Verified Purchase. Awesome sound on this record. Highly recommend. The story of her life contains elements that are all too common in the world of music - and in the larger one as well. A rebellious child of the 60s, Judee defined 'tumultuous' - marriage at a young age, time spent in reform school on an armed robbery conviction, addiction to heroin, prostitution to support her habit. Through all of this, Judee Sill - Judee Sill (Vinyl, and beyond, into the rest of her adult life, she showed an uncompromising strength of spirit that gave her the courage and ability to carry on.
She kicked heroin cold turkey in jail - and she found personal meaning in a facet of faith that resonated within her, which surged into her music and conveyed a refreshing and uplifting combination of innocence and certainty pushed ever forward with a yearning for growth without end.
It made her one of the greatest and most purely honest of the huge crop of singer-songwriters that filled the bins in the music stores in that era - and it has endowed her art with an edge that makes it as relevant today as when the album was first released, back in The spiritual images in Judee's songs spring from her interest and immersion in the more mystical forms of Christian study.
The notes in the accompanying booklet mention the Rosicrucian Order - I can see and hear references to elements of the Gnostic Gospels as well. Her religious beliefs were forged from a wide range of sources - she took Judee Sill - Judee Sill (Vinyl each one as it spoke to her, and she made them her own, which is as it should be. Unlike artists who would be considered 'gospel' or 'religious' singers, however, Judee's work never comes across as proselytizing or preaching - she's singing about topics that mean a lot to her, that have touched her life and brought her hope and strength.
There are earthly aspects to her songs as well - just as there are earthly aspects to our lives. No matter how far we reach with our minds and hearts, our feet remain planted on the earth, among our fellow human beings, replete with all emotional baggage. She sings of love in all of its forms - divine, lustful, and everything in between.
It's all a part of who we are - human - and Judee was no different. She was, Judee Sill - Judee Sill (Vinyl, however, blessed with the rare gift of being able to convey her thoughts and feelings in an amazingly insightful and moving way in song.
The arrangements on HEART FOOD are a bit fuller than the ones of her eponymous debut - the string charts in particular written by Judee are wonderful, accenting and framing the songs beautifully. The feel of this album runs the gamut from folk to country to gospel, with one track 'Soldier of the heart' boasting a more 'rock' arrangement, complete with a bluesy lead guitar line. Her voice is wonderful throughout - what you hear is pure Judee, no tricks, no frills, no cloyed 'perfect' pronunciation.
As the notes affirm, Judee sang just like she spoke - with an unaffected, natural twang, completely honest and unpretentious, straight LP the heart and soul. The re-mastering job on this extended re-release is beautifully full, crisp and clear - and the article in the booklet by Michele Kort, author of a biography of Laura Nyro is informative and balanced. There are nine extra tracks included here - 'The desperado', a song recorded during the sessions for the album but left off the final released; plus eight demo versions of various songs, which give the listener an opportunity to hear Judee perform them solo, without any back-up singers or instruments.
These demos are every bit as powerful in their own way as the more filled-out versions that were released on the album - which shouldn't be surprising: the power and soul of Judee's music is in her words and music, and even without the trappings, they shine like the rare jewels they are.
This edition, from Rhino Homemade, is limited to copies as is their simultaneous re-release of her first album - I don't know if it will be made available in a pared-down version or not. Judee's work is shamefully not very well-known, so my best advice would be to get this and the other album while you can. Heart Food is one of only two albums ever recorded by the mysterious Judee Sill, the erudite scion of a wealthy Hollywood family who ended up a penniless heroin addict. Despite the tragic sordidness of her life, Sill's ingenious lyrics are intensely devotional and cryptic, like poetic messages from the contemporary sibyl of some heretical Christian sect.
Her vocal range is astonishing and her pitch is perfect. It's like listening to the voice of some lost, wandering saint. The songs themselves are lushly arranged folk tunes with a strong country influence. Sill characterized her style as Country Cult Baroque, and that's as useful a label as any I can think of. The overall effect is intensely honest and moving.
This album was out of print for years, but Rhinohandmade has now produced a very limited number of definitive reissues, featuring an unreleased song and a set of haunting demos of Sill singing alone accompanied only by her piano or guitar. One person found this helpful.
Having worked my way through several "lost" albums and "over-looked classics" with varying results I am happy to report that this is as good as the best of its era and still sounds fresh today. I would recommend this as the first purchase for any one unfamiliar with Judee Sill as the demos and extras that you get on Abracadabra are more useful to fans desperate for more.
This version also comes with well written liner notes from Andy Partridge which I preferred to those on Abracadabra. If you are already familiar with the albums say looking to replace an old vinyl or lost copy then Abracadabra represents better value for money. Which ever you end up choosing I would suggest you can't really Album) wrong because you'll be getting a fabulous album either way.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. As ever, Amazon delivered this damaged. A large seam split along the bottom edge of the gatefold. This is now sold out on Amazon Prime, so there is no point returning it.
Disappointed for the prices Amazon charge. Judee Sill is the eponymous debut album by the American singer-songwriter and musician Judee Sill. Released on September 15,it was the first album on David Geffen 's Asylum label. While the majority of the album was produced by Henry Lewy, Graham Nash handled the duties for the single "Jesus Was a Cross Maker", with his production designed to aim for radio airplay.
The reissue earned a score of 10 for sound quality from noted vinyl critic Michael Fremer. Sill had played piano since her childhood, and honed her skills at reform school in the early s where she was sent for forging checks. After a drugs bust, Sill spent time in jail where she kicked her heroin addiction Album) made a promise to pursue a songwriting career.
The songs that appear on Judee Sill were mostly composed in — Musically, the songs are delivered in an acoustic style on guitar and, for "Jesus was a Cross Maker" and "Enchanted Sky Machines," piano. The songs, after work by Sill and Lewy, feature elements of pop, folk, country, and gospel, but also strong classical influences. Two of Sill's biggest influences were Bach and Ray Charles. Lyrically, Sill's songs follow a theme of finding redemption. Sill began touring as an opening act in latea year before the release of Judee Sill.
The set was recorded two days after the release of the "Jesus was a Cross Maker" single. Sill did not enjoy working as a support act. I'd rather stick a knife in my heart than go out and say, "Nice to be here! If somebody is ready to hear rock and roll they're ready to have a certain part of their mind or body stimulated. It's asking too much of anybody to suddenly switch round and have another part of them stimulated by something else.
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