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Judee Sill


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Judee Sill: Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live 2LP was the 13th fan voted title and 14th ROG release pressed on vinyl. Limited to only 1296 LPs worldwide and estimated to deliver to stores in August 2018. If you missed out on the pre-order check our store locator to find an authorized Run Out Groove dealer near you.

Vinyl info:
The 2LP set was mastered for vinyl from the original masters by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studios with lacquers cut by Jeff Powell at Sam Phillips Recording Studio. 180g multi-color vinyl was pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands. Gatefold tip-on jacket was manufactured at Stoughton Printing Company.

Details about the record:
Brand new collection of outtakes, demos and live tracks making their debut on vinyl. Comes with new artwork, design & liner notes.

Info about the band:
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. 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 such as Andy Partridge, Liz Phair, Warren Zevon and Shawn Colvin have been fans of her work. Her songs have been covered by the Hollies, Cass Elliott, Warren Zevon, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ron Sexsmith, The Fruit Bats and many more.

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Intro/The Vigilante (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
2. Lady-O (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
3. Enchanted Sky Machines (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
Side B
1. The Archetypal Man (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
2. Crayon Angels (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
3. The Lamb Ran Away With the Crown (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
4. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 10/3/71)
Side C
1. The Pearl (Finished outtake from the album, “Judee Sill”)
2. The Phoenix (Finished outtake from the album, “Judee Sill”)
3. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (home demo)
4. The Desperado (Outtake from the “Heart Food” sessions)
5. The Kiss (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
6. Down Where The Valleys Are Low (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
Side D
1. The Donor (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
2. Soldier Of The Heart (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
3. The Phoenix (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
4. The Vigilante (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
5. The Pearl (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)
6. There’s A Rugged Road (Solo demo for “Heart Food”)