Karen Dalton - In My Own Time

 (50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Numbered Edition 3 x 45 RPM, 180 Gram LPs + 2 x 7 Inch Vinyl + CD + Book + Replica Playbill)





50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Strictly limited to 2,000 sequentially foil numbered copies worldwide!

Definitive edition of Karen Dalton's 1971 Acid Folk masterpiece!

All tracks from 2021 transfers and newly remastered by Dave Cooley

Lacquers cut by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters

Karen Dalton's 1971 album, In My Own Time, stands as a true masterpiece by one of music's most mysterious, enigmatic, and enduringly influential artists. Celebrating the album's 50th anniversary, Light in the Attic is honored to present a newly remastered (2021) edition of the album here presented on three sides of 45 RPM, 180-gram vinyl pressed at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), with the fourth side showcasing alternate takes from the album sessions.

The Super Deluxe package also includes the previously unreleased audio from her rare, captivating performance, Live At The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival, May 1st, 1971. This is the first time this audio has been made available in any physical format — presented on 180-gram 12-inch vinyl, pressed at Third Man Record Pressing, and featuring a stunning etching of Dalton by acclaimed artist Jess Rotter on the B-Side.

Accompanying the bonus record is a replica playbill from The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival, 1971, meticulously arranged and compiled from vintage source material by Darryl Norsen.

In addition to the bonus 12-inch, the set contains a CD of all tracks included in the package and two 7-inch singles, featuring previously-unreleased live recordings captured at Germany's Beat Club in 1971, both pressed at Third Man Record Pressing and housed in tip-on jackets.

All audio has been newly remastered by Dave Cooley, while lacquers were cut by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters. A 20-page booklet - featuring rarely seen photos, liner notes from musician and writer Lenny Kaye, and contributions from Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart — rounds out the package, which comes housed in a special trifold jacket, individually foil-stamped and numbered in a strictly limited worldwide edition of 2,000 copies.

The Oklahoma-raised Karen Dalton (1937-1993) brought a range of influences to her work. As Lenny Kaye writes in the liner notes, one can hear "the jazz of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the immersion of Nina Simone, the Appalachian keen of Jean Ritchie, [and] the R&B and country that had to seep in as she made her way to New York."

Armed with a long-necked banjo and a 12-stringed guitar, Dalton set herself apart from her peers with her distinctive, world-weary vocals. In the early ‘60s, she became a fixture in the Greenwich Village folk scene, interpreting traditional material, blues standards, and the songs of her contemporaries, including Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, and Richard Tucker, whom she later married. Bob Dylan, meanwhile, was instantly taken with her artistry. "My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton," he recalled in Chronicles: Volume One (Simon & Schuster, 2004). "Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed."

Those who knew Dalton understood that she was not interested in bowing to the whims of the record industry. On stage, she rarely interacted with audience members. In the studio, she was equally as uncomfortable with the recording process. Her 1969 debut, It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best, reissued by Light in the Attic in 2009, was captured on the sly when Dalton assumed that she was rehearsing songs. When Woodstock co-promoter Michael Lang approached Dalton about recording a follow-up for his new imprint, Just Sunshine, she was dubious, to say the least. The album would have to be made on her own terms, in her own time. That turned out to be a six-month period at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY.

Producing the album was bassist Harvey Brooks, who played alongside Dalton on It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best. Brooks, who prided himself on being "simple, solid and supportive," understood Dalton's process, but was also willing to offer gentle encouragement, and challenge the artist to push her creative bounds. "I tried to present her with a flexible situation," he told Kaye. "I left the decisions to her, to determine the tempo, feel. She was very quiet, and I brought all of it to her; if she needed more, I'd present options. Everyone was sensitive to her. She was the leader."

Dalton, who rarely performed her own compositions, selected a range of material to interpret — from traditionals like "Katie Cruel" and "Same Old Man" to Paul Butterfield's "In My Own Dream" and Richard Tucker's "Are You Leaving For The Country." She also expanded upon her typical repertoire, peppering in such R&B hits as "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "How Sweet It Is." In a departure from her previous LP, Dalton's new recording offered fuller, more pop-forward arrangements, featuring a slew of talented studio musicians.

