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Monday, December 19, 2022

Susan Reed


Susan Reed

Susan Reed
Production Supervision: Jax Holzman
Cover Design: Harvey
Cover Photo: Guyon
Elektra EKL-116

From the back cover: Susan Reed, a gentle and sensitive artist, made her first album for Elektra – Susan Reed Sings Old Airs, EKL-126 – October 1954. The response was heartwarming and there followed a string of request for another recording, the present one. More recently, Miss Reed has recorded a children's album, Songs For The Wee Folk, EKL-163.

Accompanying herself on harp or zither, Susan sings many familiar songs in her fine musical way. Of her song, she says: "Now, after touring the country singing a whole evening of these songs, I have come to think of each one as an old friend. Each time I sing about Barbara Allen, for example, I find out something new about her character. Some of the songs I was excited about when I first discovered them have not held up as well as others. Most of them have a deeper meaning for me now after ten years of singing them. Some, like friends, drop out for a while, then turn up again."

The three Louisiana French folk songs come form a people who migrated first from Acadia, Nova Scotia, all the way down to Louisiana – a migration immortalized in the Longfellow poem, Evangeline. Recently, the State of Louisiana celebrated the 200th anniversary of this voyage by these people. For the occasion, ESSO Standard Oil contributed a documentary film, produced in the Bayou by Arnold Eagle, Susan Reed arranged and sang the songs as background music. The film, called The Pirogue-Maker ("pirogue" is the name of their canoe-like boats), was given to the state. It was awarded prizes at the Venice Film Festival and the Edinburgh Festival, and acclaimed with the Flaherty and Scholastic Awards.

From Billboard - May 6, 1957: Susan Reed's voice has a purity and sweetness that have earned her a devoted following. This second albums for Elektra will be snapped up by those who know her work. Others should sample her eloquently simple approach to "Greensleeves," "Molly Malone" or "Venezuela." Dealers with a folk clientele can order without hesitation.

Black Is The Color
The Old Woman
I'm Sad And I'm Lonely
Drill, Ye Tarriers
Go Away From My Window
A Mighty Ship
Mother, I Would Marry
Barbara Allen
Michie Banjo
Gue, Gue
The Soldier And The Lady
Molly Malone
Three White Gulls
If I Had A Ribbon Bow
Miss Bailey
Danny Boy

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