction. In the late '60s Sill was busted for heroin possession and served three months in prison, during which time she was able to kick her habit; when she returned to the world at large, she focused solely on making music. She returned to Los Angeles where, through her Hollywood connections, she was introduced to David Geffen. Geffen was in the process of creating Asylum Records, which was to focus exclusively on non-rock material.
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I had probably only heard Judee's song JESUS WAS A CROSSMAKER a handful of times when it was released in the early 70s (?) yet it would regularly pop into my head unbidden over the years. Elliptical, elusive and quite beautiful, the word "haunting" could have been specially minted for this song. I bought the album 4 years ago on the basis of this one tune figuring "This is so wonderful, how bad can the rest be?" Not bad at all as it transpired. Indeed it was one of those rare experiences as I played the album in the car on the way back from the store where each track made it's own impact and felt like an old, familiar friend. Love at first listen. How she came to record a debut album with such a unique, fully realised style is a stunning mystery. That the record failed to convert critical acclaim into hard sales figures is a bleak reminder of the artistic injustice that is prevalent in the world of poular music - never more so than now where brazenly shallow mediocrity rules the entertainment industry.
As they say "if you like this kind of thing it's the kind of thing you like" so I am always reluctant to recommend an album to strangers but JUDEE SILL hit my personal top ten with a bullet, has remained there ever since and always will. It's a travesty that she died, unrecognised in vile, self-destructive circumstances having made only 2 records. A strange musical hybrid of Bach-type sequences and C & W instrumentation the songs are built from individualistic chord structures and the sweetest of melodies. She played both guitar and piano with fabulous heart and control and, as with all great musicians, as an extension of the self.
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I do not normally write reviews but I bought this and Heartfood as LPs in the 70's and they are among my favourite albums. One of the other reviewers said they sound uninteresting at first but they sure stand repeated and repeated playing. I could not understand at the time why she was not feted as a great talent. I find a spirituality in all her work which is unusual. It's great that I can finally get CDs of both albums.
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After the adulation of Eva Cassidy and the continued deification of Nick Drake, is the music world ready for the next great re-discovery?
Judee Sill made only a couple of albums before drugs cut short her life, but this record is proof that her legacy should live on. it is a hauntingly beuatiful affair, with melodies that will lodge themselves in your head after only a couple of plays.
You need to get past the sub-Mamas & Papas la-di-da-ing and the irritation of too many late 60s strings poured like warm honey over some of the tracks, but the effort is worthwhile. This album will be in your CD player for weeks on end.
Try the first few bars of 'Abracadabra', gloriously enigmatic and ethereal; the unforgettable melody of 'Crayon Angels' or the punchy 'Jesus Was a Crossmaker', produced by Graham Nash. This is an album of fine songs delivered by a lady gifted with a silken voice, up there with the likes of Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell & Eva Cassidy as one of the great female vocalists of all time. The only regret is how much more she could have produced if her life was not so cut short.
Give this album to someone you love, or better still, buy it for yourself and treasure its every note!
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