Strangers Again

Strangers Again

by Judy CollinsJudy Collins


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In the four years since her previous studio LP, 2011's Bohemian, vocal icon Judy Collins added a spate of live releases and another holiday album to her prolific late-career catalog. Well into her sixth decade as a recording artist, she has little left to prove and yet she shows no signs of slowing her pace as she delivers Strangers Again, a 12-song collection of duets, all with men. The format was casual with each of her chosen counterparts given the option to either sing a song of Collins' choosing or bring his own selection to the table. While much of the material here falls pretty squarely in each vocalist's wheelhouse, there are a few surprises. With his pleasantly rough-hewn voice, actor Jeff Bridges has tended to skew toward country and roots songs in his music career, but his choice of the Leonard Bernstein-penned "Make Our Garden Grow" from the musical Candide puts both singers on common ground as they step out beyond their expected repertoire. Other tracks make perfect sense, like her duet with veteran songwriter Marc Cohn on James Taylor's poignant "Belfast to Boston" or on Randy Newman's lovely "Feels Like Home" which apparently was given to Jackson Browne when Newman politely refused to pair his limited vocal chops with Collins' still-fluid soprano. Among her well-established gentlemen peers, there are also some younger foils holding their own, with New York singer/songwriter Ari Hest offering up his own song for the title track and Norwegian indie folk crooner Thomas Dybdahl doing the same on "From Grace." Still, one the album's strongest cuts features another prolific icon whose strange, sandy tenor has dueted with the best of them. When Willie Nelson's timeless cracked tenor interweaves with Collins' dreamy musings on the moody, banjo-led "When I Go," it's the sound of two interpretive masters doing what they do best.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0889466003226
catalogNumber: 32
Rank: 22575


  1. Strangers Again
  2. Miracle River
  3. Belfast to Boston
  4. When I Go
  5. Make Our Garden Grow
  6. Feels Like Home
  7. From Grace
  8. Hallelujah
  9. Someday Soon
  10. Stars in My Eyes
  11. Send in the Clowns
  12. Races

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Irwin Fisch   Keyboards
Seth Glassman   Bass
Zev Katz   Bass
Robbie Kondor   Keyboards
Ira Siegel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russell Walden   Piano
Gerry Leonard   Electric Guitar
Morten Qvenild   Piano,Keyboards
Pål Hausken   Percussion,Drums
Thomas Dybdahl   Acoustic Guitar
Ari Hest   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Arntzen   Upright Bass
Erlend Aasland   Pedal Steel Guitar
Doug Yowell   Percussion,Drums
Yoed Nir   Soprano,Cello
Bennett Sullivan   Banjo

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Judy Collins   Producer,Executive Producer
Marvin Etzioni   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Richard Wilbur   Composer
Amy Holland   Composer
Mickey Raphael   Additional Production
Buddy Cannon   Additional Production
Dave Carter   Composer
Bernie Chiaravalle   Composer
Patrick Dillett   Vocal Engineer
John Goodwin   Composer
Mac McAnally   Vocal Engineer
Don Rollins   Composer
Alan Silverman   Producer
Russell Walden   Arranger
Grady Walker   Vocal Engineer
Sven Holcomb   Vocal Engineer
Jody Gray   Composer
Glen Hansard   Composer
Ian Tilley   Vocal Engineer
Katherine DePaul   Producer,Executive Producer
Rich Tosi   Vocal Engineer
Thomas Dybdahl   Composer,Additional Production
Ari Hest   Composer

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