Ruthann Friedman - Chinatown


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Review Text Having written the Association's hit single 'Windy' while living in David Crosby's basement, Ruthann Friedman remained an intriguing and mysterious figure of '60s pop for decades. Until recently her released output consisted of a lone folk album titled Constant Companion issued in 1970 by Warner/Reprise. In 2006, a Bay Area label, reissued Constant Companion, renewing interest in Friedman's music and led to a release of a compilation of rare and previously unreleased home recordings from 1965-1971, Hurried Life. Ruthann's career kicked up again, she came out retirement and was heralded by folks like Devendra Banhart, who began singing her praises and sharing gigs with her, while magazines such as Galactic Zoo Dossier put her in the same league as Karen Dalton, Linda Perhaps, et al - as one of the original "goddesses of folk" Most recently, the Now Sounds label has compiled another collection of unheard 1960's rarities titled the Ruthann Friedman Songbook. Light in the Attic is pleased to distribute her brand new album (her first album of all new recordings in ages), which we're happy to report - is in the same 'tradition' as her classic era material. She hasn't gone 'disco' or 'punk' or 'hip hop' - and no less than fellow legend Van Dyke Parks plays piano and accordion. In other words, you need this. "Chinatown is a labor of love. Friends new and old volunteered their talents to help me realize this compilation of new songs. Notably, Jackson Browne gave me the use of his recording studio in Santa Monica. Van Dyke Parks drove all the way from Pasadena to play piano and accordion on three of the songs. John Muller did the initial recording in his home studio in San Jose and Aaron Robinson and Yvette Dudoit drove with me from L.A. to San Jose to add their music to mine. Bil Lane engineered it and the David's Jenkins and Goldstein added bass and drums... I am very proud of this music. It spans several genres and moods from folk to jazz and joy to depression. But then that's life isn't it? I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it..." - Ruthann Friedman 9/27/13.

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