Born To the Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins

Born To the Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins


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Although she is known primarily as an interpretive singer, Judy Collins has been placing her occasional compositions on her albums dating back to the inclusion of "Albatross," "Sky Fell," and "Since You Asked" (aka "Since You've Asked") on Wildflowers in 1967. The songs have appeared without fanfare, and yet their quality (consider "My Father" on 1968's Who Knows Where the Time Goes, "Secret Gardens" on 1973's True Stories and Other Dreams, and "Born to the Breed" on 1975's Judith) always suggested that, if only Collins were more prolific, she might join the ranks of the singer/songwriters whose work she celebrated in her cover recordings. Another suggestion, of course, was that if somebody just gathered together the songs she had written and recorded, it would make quite an album. Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins isn't that album exactly; it's a disc on which a group of different artists perform Collins' songs. The word "tribute" is perhaps ill-advised, not because the artists are not paying tribute -- they are -- but because this is a disc organized by Collins herself for her own record label, and calling it a tribute gives it an air of hubris; one doesn't usually put together one's own tributes, any more than one throws one's own birthday party. On the other hand, Collins certainly has an interest in promoting her own songs, and the album functions as a kind of glorified publisher's demo for that purpose. Of course, that understates the case heavily. Publishers generally do not get the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Chrissie Hynde, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Webb, and Dar Williams to tout their wares. That these artists were willing to participate is in itself a tribute to Collins, and they show her work off to good effect, usually by applying their own styles to the material. Collins' songs are craftsmanlike efforts that are varied in form and subject matter, from the personal reflection on her son that is "Born to the Breed" to a first-person story-song like "My Father," and on to politically driven pieces like "Song to Sarajevo." But they are always carefully written and highly poetic (as Leonard Cohen's recitation of the lyrics to "Since You've Asked" at the end demonstrates), and they boast flowing, classically influenced melodies that usually seem to have been written on the piano. That compilation album of Collins singing Collins should be taken up sometime, but until then Born to the Breed will serve as a collection that demonstrates the singer is an excellent songwriter as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2015
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157222524
catalogNumber: 2225
Rank: 66172


  1. Secret Gardens
  2. Easy Times
  3. Fisherman's Song
  4. Albatross
  5. Fortune of Soldiers
  6. Song For Martin
  7. Since You've Asked
  8. My Father
  9. Born To the Breed
  10. Trust Your Heart
  11. Fallow Way
  12. Weaver Song (Holly's Song)
  13. Song For Sarajevo
  14. Che
  15. Since You've Asked

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Joan Baez   Vocals
Leonard Cohen   Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Webb   Piano,Vocals
Bernadette Peters   Vocals
Dar Williams   Vocals
Tony Beard   Drums
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Chrissie Hynde   Vocals
Bob Mater   Drums
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Gordon Mote   Piano
Paul Ossola   Upright Bass
Tim Ouimette   Trumpet
Adam Seymour   Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass
Russell Walden   Piano
Stephen Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Richard Brice   Viola
Timothy Hale   Viola
Marvin Laird   Piano
Kent Wells   Guitar
Stephen Bryant   Violin
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Kenny White   Piano,Vocals
Cody Kilby   Guitar
James Mudriczki   Vocals
Grace Paradise   Harp
Chris Elliott   Piano
Rob Friedman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar
Julia Darling   Vocal Harmony
Tom Dziekonski   Violin
Ryan Scott   Guitar
Danny Roberts   Mandolin
Matt Lindsey   Bass
Andy Kingslow   Keyboards
Matt Kilmer   Percussion
Amy Speace   Vocals
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Ali Eskandarian   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Christopher Hoffman   Cello
Jagoda   Drums
Hattie Webb   Vocals
Peter Prosser   Cello
Bill Campbell   Drums
Jay Weaver   Bass
James Mastro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Talbot   Banjo
Rich Feridun   Electric Guitar
Mike Visceglia   Bass
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Christian Abel   Violin
Charlie Webb   Vocals
Russ Rizner   French Horn
Michael Stanbin   Performing Ensemble
Virginia Dzikeonski   Cello

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Producer
Judy Collins   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Photo Courtesy
David Buskin   Composer,Lyricist
Tim Coats   Engineer
Michael Golub   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Alan Silverman   Producer
Russell Walden   Orchestration
Rag   Engineer
Kerry Cunningham   Engineer
James Mudriczki   Producer
Rob Friedman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Tom Dziekonski   String Arrangements
Kill Henry Sugar   Producer,Instrumentation
Katherine DePaul   Executive Producer
Andy Kingslow   Programming,Producer
Rak   Engineer
Hattie Webb   Instrumentation
Scott Ross   Engineer
Stacy Keach   Composer,Lyricist
James Mastro   Producer
Dwight W. Batteau   Composer,Lyricist
Charlie Webb   Instrumentation

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