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Boomkat Product Review:
I've just been reading an article that places sixties Greenwich Village queen Karen Dalton as the Nick Drake of the Noughties. I'm not sure why the music press insist on using such lazy comparisons - but I can honestly see what they mean on this occasion. Dalton never really achieved the success she deserved and the cult status and hero worship she has attained since has only really come in the last few years. Despite being referred to by Bob Dylan as one of Greenwich Village's most important figures she never really managed to capture public imagination and ended her life as a destitute homeless without a penny to her name. Luckily we're now getting the chance to hear her moving folk and blues renditions, and her remarkable two albums "It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best" and "In My Own Time" have been widely acknowledged as the masterpieces they are by an ever-increasing audience these last few years. This long awaited double disc set features entirely previously unreleased material and is taken from a live show in Boulder Colorado that catches Dalton on fiery, spiritual form. Only four of the songs on this twenty-one track selection ever appeared on her other records, which gives avid Dalton fans like ourselves a hell of a lot of Food for thought. The first thing you might notice about the set is the distinctively tape recorded sound - it sounds perfectly matched with the music, like old 78 records embodying the sound of blues through the 'character' of the sound just as the sound itself. Dalton's voice cuts through the crumbling noise of the tape and it's almost impossible not to feel honoured to hear this obviously very personal music captured as it was being performed live. We've banged on about the impossible beauty of Karen Dalton before on these pages and it doesn't look like we're going to be stopping any time soon if releases like this keep making their way into our catalogue - there shouldn't be any better collection for a music fan, we just can't imagine anyone not being blown away by the otherworldly majesty of Karen Dalton. Highly Recommended.