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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Audio Beaverhausen: Judy Collins' Strangers Again

Judy Collins' latest album, Strangers Again, begins with its title track, a duet with Ari Herst. In fact, the album is all duets. Judy's voice has perhaps never been as strong as it is here, and typically as clear as crystal.

Ms Collins has some great male vocalists aboard to sing with: Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges, Don McLean and Willie Nelson to name a few. I think a duet or two with women would have made Strangers Again even more striking but alas.

I have to admit that I prefer to hear Judy solo. Nonetheless, any new release by the singer is an event. The songs are all gorgeously composed. Fabulous rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Bih Bihman.

Judy reprises "Someday Soon," an old folkie song of hers, and Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," a number Ms Collins famously covered that was a radio hit. This version is sung with Don McClean.

"Races" is a strong closer.

 Recommended to all of Ms. Collins' fans for the holiday season.

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