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Judee Sill (1944-1979)

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cptsnapper 28 Nov 06 - 02:03 AM
DriveForever 28 Nov 06 - 02:43 AM
GUEST,Art Thieme 28 Nov 06 - 09:35 PM
Amos 28 Nov 06 - 09:51 PM
MAG 28 Nov 06 - 11:31 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 29 Nov 06 - 10:16 PM
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cptsnapper 23 Nov 09 - 05:13 PM
Linda Kelly 23 Nov 09 - 05:39 PM
GUEST,Clive Pownceby 18 Feb 10 - 02:59 PM
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Subject: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration
From: cptsnapper
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:03 AM

Judee Sill - 7th. October 1944 / 23rd. November 1979. In my opinion an amazing talent who shouldn't be forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: DriveForever
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 02:43 AM

Absolutely ! Wonderful singer & songwriter, some of the most beautiful & soulful songs I've ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 09:35 PM

I should know her, but I can't recall anything other than that her name seems familiar. Please remind me!?

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: Amos
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 09:51 PM

From an online review:

"Judee Sill was a true original. A singer-songwriter with a wealth of influences and a fascination with religion, she referred to her work as "country-cult-baroque." She was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum label, and, along with Joni Mitchell and Carole King, exemplified the breezy "Laurel Canyon Sound" of the early '70s. Sill scored moderate hits with "Lady-O" (originally written for The Turtles) and "Jesus Was A Cross Maker" and released two albums -- 1971's Judee Sill and 1973's Heart Food -- before suffering chronic pain and eventually dying of a drug overdose at age 35.

Sill grew up in Oakland, California, and began playing piano at age three. A troubled family life and brushes with the law landed her in reform school, where, as church organist, she developed the gospel style that would characterize her future recordings. After a stint in college and three down-and-out years of addiction, she cleaned up and began work on her dream of becoming a songwriter. She spent a short time penning songs for The Turtles' production company before signing her own deal with Asylum.

For her self-titled debut, Sill gathered a production team that included Jim Pons and John Beck of The Leaves, as well as engineer/producer Henry Lewy, known for his work with Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Leonard Cohen. Her guitar playing provides the foundation for most of the songs, joined by various combinations of pedal steel, strings, and brass. "Jesus Was A Cross Maker," built on a bed of Sill's gospel-flavored piano, was produced by Graham Nash and crafted as a single. Rich with cosmic imagery and ambiguously spiritual lyrics, the songs on Judee Sill often blur the line between the earthly and the divine.

This Rhino Handmade release of Judee Sill has been remastered from original source materials and expanded with ten bonus tracks. "The Pearl" and "The Phoenix," which appear in more produced versions on Sill's second album, Heart Food, are included here in their original form. Also included are a home demo of "Jesus Was A Cross Maker" and a complete October 1971 performance at the Boston Music Hall.

Judee Sill is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies.

TRACK LISTING
WITH QUICKTIME AUDIO SAMPLES
JUST CLICK ON THE BEFORE EACH TITLE TO LISTEN
ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE
TRACK LISTING

   CRAYON ANGELS    (2:35)
   THE PHANTOM COWBOY    (1:40)
   THE ARCHETYPAL MAN    (3:35)
   THE LAMB RAN AWAY WITH THE CROWN    (3:10)
   LADY-O    (3:10)
   JESUS WAS A CROSS MAKER    (3:20)
   RIDGE RIDER    (4:28)
   MY MAN ON LOVE    (3:23)
   LOPIN' ALONG THRU THE COSMOS    (3:00)
   ENCHANTED SKY MACHINES    (2:40)
   ABRACADABRA    (1:54)
   THE PEARL (Original Version)    ()
   THE PHOENIX (Original Version)    ()
   INTRO/THE VIGILANTE    ()
   LADY-O    ()
   ENCHANTED SKY MACHINES    ()
   THE ARCHETYPAL MAN    ()
   CRAYON ANGELS    ()
   THE LAMB RAN AWAY WITH THE CROWN    ()
   JESUS WAS A CROSS MAKER    ()
   JESUS WAS A CROSS MAKER (Home Demo)    () "

If you click the link above you can go to this page and hear samples of the listed cuts in her unusual, sweet voice.

A


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: MAG
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 11:31 PM

Ginny Clemens did a couple of her songs, Art; notably "Lady-O."


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 10:16 PM

MAG,

That's right! I knew I'd heard some of her music once upon a time...

Ginni! Of course!! --- She, too, went way before she shoulda. It's calming just to remember Ginni...

Thanks.

Art


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill - Belated Commemoration 1944-79
From: Wacko Jacko
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 06:48 AM

Have a look on myspace, key Judee Sill in and there's some mp3's you can download. Steve


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Subject: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: cptsnapper
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 05:13 PM

It's 30 years since Judee Sill died: her music still touches me.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 23 Nov 09 - 05:39 PM

Me too - a unique talent -her vulnerabilty shone through her music. Such a sad life.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:59 PM

The BBC 'live' recordings album has just been made available again at mid-price. Features interview with Bob Harris. Wasn't she just the best? What depth of feeling in her voice and what mystical/spiritual lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:24 PM

Much respect.

For those who don't know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0feFedDW_iQ


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: Wesley S
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:43 PM

She was underated and underexposed.


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Subject: RE: Judee Sill 30th. Anniversary
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 04:54 AM

Another great piece of footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp1qAh4n128


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