While '70s audiences may not have been ready for Dalton's music, a new generation was about to discover her work. In the decades following her death, a slew of artists would name Karen Dalton as an influence, including Lucinda Williams, Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave, Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart, Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, and Adele. In the recent acclaimed film documentary Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, Cave muses on Dalton's unique appeal: "There's a sort of demand made upon the listener," he explains. "Whether you like it or not, you have to enter her world. And it's a despairing world." Peter Walker, who also appears in the film, elaborates on this idea: "If she can feel a certain way in her music and play it in such a way that you feel that way, then that's really the most magical thing [one] can do." He adds, "She had a deep and profound and loving soul...you can hear it in her music."

"It's difficult to listen to Karen Dalton's music casually. As Nick Cave recounted in a recent documentary, when he heard Dalton's 'Something On My Mind' one day while driving, he had to pull over because the music and the haunting quiver of her voice made him cry so much. The two records that Dalton recorded in the late '60s and early '70s have left countless listeners and her fellow artists shaken. Though she never got the success she deserved during her life (she died in 1993), Dalton is being more thoroughly appreciated these days. Proof positive is this deluxe re-release of her second album In My Own Time. The package is glorious. The remastered version of the album was cut at 45 RPM for a better range of sound, and it is augmented by a selection of live recordings and outtakes. Also included are two 7"s, a CD version with all the same material, and a booklet featuring contributions from Cave, Devendra Banhart and Lenny Kaye. It's a dream to spin these records and to rejoice in the unworried decay of her singing voice as she takes on traditional folk tunes, Motown classics and blues standards alike." — Robert Ham, Paste Magazine

Super Deluxe Edition Includes

  •  50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
  •  Strictly limited to 2,000 sequentially foil numbered copies worldwide
  •  Definitive edition of Karen Dalton's 1971 Masterpiece
  •  2x 180g 45rpm LPs cut from new 2021 transfers & pressed at RTI, with bonus tracks from the original album sessions
  •  180g 45rpm 12" Vinyl EP: Live At The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival (May 1971), newly remastered (2021) & previously unreleased in any format
  •  B-side includes a beautiful etching of Karen, illustrated by renowned artist Jess Rotter
  •  Previously unreleased 7" single: Live At Beat Club, Germany (April 1971)
  •  Reproduction of 1971 French edition 7" single: Something On Your Mind b/w One Night Of Love
  •  Both 7" singles pressed at Third Man Pressing & housed in old-style tip-on jackets
  •  All audio newly remastered by Dave Cooley
  •  Lacquers cut by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters
  •  CD of all tracks
  •  20-page booklet with unseen photos & liner notes by Lenny Kaye, plus contributions from Nick Cave & Devendra Banhart
  •  Replica playbill for Montreux performance
  •  Special expanded trifold jacket with foil lettering


2LP - In My Own Time
Side I:
1. Something On Your Mind
2. When A Man Loves A Woman
3. In My Own Dream
Side II:
1. Katie Cruel
2. How Sweet It Is
3. In A Station
Side III:
1. Take Me
2. Same Old Man
3. One Night Of Love
4. Are You Leaving For The Country
Side IV:
1. Something On Your Mind (Alternate Take)
2. In My Own Dream (Alternate Take)
3. Katie Cruel (Alternate Take)

12" Vinyl EP - Live At The Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival, May 1971
Side 1:
1. Something On Your Mind
2. Blues On The Ceiling
3. Are You Leaving For The Country
4. One Night Of Love
Side 2:
Etching

7" Vinyl Single - Live At Beat Club, Germany, April 21, 1971
Side A:
1. One Night Of Love
Side B:
1. Take Me

7" Vinyl Single
Side A:
1. Something On Your Mind
Side B:
1. One Night Of Love

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