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Karen Dalton|It's So Hard To Tell You Who's Going To Love You The Best

It's So Hard To Tell You Who's Going To Love You The Best

Karen Dalton

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Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album has a muted folk-rock feel reminiscent of Fred Neil's arrangements in the mid-'60s, unsurprising since Neil's Capitol-era producer, Nick Venet, produced this disc too, and since Dalton, a friend of Neil, covered a couple of Neil songs here ("Little Bit of Rain," "Blues on the Ceiling"). Although clocking in at a mere ten songs, it covers a lot of ground, from Tim Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Leadbelly to the traditional folk song "Ribbon Bow" and the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones-penned soul tune "I Love You More Than Words Can Say." The record is interesting and well done, but would have been far more significant if it had come out five years or so earlier. By 1969 such singers were expected to write much of their own material (Dalton wrote none), and to embrace rock instrumentation less tentatively.
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1
Little Bit Of Rain
00:02:36

Fred Neil, Composer - Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Sweet Substitute
00:02:43

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jelly Roll Morton, Composer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Ribbon Bow
00:03:01

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, Composer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Arranger, Banjo, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

4
I Love You More Than Words Can Say
00:03:34

Booker T. Jones, Composer - Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Floyd, Composer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

5
In The Evening (It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best)
00:04:33

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, Composer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Arranger, Banjo, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Blues On The Ceiling
00:03:37

Fred Neil, Composer - Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

7
It Hurts Me Too
00:03:07

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, ComposerLyricist - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Meldon London, ComposerLyricist - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, Inc.

8
How Did The Feeling Feel To You
00:02:57

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Hardin, Composer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Right, Wrong Or Ready
00:02:59

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - M. Wiley, Composer - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Down On The Street (Don't You Follow Me Down)
00:02:22

Gary Chester, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Brooks, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kim King, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Huddie 'Ledbelly' Ledbetter, Composer - Karen Dalton, Banjo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Nickolas Venet, Producer - Dan Hankin, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lylliane Douma, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sandy Fisher, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1969 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1969 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1969 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album has a muted folk-rock feel reminiscent of Fred Neil's arrangements in the mid-'60s, unsurprising since Neil's Capitol-era producer, Nick Venet, produced this disc too, and since Dalton, a friend of Neil, covered a couple of Neil songs here ("Little Bit of Rain," "Blues on the Ceiling"). Although clocking in at a mere ten songs, it covers a lot of ground, from Tim Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Leadbelly to the traditional folk song "Ribbon Bow" and the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones-penned soul tune "I Love You More Than Words Can Say." The record is interesting and well done, but would have been far more significant if it had come out five years or so earlier. By 1969 such singers were expected to write much of their own material (Dalton wrote none), and to embrace rock instrumentation less tentatively.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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