13 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Judy Collins had a hit with the spiritual “Amazing Grace,” further proving the woman could sing any type of song and receive notice. Her ear for a song was unerring and here she pulls from a variety of sources. Joan Baez’s “Song for David” is perfect in either’s hands, with Collins finding a gentler touch. Jacques Brel haunts the album with “Sons Of” and “Marieke,” songs that trend towards Collins’ love for the art song and towards loftier arrangements. The strings are gaining ground and Collins works with arranger Joshua Rifkin on the overwhelming classical feel of “Nightingale, No. II.” Pete Seeger’s “Oh, Had I a Golden Thread” is brought into the living room with a beautiful piano arrangement. Bob Dylan’s minor masterpiece, “Time Passes Slowly,” has its nuances explored in ways that he never searched. “Farewell to Tarwathie” is the most stunning and adventurous piece here. Collins, draped in a thick wash of reverb, sings over the accompaniment of humpback whales.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Judy Collins had a hit with the spiritual “Amazing Grace,” further proving the woman could sing any type of song and receive notice. Her ear for a song was unerring and here she pulls from a variety of sources. Joan Baez’s “Song for David” is perfect in either’s hands, with Collins finding a gentler touch. Jacques Brel haunts the album with “Sons Of” and “Marieke,” songs that trend towards Collins’ love for the art song and towards loftier arrangements. The strings are gaining ground and Collins works with arranger Joshua Rifkin on the overwhelming classical feel of “Nightingale, No. II.” Pete Seeger’s “Oh, Had I a Golden Thread” is brought into the living room with a beautiful piano arrangement. Bob Dylan’s minor masterpiece, “Time Passes Slowly,” has its nuances explored in ways that he never searched. “Farewell to Tarwathie” is the most stunning and adventurous piece here. Collins, draped in a thick wash of reverb, sings over the accompaniment of humpback whales.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

britishyank ,

Amazing.

I have loved this album since it first came out in the 70's - what a fantastic voice .My absolute favourite is Farewell to Tarwathie which is accompanied by the song of Whales - hauntingly beautiful.

pwalsh67 ,

Awesome

Her version of The Patriots Game is simply perfect. Flawless.

l-xihente ,

Still awesome!!!!!!

A thousand years ago, when FM radio was in its infancy, I heard this voice and it was beautiful. FM Radio then played all new music from new artists AND they played all of their tracks and hearing her voice I quickly went and bought this album. I have since gave away my vinyl collection (sniff) and replaced many with digital copies. Today, I happened to think of "Whales and Nightingales" and had to get it back. Listen to it in a calm and quiet place and you will not be disappointed.

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