Cris Williamson

Cris Williamson

by Cris Williamson


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Although she later became an icon of the lesbian-leaning women's music movement, Cris Williamson came across as a conventional folk-rock singer/songwriter of her time when she released her self-titled mature debut on Ampex Records in 1971. (Previously, she had recorded three albums for a local label in her teens.) Williamson acknowledged the influence of Judy Collins, who also came from the Rocky Mountains region, even to the point of bearing the nickname "Judy, Jr.," and the immediate impression of anyone hearing the album for the first time had to be just how similar their singing voices were, not only in terms of timbre, but also phrasing; simply put, it would take the average music fan a while into the album to realize that this was not Judy Collins singing. That accepted, however, Williamson, who wrote or co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks, had her own musical approach, and a small army of top session musicians and arrangers gave her an eclectic style that ranged from the solo piano accompaniment of the leadoff track, "Waiting," to the string and horn charts that filled the ambitious closing song, "Number One." Williamson's western background was reflected in occasional examples of country-inflected playing, notably in "Joanna," which also contained more than a hint of Joni Mitchell. The subject matter included everything from character portraits like "Rebecca" and "James" to John Fromer's call for world peace, "One Thousand Cranes." The vicissitudes of romance were not central concerns, although Robin Lane's "Make Me Not a Stranger" clearly concerned a heterosexual relationship. In fact, the only song with a lyric that could be taken to reflect homosexuality was "Joanna," with its line "I need to touch you," and, not surprisingly, lesbian performer Meg Christian seized on that and began performing it, later recording it on her debut album, I Know You Know. Cris Williamson fits in neatly with the singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s and should be enjoyed by fans of Collins, Mitchell, and Carole King who may or may not appreciate its status as a precursor to the inception of women's music.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2006
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0618106592727
catalogNumber: 5637258410
Rank: 247065

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cris Williamson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
David Hayes   Bass,Musician
Chuck Rainey   Bass,Musician
Grady Tate   Drums,Musician
Jay Berliner   Guitar,Musician
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Michael Zager   Keyboards,Musician
David Nadien   Violin,Musician
Amanuel Vardi   Viola
Sanford Allen   Strings,Musician
Julien Barber   Musician
Arnold Black   Musician
Sam T. Brown   Guitar
Frederick Buldrini   Musician
David Carey   Percussion,Musician
Selwart Clarke   Musician
Melbourne Cranshaw   Musician
John Eckert   Horn,Musician
Bernard Eichen   Musician
Lewis Eley   Musician
Max Ellen   Musician
Rik Elswit   Guitar,Musician
John Frosk   Musician
Harold Furmanski   Musician
Eric Gale   Guitar,Musician
John Gatchell   Horn
Russell George   Drums,Musician
Paul Gershman   Musician
Homer Mensch   Musician
Kermit Moore   Strings,Musician
Marin Morganstern   Musician
Frank Owens   Keyboards,Musician
Raoul Poliakin   Violin,Musician
Matthew Raimondi   Musician
George Ricci   Musician
George Ricco   Strings
Margaret Ross   Harp
Tom Salisbury   Keyboards
Stuart Scharf   Guitar,Musician
Aram Schefrin   Musician
Tom Schwabenlunder   Musician
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Alan Shulman   Musician
David Spinozza   Guitar,Musician
Annette Vito   Musician
Emanuel Vardi   Musician
Teressa Adams   Musician
Terry Adams   Strings
Donald Ashworth   Keyboards,Musician
Raymond Gniewek   Musician
Harvey Shapiro   Steel Guitar,Musician

Technical Credits

Cris Williamson   Composer
Michael Zager   Arranger
Max Allen   Contributor
Thomas Heimberg   Contributor
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
John Pintavalle   Contributor
Tom Salisbury   Arranger
Aram Schefrin   Arranger
Alan Shulman   Arranger
Allan Sulman   Contributor
Emanuel Vardi   Arranger

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