Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ruthann Friedman - A Hurried Life - Lost Recordings (2006)



Ruthann Friedman -  A Hurried Life - Lost Recordings (2006)

Beautiful lost recordings from California folksinger Ruthann Friedman -- probably best known as the author of The Association's hit "Windy", but a heck of a great artist on her own! The tracks here are all pulled from Ruthann's private tapes, and document not only her fantastic (yet under-discovered) talent -- but also the fading glimmer of personally crafted folk music as the California scene of the 60s folded into the mainstream of the 70s. Many numbers often have a bit of a jazzy flourish -- if not in the guitar, then in the vocal inflections -- a style that's reminiscent of Joni Mitchell at her early best, but much more personal and intimate here. Titles include Friedman's own take on "Windy", plus "Sky Is Moving South", "Looking Glass", "Silver Bird", "Between The Lines", "Typical Sunday", "Hurried Life", and "That's All Right". -Dustygrooves-

Tracklist:

1. Hurried Life
2. That's All Right
3. To Treat a Friend
4. Sky Is Moving South
5. Looking Glass
6. Silver Bird
7. Between the Lines
8. I'm Askin'
9. Windy
10. Typical Sunday
11. Southern Comfortable
12. Alone at Last
13. Boy Took a Ticket
14. Method Madness
15. Little Girl Lost & Found

Ruthann Friedman -  A Hurried Life - Lost Recordings (2006)

20 comments :

Ol' Hank said...

Howdy mama Freak,

Thanks for the Ruthann post. This was on my list of "Maybes"--I saw it on Other Music's (in NYC) website as a recommendation. Since I was unfamiliar with her, the album faded into the background. WOW! What a spectacular album!!! You reference Joni in your notes, but I now think I dig Ruthann more!

Best,
Ol' Hank

Anonymous said...

Great stuff, big thanks. Will buy her other album now.

Anonymous said...

Hey, just discovered this blog, it's amazing! I'll definitely be checking it daily. Could you PLEASE repost Fresh Maggots? I've been literally searching for it for a year and a half. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just discovered this site and I'll definitely be checking it daily! Could you please repost Fresh Maggots? I've literally been searching for that album for a year and a half. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

isn't this 'alone at last' superb ?
happy discovery for me

Anonymous said...

isn't this 'alone at last' superb ?
happy discovery for me

Laruchis said...

Hi!
Thx a lot for this wonderful post.
I do appreciate.
Laruchis.

Nighthawk said...

Sublime gift, dear lady... Sublime gift... Ruthann is a pearl I haven't listened before. Thank ya for this very precious gift.

Anonymous said...

Hi: Just a general comment. Want to thank you for all the great tunes you've shared. Yours was the first blog I found and still has some of the best music I've DL'd over the last year. Would like to invite you to see my new blog, if you like, at:

http://flyingsaucersloveusall.blogspot.com

BTW, if Mr./Ms. Anonymous cannot find the Fresh Maggots, I have it thanks to Garden of Delights and I could probably get it to him/her.

Felix said...

Great blog you have! I just stumbled upon it and will be checking back often, but i was wondering if you could repost The Bachdenkel album, or the Trees album. I have been looking for both for some time now! anyway thanks and keep up the good worlk

Anonymous said...

Wauw! Thanks , it's great.

Muzikat said...

I recently discovered Ruthann's "Constant Companion" album and was blown away. I'm delighted to find this album with more new (to me) tracks by the great lady. Many thanks for sharing. This is a great blog - keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hi...This is Ruthann Friedman. I am very flattered by your terrific review. It is good to know that people out there in cyber space are enjoying my music....HOWEVER...please don't give it away for free..I worked hard to write those songs and I would like to earn some money from them (rank capitalist that I am lol)

A tune or two is okay...but both of my albums for free is really not good...

thanks in advance for pulling them down...
Ruthann

Anonymous said...

Ruthann, I don't blame you, and you deserve to reap reward from your hard work.

But surely you must know that when a song from an unreleased, minimally produced album like this is freely offered, it doesn't diminish the sales of your released albums. If anything, it will lead to greater sales.

Please reconsider. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

that is not Ruthann Friedman at all who posted that. what a load of shit its this guy who goes under the name of manfinger over on the community live journal forums he's been caught trying to pull this type of stuff before as he's against file sharing.

Anonymous said...

afortunatly..i got one copy of this wonderful Album..this is the best music I ever listened..beautiful songs!!!!!
& Constant Companion is another cool Album..... I love Ruthann Friedman :)

Anonymous said...

Any other music like Ruthann Friedman or similar?

Anonymous said...

Hi...whoever said this is not me...well it is. Go to my web site and email me and I will respond and let you know this is not some whako... If you like my music there are some new tunes on my myspace page as well as some on my website. You can get to one from the other. Google me and find my OFFICIAL site. And as I said before...if you would like to use a couple of the songs from my albums that are your favorites...please do. It is nice hearing Windy in its original flavor.
Thanks again for the support
ruthann Friedman

Anonymous said...

If you want there is the link in the web but is difficult to find.
Two great albums of Folk Underground...
Stephanie says

Anonymous said...

I love playing and listening to music.
I earn money by stacking shelves.!!
"Ruthann Friedman - Lost Recordings (1965-1971)" Great Album..
New Link..
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