Boomkat Product Review:
A brilliant collection of demos, home recordings and lost songs from astral folk cult hero Ruthann Friedman. One for fans of Linda Perhacs, Devandra Banhart or Vashti Bunyan.
Best known for writing 1960s smash hit 'Windy', famously covered by the Association, Friedman's other material was far more low-key and inward looking. In fact, her music had more in common with Joni Mitchell or even Sandy Denny than it did anything with wider pop potential. These songs build out Friedman's legend in a further dimension, showing further depth than we heard on her 1969 solo debut "Constant Companion".
'Hurried Life' was compiled by producer Pat Thomas, who bundled tracks from Friedman's personal archive with the original version of 'Windy'. With a co-sign from Friedman herself (she recently commented "I think those were representative of me"), it's the best portrait you'll get of the under-heard cult favorite and Tompkins Square have done a good job with this special issue.