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Judy Collins: Judy Collins 3/In Concert

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

ARGUABLY THE best female folk voice of the age, Judy Collins brought a fresh commercial edge to the early ‘60s East Coast folk revival. Her third album was a major breakthrough in the genre, with its versions of contemporary songs – Dylan’s "Masters of War" among them – sitting comfortably alongside the cosier readings of Pete Seeger and company. Even here, with a young Roger (then plain Jim) McGuinn guesting on future Byrds smash "Turn! Turn! Turn!", the seeds of change are being planted. Dylan’s "Hattie Carroll" is among the songs covered stirringly at Collins’ 1964 live set from NYC’s Town Hall.

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