Judee Sill – Judee Sill

ARTIST: Judee Sill 220px-Juddee_Sill_debut
TITLE: Judee Sill
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Jesus Was a Cross Maker, The Lamb Ran Away with the Crown
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Crayon Angels
LINEUP: Judee Sill, David Crosby, session players & orchestras
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Gifted songwriter and tragic figure records an album that crosses folk, classical and gospel elements.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Judee Sill’s songs were loved by artists as diverse as the Turtles, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash and David Crosby. Today, they’re loved and revered by songwriters and folk artists of all sorts. It’s not hard to see why.

Her songs are full of musical adventures, with influences appearing everywhere. Her lyrics are full of spiritualism; her arrangements are simple at the core yet when orchestrated are beautiful. Her voice is comforting and reassuring. This despite a life up to that point was full of trouble and torture (reform school, heroin addiction, prostitution, a forgery conviction). There’s hope in the songs for a better life.

This is an album to turn to when you’re feeling down and blue. It’s mellow mood, orchestration, and uplifting lyrics can’t help but warm your soul.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: She was the first artist signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A Rhino Handmade re-issue had a live concert attached..

GRADE: A: Sill was a major talent that deserved a wider audience besides the songwriters and folk fans that gravitated to her.

 

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