Judith (album)

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Studio album by Judy Collins
Released March 1975
Recorded 1975, A&R Studios, New York
Genre Folk
Length 43:39
Label Elektra
Producer Arif Mardin
Judy Collins chronology
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(1973)True Stories and Other Dreams1973
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(1976)Bread and Roses1976
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Judith is American singer and songwriter Judy Collins' 12th studio album, released in 1975 by Elektra Records in both stereo (7E-1032) and CD-4 quadraphonic (EQ-1032) versions. It peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart,[1] and is her best-selling studio album to date, achieving Platinum status in the mid 1990s.[2]

Collins received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for her cover of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns".[3] Sondheim won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year that same year, based on the popularity of Collins' performance of the song on this album.[4] The single peaked at No. 36 on Billboard's Pop singles chart in 1975, and then reentered the chart in 1977, reaching No. 19; it spent a total of 27 non-consecutive weeks on this chart.[5]

The album also includes material by Steve Goodman, Danny O'Keefe, Wendy Waldman, Jimmy Webb, the Rolling Stones, and the 1930s standard "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", as well as three of Collins' own compositions- "Houses", "Song for Duke", and "Born to the Breed".[6]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1975, for sales of over 500,000 copes. It was later certified Platinum in 1996, for sales of over 1,000,000 copes.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:59
  2. "Angel Spread Your Wings" (Danny O'Keefe) – 3:05
  3. "Houses" (Judy Collins) – 4:32
  4. "The Lovin' of the Game" (Pat Garvey) – 3:03
  5. "Song for Duke" (Judy Collins) – 3:33
  6. "Send in the Clowns" (Stephen Sondheim) – 3:57
  7. "Salt of the Earth" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:59
  8. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Jay Gorney) – 3:13
  9. "City of New Orleans" (Steve Goodman) – 4:07
  10. "I'll Be Seeing You" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal) – 3:44
  11. "Pirate Ships" (Wendy Waldman) – 2:42
  12. "Born to the Breed" (Judy Collins) – 4:45


Production notes[edit]

  • Arif Mardin – producer
  • Jonathan Tunick – arranger, conductor ("Houses," "Send In The Clowns," and "I'll Be Seeing You")
  • Arif Mardin – arranger, conductor (remaining songs)
  • Phil Ramone – recording engineer
  • Glenn Berger – assistant recording engineer
  • Glen Christensen – art direction
  • David Larkham, Ron Wong– design
  • Francesco Scavullo – photography