AAA Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at Gotta Groove Records on Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl!
Double 45rpm LPs for Extreme Sound Quality!
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Judee Sill's classic 1973 sophomore album, Heart Food, is cut as a double-45RPM LP set and pressed on dead-quiet 180-gram vinyl.
The astonishing Judee Sill was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records, and Judee Sill the first album released on the label. Sill's music is intensely spiritual, redolent of mystical and divine imagery, yet grounded by great songwriting and a pure but powerful singing talent. Her songs impart incredible intimacy that is enhanced by her sometimes complex string arrangements (remarkably Sill arranged and conducted the strings/orchestra on her albums!).
Sill's life was tragic personally and professionally. Her father and brother were killed when Sill was young, and her tempestuous relationship with her alcoholic (and remarried) mother resulted in her leaving home at 15. She committed robberies and began a battle she was destined to lose against drug addiction. When stardom didn't follow the critical acclaim of her first two albums her career never recovered. Sill was dead from a drug overdose in 1979 at just 35.
The brevity of Judee's musical legacy is outweighed by the emotional power and weight of her first two extraordinary albums, Judee Sill and Heart Food. AAA mastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, the master tapes are in beautiful shape, and listeners will be blown away by the revelatory inner detail and three-dimensionality retrieved from these achingly gorgeous recordings. This Intervention reissue represents THE definitive listening experience for this classic album! The original LP art has been beautifully restored by IR's Tom Vadakan and the old-style, "tip-on, brown-in" gatefold jackets are printed by Stoughton.
With strings, a wide range of instruments, and vocal overdubs, Heart Food has several layers, so it runs the risk of becoming congested, but the Intervention LP, mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio and pressed at RTI, sounds remarkably open and spacious, the warm sonics a perfect match for such heartfelt music.
And then I heard 'The Kiss' from 1973's Heart Food. If ever there was a song that lived up to the glorious, simultaneous heartbreaking and mending I might expect from a symphony to God, it's this.
This sequel to her eponymous debut would be the last released in her lifetime. If you fell in love with her music because of it, Heart Food will increase your sadness at her demise. Released in 1973, it enhanced her reputation with material left over from the first album, but re-recorded for this set, while stand-out tracks from this eloquent, elegiac singer-songwriter include "The Kiss" and "There's A Rugged Road", both oft-covered. Behind her were stellar musicians including Chris Etheridge on bass, drummer Jim Gordon, bluegrass deity Doug Dillard on banjo, and Buddy Emmons on pedal stell guitar. Yes, this is another masterpiece.
- AAA Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes
- Double 45rpm LPs for Extreme Sound Quality
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
- Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl
- Pressed at Gotta Groove Records
- Beautifully Restored Gatefold Jacket Art by Stoughton
- 4-page Booklet Glued into Gatefold Jacket
- There's a Rugged Road
- The Kiss
- The Pearl
- Down Where the Valleys Are Low
- The Vigilante
- Soldier of the Heart
- The Phoenix
- When the Bridegroom Comes
- The Donor