180-gram 45 RPM double LP
"You'll also hear in Sills' melodic constructions echoes of other young musicians of that time especially Jackson Browne, but Sill establishes here her own voice. You will hear through her imagery, religious and otherwise, a longing for normalcy and redemption, as well as betrayal and other of the often sad and empty experiences Sill endured in her life ... The more you learn of Sills' short, tragic life, the more you will appreciate the beauty and delicate imagery that fill these two albums. ... So you have a long forgotten gem (though an album still revered a friend tells me by many of today's top young L.A. area talents), engineered by the great Henry Lewy, superbly reissued on double 45 RPM vinyl cut from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray and Tip-On gatefold jacket packaged too. ... Originals regularly go for more than the cost of this Intervention reissue and they do not sound as good." — Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com
- AAA Mastered From the Original Analog Master Tapes
- Double 45 RPM LPs for Extreme Sound Quality
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
- Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed at RTI
- Beautifully Restored Gatefold Jacket Art by Stoughton
Intervention Records presents Judee Sill's classic 1971 debut, Judee Sill, and her stellar followup Heart Food. Each album is cut as a double 45 RPM LP set and pressed on dead-quiet 180-gram vinyl.
The astonishing Judee Sill was the first artist signed to David Geffen's Asylum Records, and Judee Sill was the first album released on the label. Sill's music is intensely spiritual, redolent of mystical and divine imagery, yet grounded by great songwriting and a pure but powerful singing talent. Her songs impart incredible intimacy that is enhanced by her sometimes complex string arrangements (remarkably Sill arranged and conducted the strings/orchestra on these albums!).
Sill's life was tragic personally and professionally. Her father and brother were killed when Sill was young, and her tempestuous relationship with her alcoholic (and remarried) mother resulted in her leaving home at 15. She committed robberies and began a battle she was destined to lose against drug addiction. When stardom didn't follow the critical acclaim of these two albums her career never recovered. Sill was dead from a drug overdose in 1979 at just 35. The brevity of Judee's musical legacy is outweighed by the emotional power and weight of these two extraordinary albums.
Judee Sill and Heart Food were AAA mastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. The master tapes are in beautiful shape, and listeners will be blown away by the revelatory inner detail and three-dimensionality retrieved from these achingly gorgeous recordings. These new Intervention reissues represent THE definitive listening experience for these classic LPs!
The original LP art has been beautifully restored by IR's Tom Vadakan and the old-style, "tip-on, brown-in" gatefold jackets are printed by Stoughton.
"Rapturous and otherworldly." — Rolling Stone
"... it's hard to suppress the inner light of Sill's work. It shines." — Pitchfork
Ratings from Michael Fremer @ AnalogPlanet.com
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