Judy Collins

Amazing Grace (Best Of) [Elektra/Lightyear]

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This British Judy Collins best-of drawn from her Elektra Records catalog of 1961-1984 necessarily focuses on her biggest U.K. hit "Amazing Grace." (The album is not to be confused with her 1985 British album, Amazing Grace, originally released on the Telstar label, which consisted of new recordings.) Her other big hits, "Both Sides Now" and "Send in the Clowns," are missing, as are such favorites as "Suzanne." Curiously, the collection does include other songs written by the people who came up with those songs, Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," Stephen Sondheim's "Pretty Women," and Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye," respectively, as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Pete Seeger, and Tom Paxton, not to mention Collins' 1968 U.S. hit cover of Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon" and her version of the Cats ballad "Memory." Thus, there's plenty of good material here, making this more a representative sampling of Collins' Elektra work, rather than a "greatest-hits" set.

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