Fires of Eden

Fires of Eden

by Judy CollinsJudy Collins


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Fires of Eden marked Judy Collins' debut on Columbia Records, and she seemed to rise to the occasion with her best overall body of new material in more than a decade. Not everything on this album is memorable, but what is, is intensely so, beginning with the opening cut, "The Blizzard," a seven-minute epic that rates alongside any of Collins' most beautiful work from her classic years on Elektra. The words and music combine to form a screenplay in miniature, and the transitions between standard lyric and conversational passages in the lyric only add to the complexity of this long, flowing, lyrical piece. Her version of "The Air That I Breathe" is pretty enough, even if it won't make anyone forget the Hollies' recording, but a lot of the new songs have a special power. The title track offers an alluring vocal performance of a surprisingly impassioned lyric, while "Home Before Dark" presents her in a more ethereal mode. The production and instrumentation are the fullest heard on one of Collins' records since her transition from folk music to art song on the Wildflowers album, which makes the best of the melodies here come alive in rich and robust fashion.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2013
Label: Talking Elephant
UPC: 5028479021420
catalogNumber: 7902142
Rank: 71709


  1. The Blizzard
  2. Fortune of Soldiers
  3. Test of Time
  4. Fires of Eden
  5. Home Before Dark
  6. The Air I Breathe
  7. City of Cities
  8. Dreaming
  9. Queen of the Night
  10. From a Distance
  11. The Blizzard (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Amanda McBroom   Whisper
Ada Dyer   Background Vocals
Hiram Bullock   Electric Guitar
Omar Hakim   Drums
David Buskin   Piano,Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Gerre Hancock   Choir Director
Robin Batteau   Violin,Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Steve Burgh   Electric Guitar
Sonny Burke   Hammond Organ
Angela Cappelli   Background Vocals
Eddie Daniels   Clarinet,Soloist
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Bill Elliot   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Joseph Joubert   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Doug Katsaros   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Zev Katz   Bass
Barry Lazarowitz   Percussion,Drums
Will Lee   Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
John McCurry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lucy Simon   Background Vocals
St. Thomas Boys Choir   Background Vocals
Paul Viapiano   Guitar
Lisa Kirchner   Background Vocals
Hugh McCrackin   Acoustic Guitar
Susan Evans   Percussion
Rachele Cappeli   Background Vocals
Lou Voipe   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Judy Collins   Composer,Lyricist
Amanda McBroom   Composer,Lyricist
David Buskin   Composer,Lyricist
Kit Hain   Composer,Lyricist
Albert Hammond   Composer
Robin Batteau   Composer,Lyricist
William David Brohn   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Peter Bunetta   Producer,drum programming
Rick Chudacoff   Producer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Rob Eaton   Engineer
Julie Gold   Composer,Lyricist
Mark Goldenberg   Composer
Mike Hazelwood   Composer
Sammy Merendino   drum programming
Alan Silverman   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Lucy Simon   Producer
Susan Hamilton   Composer,Lyricist
Stacy Drummond   Art Direction
Rick Kerr   Engineer
Susan Evans   Producer
Kip Meyers   Cover Photo
Judy David   Composer,Lyricist
Barbara Aimes   Engineer

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