Whales & Nightingales

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Whales & Nightingales
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1970
ProducerMark Abramson
Judy Collins chronology
Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Whales & Nightingales
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceC+[2]

Whales & Nightingales is a 1970 album by Judy Collins. It peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.[3]

The album included material by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Jacques Brel and Joan Baez, as well as Collins' top-forty version of "Amazing Grace",[4] and the traditional "Farewell to Tarwathie", on which Collins sang to the accompaniment of humpback whales.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1971, for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Song for David" (Joan Baez) – 3:30
  2. "Sons Of" (Eric Blau, Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman; arranged and adapted by Joshua Rifkin) – 2:26
  3. "The Patriot Game" (Dominic Behan) – 4:06
  4. "Prothalamium" (Michael Sahl, Aaron Kramer; arranged and adapted by Joshua Rifkin) – 1:42
  5. "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" (Pete Seeger) – 3:57
  6. "Gene's Song" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Gene Morrow) – 1:22
  7. "Farewell to Tarwathie" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Judy Collins) – 5:31
  8. "Time Passes Slowly" (Bob Dylan) – 3:35
  9. "Marieke" (Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest; arranged and adapted by Joshua Rifkin) – 3:18
  10. "Nightingale I" (Judy Collins) – 2:11
  11. "Nightingale II" (Judy Collins, Joshua Rifkin) – 5:19
  12. "Simple Gifts" (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Judy Collins) – 1:32
  13. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton; arranged and adapted by Judy Collins) – 4:03


  • Judy Collins – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • John Nagy - string arrangement on "Time Passes Slowly"

Production notes[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r96074
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 7, 1971). "Consumer Guide (15)". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/judy-collins-mn0000294923/awards
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/305342/judy-collins/chart
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Judy Collins". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.