Odetta Sings

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Odetta Sings
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1970
StudioMuscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals; Larabee Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreFolk, pop
ProducerJohn Boylan
Odetta chronology
Odetta Sings the Blues
Odetta Sings
The Essential Odetta

Odetta Sings is a 1970 album by Odetta. It is her only album for the Polydor label.

The album was recorded with a large number of well-known session musicians and special guests, and contained a significant amount of contemporary material. This includes work by Randy Newman, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Elton John and the Rolling Stones.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Allmusic stated in their review "Only two songs are written by Odetta herself, "Hit or Miss" and "Movin' It On," which is a shame since they are by far the best tracks of the album. Odetta's deep, dark, warm voice distinguishes her from most soul singers, and these two songs give an idea of what it could have sounded like had she decided to release a real soul album..."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me to the Pilot" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 2:53
  2. "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" (Randy Newman) – 2:53
  3. "Every Night" (Paul McCartney) – 3:02
  4. "Hit or Miss" (Odetta Gordon) – 2:52
  5. "Give a Damn" (Bob Dorough, Stuart Scharf) – 3:08
  6. "My God and I" (John Buck Wilkin) – 4:28
  7. "Lo and Behold" (James Taylor) – 2:58
  8. "Bless the Children" (Don Cooper) – 2:24
  9. "No Expectations" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:25
  10. "Movin' It On" (Odetta Gordon) – 2:32