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Cherry Red Records or, in this case, their subsidiary Grapefruit, are very good at putting together compilations. They pick a genre, engage some experts to select tracks with care, then lovingly put together a neat package with a very informative booklet. Their three disc, sixty song sets are always a pleasure.
This one celebrates the rise of the female voice in popular music, both vocally and in composition, that emerged from folk clubs in the US and the UK, worked its way through psychedelia, gospel and folk rock, then settled in Laurel Canyon.
There are well known artists, Joan Baez (Blessed Are…), Janis Ian (Society’s Child), Linda Ronstadt (Different Drum with The Stone Poneys), those you might have forgotten had Folk in their blood, Dana Gillespie (Foolish Seasons), Marianne Faithful (Something Better), Nico (Chelsea Girls), women who ‘disappeared’ for long periods, usually for a family life, Anne Briggs (Sandman’s Song), Vashti Bunyan (Love Song), Beverley Martyn (Auntie Aviator), some that never went away, Norma Waterson (Red Wine And Promises), Joan Armatrading (It Could Have Been Better), Buffy Saint-Marie (The Dream Tree) and others tinged with tragedy, Judee Sill (Jesus Was A Cross Maker), » Continue Reading.