A Review of the Julie Felix CD
"The Rainbow Collection"
"The Rainbow Collection"(Track Records: TRA1048)
by Julie Felix
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/05
Let us start this review with a quiz question. Name me the 20th
century American singer who was a legend in a European country, whilst
being unknown in her own?
No, Josephine Baker is NOT the correct answer! Why not? Well because
her initial fame was more based on her exotic (or should that be
“erotic”?) dancing, than her singing.
Mind you, Julie Felix would have made a heck of a fine erotic dancer in
her prime: come to think of it, she STILL has more sex appeal than most
women half her age!
But the question is not whether she can still “hack it” on the catwalk:
rather it is whether she can still hack it in the recording studio?
(For, she is indeed, the answer to my quiz question.)
And on the strength of three hearings of this album, I can say an
emphatic “yes”. Though that said, not much of this album has been
recorded POST the Millennium: most of the tracks seem to have been cut
in 1999, and some actually date from the late 70s.
The album has been brought out to celebrate Julie's 40 years as a
professional performer. It is an interesting mix of material,
containing as it does a Cohen, some Dylan, some self-penned, some
Spanish language songs and some traditional. (And on the subject of the
last-mentioned: I note that Julie calls The Wild Mountain Thyme
“traditional”. Well, Julie, the TUNE may be, but the words are by
Francis McPeake. Written in the mid-Fifties as I recall.)
I liked so much of this album. Julie's voice has lost nothing down the
years, and here she has surrounded herself with some tasty musicians. I
very much liked Darren Spicer's lead acoustic guitar and Noreen
Brokke's authoritative piano playing.
Indeed Noreen's inspired playing on “Hallelujah” helped make it the
best track on the album. Though that said, Julie's impassioned delivery
of Leonard Cohen's remarkable lyric certainly helped! And re those
lyrics: I am uncertain whether that song is 99% mumbo jumbo or whether
I need drop an acid tab to find the real meaning, that lies just
beneath the surface, as with so many of Cohen's songs. But certainly
there is something truly MESMERISING about that song, and Julie and her
mate Noreen had me in a trance.
Nice to hear someone singing a few songs in Spanish…rather than
SpANGLish: that is to say that her Spanish is clearly the real thing.
And what a good choir the Avalonian Free State Choir are! I would
happily buy an album of their work. They join her for the last two
If you are reading this outside the UK, do yourself a favour. Buy the
album. You will thus encounter the “British” Joan Baez (though in truth
she is from Santa Barbara, California!) In Britain though, I need make
no such request: here, this woman is a household name.
Buy it at: www.trackrecords.co.uk
Artiste's website: www.juliefelix.com
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- 1. Masters Of War (Dylan) 4.16
- 2. Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (W. Guthrie) 4.44
- 3. The Ballad Of Doris Kathryn Rodehaver (Felix) 4.30
- 4. I Miss You (Felix) 3.20
- 5. Half A Moon (Felix) 4.40
- 6. Mr Tambourine Man (Dylan) 6.17
- 7. Woman (Felix) 4.17
- 8. I Shall Be Released (Dylan) 4.03
- 9. In Paris (Felix) 5.14
- 10. Hi Lily Hi Lo (Kaper Deutsch) 0.54
- 11. Las Mananitas (Trad) 2.34
- 12. La Barert De Oro (Abundio Martinez) 2.27
- 13. Children Of Abraham (Felix) 3.59
- 14. Hallelujah (Cohen) 5.59
- 15. Hard Rain (Dylan) 6.48
- 16. Wild Mountain Thyme (Trad) - 3.20
- 17. The Irish Farewell (Trad) 3.05
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