Thursday, December 18, 2008

"I'll Fly Away"

Carolyn Hester is on the cover of this week's Chron, so I was inspired to listen again to her Columbia album, given to me long ago and never discarded on any of those selling trips to Half Price Books. Hers is still a thrilling performance of this song, which has always remained on my mental jukebox. The album is Columbia CL-17961CS-8596. Here's a track list from a Sony reissue as found on Amazon. "Come Back Baby" still generates chills. I've never known why Joan Baez and Judy Collins were more successful in worldly terms; neither one had a voice or a repertory any better than Carolyn Hester's.


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