Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows”

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Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows”

Postby MarieM » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:52 pm

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Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows” (Leonard Cohen Cover)
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July 24, 2017

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Last month, longtime friends Stephen Stills and Judy Collins announced that, nearly 50 years after Collins served as the inspiration for Stills’ CSN song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” they were working together on their first-ever collaborative album, dubbed Stills & Collins. It’s due out on 9/22, and today they’ve shared the first track from their album: a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows.” This one has some history to it, as NPR lays out: Collins met Cohen in 1966 and included a cover of “Suzanne” on her In My Life album, and they danced around each other’s careers for the next few decades. Collins’ “Everybody Knows” cover with Stills marks the first time either of them has covered Cohen’s work since he died late last year. Listen to it below.
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Re: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows”

Postby yentek » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:43 pm

One of the all time worst LC covers!
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Re: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows”

Postby jarkko » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:53 am

STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS SHARE A MOVING TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN, TITLE TRACK FROM THEIR UPCOMING LP 'EVERYBODY KNOWS'

LISTEN VIA NPR SONGS WE LOVE: http://n.pr/2vSoU8X

STILLS & COLLINS KICK OFF 45+ DATE U.S. TOUR THIS WEDNESDAY IN CHICAGO


Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have shared the first taste of their debut collaborative album ‘Everybody Knows,’ a touching duet honoring Collins’ longtime friend and collaborator Leonard Cohen. Due out September 22 on Wildflower/Cleopatra, ‘Everybody Knows’ features a trove of gems from Stills and Collins’ five-decade history. The pair met in 1967 and began a tumultuous relationship, immortalized in Stephen’s iconic hit “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” 50 years later, they reunited in Los Angeles to record ‘Everybody Knows.’

Listen to “Everybody Knows” via NPR’s Songs We Love: http://n.pr/2vSoU8X
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Everybody Knows” holds special significance for Collins, who was the first artist to ever sing Leonard Cohen’s work. Collaborating since the early 1960s, Judy recorded Cohen classics like “Suzanne” and “Bird On A Wire” before he even did. This record marks Judy’s first-ever version of “Everybody Knows” and her first time recording Cohen’s work since his passing. Coupled with Stills’ rich baritone and legendary guitar work, this impassioned ballad takes on a life of its own.

The full album will also include Stills and Collins revisiting the first song they ever recorded together (1968's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes”) and dueting on "Judy," a demo Stephen tracked in the late 60s which remained lost for decades. "Houses" is a particular standout, a tribute from Judy to Stephen penned for her 1975 Platinum-selling 'Judith.' "Houses" was one of only three originals Judy recorded on the breakout album. Stills’ "Questions" is another notable from the collection, recorded for Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Last Time Around,’ and later revisited on the second section of “Carry On,” from the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opus ‘Déjà Vu.' Judy even penned a brand-new original for ‘Everybody Knows,’ entitled “River Of Gold.”

The duo embarks on a U.S. tour this week that will run through November, marking their first time performing on stage together. A full list of dates is below, beginning at Ravinia Pavilion outside of Chicago this Wednesday July 26.

TRACKLIST:

1. Handle With Care
2. So Begins The Task
3. River Of Gold
4. Judy
5. Everybody Knows
6. Houses
7. Reason To Believe
8. Girl From The North Country
9. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
10. Questions

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Re: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – “Everybody Knows”

Postby jarkko » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:36 am

From the npr website, link above
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins' duo album, Everybody Knows, marks the long-deferred continuation of a story that started nearly half a century ago. But the title track brings closure to a musical relationship that goes even farther back.

Stills was romantically involved with Collins around the time Crosby, Stills, and Nash started in 1968, but the couple split before the recording of CSN's 1969 debut album. That record's opening song, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," was Stills' bittersweet look back at the relationship. Not only did it aid the trio's ascent to stardom (the fledgling group's performance of the tune is a highlight of the iconic Woodstock documentary), it became a classic-rock radio staple forevermore.

So Collins, 78, and Stills, 72, reuniting after all these years to sing together for the first time on record represents one level of denouement. But their version of "Everybody Knows" closes yet another circle: the one surrounding Collins and the song's author, Leonard Cohen.

In 1966, when Cohen and Collins first mee, he was an established poet but a fledgling songwriter with no intentions of singing. Collins was so floored by his song "Suzanne" that she put it on her hit album In My Life that year, effectively putting Cohen on the map. Soon after, she encouraged him to perform his own songs, notably by dragging him onstage to sing "Suzanne" at her Town Hall concert in New York. Without her support, Cohen might never have had a career.

Collins recorded Cohen's songs all throughout her discography, even releasing an entire album of them in 2004. But her recording of "Everybody Knows" with Stills marks the first time she's covered Cohen posthumously. So it's almost impossible not to hear it at least partly as a kind of eulogy, coming as it does just months after his passing.

"Everybody Knows" originally appeared on Cohen's 1988 "comeback" album, I'm Your Man. Like so many of Cohen's greatest songs, it takes a wide-angle view of the human condition by expertly blending neck-deep desolation and regret with an acidic sense of humor. In the world "Everybody Knows" describes, corruption and deceit are a given in every walk of life, and the only sensible response is an all-encompassing weltschmerz. But when the sentiments get the blackest, the pitch-dark humor emerges to keep things from dipping completely into the abyss, with lines like "Everybody got this broken feeling / Like their father or their dog just died."

Neither Collins nor Stills is known for employing sarcasm or apocalyptic irony in their work. Their songs are generally imbued with a fair degree of earnestness and taken at face value; it's part of what has helped them communicate so powerfully to so many people throughout the decades. So it's all the more remarkable that the duo is able to deliver the song in an utter deadpan style so effectively.

As Stills and Collins wind their voices around the song's incantatory, minor-key melody in a hypnotic, almost spooky, harmony, the depth and gravity of Cohen's observations gain easier access to the soul than a more gothic, angst-ridden treatment might allow. It's not hard to imagine Collins taking that aforementioned "broken feeling" very much to heart regarding the still-fresh absence of her old friend, which, for all of the performance's straightforwardness, adds a soupçon of pathos to the proceedings. Collins and Stills aren't just whistling through the graveyard Cohen created here — they're proud pied pipers.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins' Everybody Knows comes out Sept. 22.
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