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Judy Collins: True Stories And Other Dreams (Elektra)

Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, April 1973

LIKE AIR pollution or a sore that won't heal, Judy Collins will not go away. She is godlike only in that she's been around forever. On this, her eight-hundredth album, she finally ventures out of her comfortable art/folk idiom a bit, a brave move which may alienate both her remaining fans, one of whom happens to be crack Rolling Stone reviewer Stephen Holden, who calls TRUE STORIES Judy's "best album since her hugely underrated WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES." I don't know where Steve gets his records, but here in L.A. WHO KNOWS went for the exact same rate. ($5.98 list, $3.59 at the discount shops) as all her other albums. But who knows? Steve goes on to rave about the "glorious orchestral arrangements" and "insistent piano motifs" but I'll refrain from any more direct quoting and let you read it yourself in his forthcoming Straight Arrow anthology, Golden Holden, reportedly in the works right this minute.

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