Judee's 1973 Sophomore Album On Hybrid SACD!
Mastered Direct-to-DSD From The Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Prepare To Be Blown Away By The Increased Inner Detail & Three-Dimensionality Of These Achingly Gorgeous Recordings!
Intervention Records is thrilled to announce that Judee Sill's classic 1971 debut, Judee Sill (Cat# IR-SCD15), and her stellar followup Heart Food (Cat# IR-SCD16) are coming to hybrid CD/SACD.
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 both mysticism and divine imagery, yet grounded by great songwriting and a pure but powerful singing talent. Her songs impart incredible intimacy that is enhanced and not diminished by her sometimes complex string/orchestral 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 these two albums her career never recovered. Sill was dead in 1979 at just 35. The brevity of Judee's musical legacy is vastly outweighed by the emotional power in these two extraordinary albums.
Heart Food is mastered Direct-to-DSD from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. This is the same mastering as Intervention's acclaimed double 45-RPM vinyl reissues!
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. These new Intervention reissues represent THE definitive listening experience for these classic LPs!
The second album Judee Sill made proved to be her last. This brief though enjoyable outing took its toll on Sill - a notoriously slow songwriter - during its making, turning her back to her recently kicked heroin addiction and away from the desire to create more music. Instead of using an outside arranger for the strings (as she did on her previous album), Sill did all of the work herself. Her lack of formal training and the immense amount of orchestral overdubs certainly would have made such an outing a hardship for anyone. The album doesn't suffer much from its sometimes syrupy exterior, though - the songs are almost as strong as any of those from her debut. To wit, Heart Food suffers only in comparison to its predecessor; otherwise, it's a stellar example of the kind of singer/songwriter fare the music industry was mining in the early '70s. The supporting cast of top L.A. studio musicians solidifies Sill's unique brand of country-flavored pop, which moves from introspective meanderings to loping rock, often within a single song.
Rapturous and otherworldly.
... it's hard to suppress the inner light of Sill's work. It shines.
- Super Audio CD
- SACD Stereo SACD Layer
- This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
- Mastered Direct-to-DSD From the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
- Super jewel box packaging
- 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