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The Woodstock Experience – Collector’s Edition
Reconnect with your hippie spirit and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock (August 15). This two-disc set of Janis Joplin’s career-defining Woodstock performance showcases her vocal gumption and demonstrates how her pipes helped carve a place for her in a male-dominated industry.
One disc features three unreleased songs from the August 17, 1969 set, and the other is a reissue of her seminal album, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama. Pay homage to the queen of blues by cranking this on your stereo and sipping some Southern Comfort.
Heap’s unique, one-woman show includes funky voice effects that will simultaneously uplift and spook you (check out the 2005 track “Hide and Seek” for evidence). Every song offers a cinematic quality that’s both over the top and yet amazingly simple. Her promotion of Ellipse includes a series of video blogs on her website that chronicles her recording process. Expect intimacy and eccentricity with this album.
Judee Sill released just two albums before passing away at age 35 in 1979. She left behind a collection of acclaimed music with influences ranging from Bach to gospel. On Crayon Angel, Ron Sexsmith, Beth Orton, Daniel Rossen, and 12 others pay tribute to the underappreciated singer-songwriter.
Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sil