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recording career began on an overcast, chilly Sunday afternoon in
Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961..." So begins,
in Judy Collins' own words, the fascinating liner notes for Forever,
The Judy Collins Anthology, which brilliantly chronicles the
singer, songwriter, human rights activist's legendary career.
The collection, a winding musical map of Ms. Collins' most
treasured hits as well as rarer nuggets, also sheds light on
America's most socially active musical era, of which Ms. Collins
became an integral force in the 60s and 70s.
Her voice has carried us through many times, yet remains timeless
- "a voice of liquid silver." Ms. Collins' old friend,
poet and songwriter Richard Farina, once described Judy's voice
this way: "If amethysts could sing ... they would sound like
Forever, The Judy Collins Anthology is the culmination of a
musical legacy that has seen her release 19 albums with Elektra,
several of which have achieved gold or platinum status. Included
among the 35 songs are folk standards and hits such as, "Someday
Soon," "Both Sides Now," "Masters Of War",
and a new recording of her early folk classic, "Chelsea
Morning", as well as the 70's classics "Amazing
Grace" and "Send In The
Clowns", and 4 new songs, including a memorable
collaboration with The Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela, "Nothing
A legendary performer, Ms. Collins' career has taken her around
the world many times, so it was obviously no easy task to gather
songs that have influenced so many lives. President and Mrs.
Clinton named their daughter Chelsea after the classic
"Chelsea Morning." "I decided to record a new
version of "Chelsea Morning," says Ms. Collins. "I
wanted to marry old and new, to build a bridge between past and
Ms. Collins early musical background was classical piano. Her
father, Chuck Collins was a singer, composer, philosopher and
broadcaster during the golden age of radio. By the age of 10 Ms.
Collins was studying with mentor Antonia Brico, the famed
orchestral conductor who had made a name for herself conducting
major symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe. In 1974
Ms. Collins produced and co-directed (with Jill Godmilow) a prize
winning documentary about the conductor, Antonia: A portrait Of
The Woman. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best
Documentary, as well as being named one of the top ten films of
the year by Time Magazine.
Ms. Collins has recorded an incredible 29 albums in her career,
including classics such as her 1965 solo concert New York At
The Town Hall, 1966's In My Life, the above-mentioned Wildflowers,
(the first album to include her own material) featuring the first
song she ever wrote, "Since You
Asked". Other memorable albums followed, including Who
Knows Where The Time Goes, featuring Stephen Stills playing on
"My Father", "Who Knows Where
The Time Goes" and "Some
Stills' and Collins' relationship would eventually lead to Stills
penning the classic "Suite Judy Blue Eyes," which he
wrote about Ms. Collins.
In 1972, Ms. Collins released the classic Colors Of The Day. To
this day the album remains one of WEA's Top 50 catalogue albums,
year in, year out, for the past 26 years. In 1977 Elektra put out
a fifteen year collection of songs celebrating Ms. Collins'
amazing career as a vocalist, So Early In The Spring. More albums
followed. Her last Elektra album (before the Anthology) would be
the David Gruzin produced Home Again.
Ms. Collins kicked off the '90's with the inspired Fires Of
Eden, a collection mostly of her own song-writing, and soon
after recorded Judy Collins Sings Dylan Just Like A Woman,
which garnered rave reviews. In 1994 she became a UNICEF
spokesperson. The decade also saw her continue to perform a
rigorous touring schedule of more than 70 concerts a year
Ms. Collins has also done her share of acting beginning in 1969 at
New York's Shakespeare Festival when she played Solveig in Peer
Gynt opposite Stacy Keach. She also appeared in the Arnold
Schwarzenegger film Junior, the CBS series Christy, among
other roles and cameo appearances.
Her entire list of accomplishments would take an endless
amount of pages to relate. Through it all, she has always remained
the optimist, spreading the same joy she finds in her music to the
rest of the world. Her most important creative years are still