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1966 by Karen Dalton
Released: Jan 2012
Label: Delmore Recording Society
These rare home recordings -- made at Karen Dalton's Colorado cabin in 1966, but "lost" for the next five decades -- capture the folk singer at her most private and vulnerable. There are a handful of deep moments. The phantom rendition of "Cotton Eyed Joe" makes you wish you were a fly on the wall; the Fred Neil covers, "Other Side to This Life" and "Little Bit of Rain," are equally touching. Other stuff isn't so sublime: Her version of Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises" feels less like performance and more like rehearsal. As for fidelity, it's fuzzy in spots, but warm and intimate overall.
Justin Farrar