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Windy: A Ruthann Friedman Songbook
 
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Windy: A Ruthann Friedman Songbook

26 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Now Sounds
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Cherry Red Records
  • Total Length: 46:11
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  • ASIN: B00KJW9H3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,453 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Now Sounds are currently probably the best record label in the Cherry Red conglomerate who have produced a consistent stream of excellent reissues, vault excavations and compilations over the past few years. Now Sounds remastering is always superb as are their liner notes (often with evocative photos) and the graphic design is from the top drawer. I am therefore pleased to report this latest CD continues this trend unearthing a 'lost' album from the obscure songstress responsible for the Sunshine Pop classic "Windy" taken to the top of the charts by The Association in '67. A demo of that track sung by the songwriter is here (recorded after the Association hit with it) together with a bunch of sessions, often with backing by members of the wrecking crew, for an aborted album for A&M as well as some earlier '66 sessions with the legendary Sunshine Pop producer Curt Boettcher. All this stuff is primo once you've gotten used to Ruthann's slightly unorthodox artless singing style - the songs range from Sunshine Pop to Folk Rock to Mild Psych and one track even has a hint of Garage Rock ('Burning House') to it. The playing is fantastic with some surprisingly famous names in there including Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks & Ron Elliot (of the cult San Fran mid-60's folk-rockers; The Beau Brummels).

Particular favourites include the baroque "Don't Say No" later covered by the L.A. Psycher's The Oracle, the sitar-laced "Raining Down On My House" and the folk-rocking "Halfway There". She also knocks out pretty effective covers of Van Dyke Parks' "High Coin" and Randy Newman's oft-covered "I Think It's Going To Rain Today".
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had to buy this after getting great reviews.great voice and songs a re brilliant.i love the associations music and loved the version of windy on here
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Ruthan Friedman became well known as the friend of the Association rock group who wrote the song Windy, that became instant #1 Billboard at the time and one of the most airplayed songs in the radio. Now in 2013 they release a compilation of her songbook (there is a second CD after this album in the Market now). Of course she sangs Windy and other songs, most of them written herself and played by a first grade line up of side musicians. She as a singer started to sing in a high key showing limited voice habilities, but later the producer corrected this making her singing in a lower key getting a better result. The booklet that comes with the CD tells very interesting stories with Stephen Stills, Jefferson Airplane and others. She was considered to be the singer for the Jefferson Airplane in the place of Signe Tolne Anderson, but the history told us that Grace Slick got the lead. I though that she could tried harder for the position and the story could be very different for her. She lacked of self confidence in her career at that time.
Well this is a CD for Association's fans and those who like some rock history.
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