Monday, August 21, 2006

Judee Sill - Judee Sill (1971)



Judee Sill - Judee Sill (1971)

Judee Sill was a true original. A singer-songwriter with a wealth of influences and a fascination with religion, she referred to her work as "country-cult-baroque." She was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum label, and, along with Joni Mitchell and Carole King, exemplified the breezy "Laurel Canyon Sound" of the early '70s. Sill scored moderate hits with "Lady-O" (originally written for The Turtles) and "Jesus Was A Cross Maker" and released two albums -- 1971's Judee Sill and 1973's Heart Food -- before suffering chronic pain and eventually dying of a drug overdose at age 35.
Sill grew up in Oakland, California, and began playing piano at age three. A troubled family life and brushes with the law landed her in reform school, where, as church organist, she developed the gospel style that would characterize her future recordings. After a stint in college and three down-and-out years of addiction, she cleaned up and began work on her dream of becoming a songwriter. She spent a short time penning songs for The Turtles' production company before signing her own deal with Asylum.
For her self-titled debut, Sill gathered a production team that included Jim Pons and John Beck of The Leaves, as well as engineer/producer Henry Lewy, known for his work with Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Leonard Cohen. Her guitar playing provides the foundation for most of the songs, joined by various combinations of pedal steel, strings, and brass. "Jesus Was A Cross Maker," built on a bed of Sill's gospel-flavored piano, was produced by Graham Nash and crafted as a single. Rich with cosmic imagery and ambiguously spiritual lyrics, the songs on Judee Sill often blur the line between the earthly and the divine.

Judee Sill - Judee Sill (1971)

19 comments :

Nick said...

Thanks for this - I've been looking for it for ages . Takes me back to the early 70s in London. Magical.

whiteray said...

Hey -- great post! Thanks much -- it takes me back, as well, though not to any place so magical as London,

Anonymous said...

Thanks! great blog

Now To The Power Of Now said...

Lovely!

Vertigo said...

Such a beautifull album taking me back to good moments too. I have it on vinyl and this way I can carry it with me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this.......I'd really like to get a copy of Heart Food as well which I used to think was better than this album....I do hear that Sufjan Stevens was influenced by Judee's albums.... he has gone up in my estimation !
Hoping that she is resting in peace

Now To The Power Of Now said...

She is like Laura Nero in spots & Carole King in others. Fragile!

dweller said...

thanks

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic album and a fantastic blog, thank you so much.

Now To The Power Of Now said...

Wow, this girl is quite colorful. Please read the interviews with her from the early 70's.
http://kneeling.co.uk/frames2.asp?pages/jsill/default.asp
Thanks again for this one! I had "Heart Food", but this one made me a fan.

Flight said...

one of the best records ever made. Thanks for the quality of rip

Ben said...

This is one of the greatest. Soaring visions of the angels abd beauty. one of those records that makes you breath in deep and say, 'Its good to be alive today'

R.I.P Poor Judee

dan said...

do you have Judee Sill's Heart Food?
can you upload it if you have please...

thanks before

Jorge said...

This is a great album, and this is a great blog, so it makes sense to find it here. I leava a good link about her:

http://kneeling.co.uk/frames2.asp?pages/jsill/default.asp

Could you please post - if it's possible for you - Heart Food? That would be EXCELLENT!!

Thanks

Jorge Batista (Lisboa-Portugal)

Jorbatis@gmail.com

kty said...

I`d like to request.
Please repost!

kodak ghost said...

Please please re up. My Vinyl cant take it anymore

Sean said...

Please re-up! Pleeeeeeeeease!! x

Γιώργος απο Καλλιθέα said...

http://rs230.rapidshare.com/files/137881718/JudSil71.rar

Γιώργος απο Καλλιθέα said...

http://rs230.rapidshare.com/files/137881718/JudSil71.rar