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Product: Judy Dyble - Talking With Strangers
Date: 2013-03-17 

Talking With Strangers

Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers(2013) 

Label: Gonzo Media Group  
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Running Time: 54:52 
Reviewer: Harry 'JoJo' de Vries 
(out of 5 JoJo's)

An illustrious names from the past, Judy Dyble. Singer in the pre Sandy Denny era on the debut album of Fairport Convention, member of Trader Horne, working with Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald and Giles brothers late 60s and Lol Coxhill. After that artistic successes bro
ke another life of raising children, along with Simon Stable (ever active at Ten Years After), and work outside the music industry. But blood is thicker than water and since some years Dyble back to the front. And how! Dyble searched and foundcollaboration with our famous Tim Bowness and Alistair Murphy, both in composition and in the implementation of "Talking with Strangers". Murphy and Bowness wrote along with six of the nine songs, are active in all tracks and the whole breathes the atmosphere of  No Man. Moreover Dyble her former relationships above, resulting in participation include Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald and Pat Mastelotto. Judy Dyble has still that beautiful voice that is so well suited for the folk music they used to make, and that fits well with the vocals and harmonies with Bowness. Although these folk influences on this album still exist, there are clearly progressive elements found. The influence of Bowness lets felt here.As in the beautiful opener 'Neverknowing' and the strong, indeed some jazzy sounding "Jazz Birds". Especially Grey October Day 'pleases me very much and that would, with a slight modification, so an album of No Man can stand.

The absolute highlight is the over 19 minutes of "Harp Song", the most progressive number "Talking with Strangers ', which Fripp fully indulges on guitar and soundscapes and Ian McDonald wonderful parties drop on both sax and flute. Much is happening both in structure and composition of the track and in terms of instrumentation, there is dynamism and variety and it remains exciting from beginning to end. "Harp Song" to the life of Dyble portray and, her biography reading, I can me there is something to imagine.The album is now reissued by Gonzo and that is the cause of two bonus tracks, 'Waiting' and 'Sparkling', which is not inferior to the rest. One downside, the Greg Lake / Pete Sinfield cover 'C'est la Vie' was for me not have to do as consummate cover hater and sounds to me a little too sweet.since the here discussed and stunning artwork inserted Judy Dyble album has been frequently Bowness collaborated with, among others resulting in the EP 'Grey October Day' from 2011, and Alistair Murphy. A fruitful cooperation, as does "Talking with Strangers" clear, tastes much more.


Talking With Strangers
CD - £9.99

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