Watch the Stars

Watch the Stars

by Dorris HendersonDorris Henderson

CD(Remastered / Jewel Case / Reissue)

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The second and final record Dorris Henderson did with guitarist John Renbourn sharing billing as accompanist, 1967's Watch the Stars was similar in most respects to the first, 1965's There You Go. Again, it matched the American folksinger's strong, emotive voice to Renbourn's excellent picking, though the guitar work isn't as flashy or striking as what he'd play on subsequent Pentangle and solo releases. A little texture is added via contributions by bassist Danny Thompson (who of course went on to play and record with Renbourn in Pentangle) and guitarist Tim Walker (who also wrote one of the better tracks, "It's Been a Long Time"). The material was a little more adventurous than the largely traditional debut had been; there were a few traditional folk songs here, but also covers of material by Bob Dylan, Hedy West, and British folksinger Anne Briggs, as well as a few originals by Henderson herself. To its credit, it includes some material that is more moodily melodic than much folk of the time. "Mosaic Patterns" (co-written by Henderson and Briggs) and "Gonna Tell My Lord" (written by Henderson alone) are particular standouts in that respect, the latter featuring some of her most stirring, spiritual vocals. The 2005 CD reissue adds, as a bonus track, the non-LP 1967 single "Message to Pretty," a cover of a song from Love's first album. Unlike everything else on the record, it's actual electric folk-rock, though it wasn't as good as the original, with a vocal that was a shade too melodramatic.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2005
Label: Fledg'ling Uk
UPC: 5020393305525
catalogNumber: 3055
Rank: 82414

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dorris Henderson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
John Renbourn   Guitar
Tim Walker   Guitar
Danny Thompson   Bass

Technical Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Dorris Henderson   Arranger,Composer
John Renbourn   Arranger,Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Anne Briggs   Composer
Terry Brown   Producer,Liner Notes
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Arthur Lee   Composer
Tim Walker   Composer
Hedy West   Composer
Brian Shuel   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer

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