JUDEE SILL – ” Songs of Rapture and Redemptions: Rarities & Live “

Posted: March 26, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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a brand new 2LP collection of Judee Sill demos, outtakes and rarities making their debut
on 180 Gram vinyl. Songs of Rapture and Redemptions: Rarities & Live will be a limited and numbered pressing.

Hailing from California, Judith Lynn Sill was an American singer songwriter born 10/7/44. Her father owned a bar in Oakland and that’s where Judee initially learned how to play piano. Sill met, befriended and started opening shows for Graham Nash and David Crosby in the mid-to-late 1960s. After a bit of interest from Atlantic Records, David Geffen offered Judee a contract and she became the first artist to sign with his then fledgling Asylum label. During her early days at Asylum she sold her song Lady-O to the Turtles and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Graham Nash produced her first single, “Jesus Was A Cross Maker,” off her self-titled debut album which was released on September 15, 1971 and engineered by Henry Lewy who worked with Joni Mitchell throughout the 1970s. The song was inspired by her romance with singer songwriter JD Souther. He later wrote the song, “Something In the Dark,” about her.

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The album featured Sill’s voice in multiple overdubs, often in a four-part chorale or fugue. Her debut album was not a commercial success, despite good reviews. Sill took over orchestration and arrangements for her second album, “Heart Food,” which was released in March of 1973. The album was critically acclaimed but sold poorly which ended her association with Asylum and David Geffen. Judee continued to write songs and in 1974 began to record new material planned for a third album that was never finished. By this time she relapsed into more drug use and developed health problems. After a series of car accidents and failed surgery for back pain, Sill continued to struggle with drug addiction and dropped out of the music scene completely. Judee tragically died of a drug overdose on November 23, 1979 at her apartment in North Hollywood. Judee Sill’s music was not commercially viable at the time but was incredibly influential as well as ground-breaking and many notable songwriters admired her work and covered her songs.

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