This album came out in 1988 and covers the first decade of her career, which spanned 5 or 6 albums in total. As this is available for pennys through Amazon, it represents superb value and covers some terrific material from her early days. However, be warned that many of the most well known tracks ('Sports Car', 'Stay With Me Till Dawn', 'Phoenix' etc) are represented by live versions from the Road Noise album - all great recordings and well sung...but not the originals. Much of the other material is culled from the likes of 'Shoot the Moon' and 'The Cat is Out'. Enjoyable none-the-less.
on 12 November 2013
For a flavour of Judie Tzuke's earlier works, this is a handy reference point for any new fans. Over half of the superb Shoot The Moon is featured, along with much of the excellent follow-up Ritmo. Although there's only a single song (a radical take on Marvin Gaye's "You") from The Cat Is Out, it's a cracker and should have been a hit. The rest (tracks 11 - 18) is from the live double album Road Noise - songs off her first three albums (Welcome To The Cruise, Sports Car and I Am The Phoenix) plus a version of Free's "The Hunter". Hence the compilation is not a 'Greatest Hits' (as the classic "Stay With Me Till Dawn" isn't the single version) but rather a 'Best Of' (1982-1985) with a rocky emphasis, alongside the inevitable ballads. The live tracks are un-tweaked and deliberately have a bootleg rawness to them. A very talented singer/songwriter, who deserves much greater credit, with a great band - including in Mike Paxman a fine guitarist and co-writer.