A 59-year-old Odetta appears at the Women in (E)motion Festival in Bremen, Germany, in 1990 on this live recording. This is a representative performance by the veteran folksinger, which is to say that she mixes traditional folk and blues material with the occasional song by a singer/songwriter who is a near-contemporary of hers, such as "Until It's Time for You to Go" by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Odetta accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, intoning the lyrics in her rich contralto voice before an enthusiastic audience. Her phrasing is at times more mannered than it was in her early years, and she plays to the crowd, sometimes exaggerating her interpretations. At times, she dispenses with the accompaniment to sing a cappella, which brings particularly strong reactions from the crowd.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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