The Best of Meg Christian

The Best of Meg Christian

by Meg Christian



Until she became a follower of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and turned to recording devotional music, Meg Christian was a leading light of the women's music movement. Indeed, her debut album, I Know You Know, was the first to be issued by Olivia Records, an independent label devoted to the movement, in 1974. On that LP and its follow-ups, Face the Music (1977), Turning It Over (1981), and From the Heart (1984), and on the duo concert album Meg/Cris at Carnegie Hall (1983), shared with Cris Williamson, Christian performed singer/songwriter folk-rock with a sound similar to that of mainstream contemporaries Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor, but with lyrics (her own and others') that, while no less confessional, had a lesbian rather than heterosexual orientation. With that one differentiation (which sometimes came down to little more than a change in pronouns), however, Christian was very much in the early-'70s singer/songwriter style. She sang songs of self-doubt and self-actualization, fretted about the ups and downs of her relationships, and celebrated her orientation. She did so with a rich, soulful voice tinged with a North Carolina accent, usually in the contralto range, singing over an acoustic guitar and sometimes a few other instruments, gently played. This compilation picks out the highlights of her catalog, from the humorous "Ode to a Gym Teacher" to the reflective "Southern Home," which finds her embracing the region she left, albeit without actually returning there, and "Look Within," a realization that personal fulfillment will not be found in outside events. The reasons for Christian's preeminence in women's music can be found in the songs contained here.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/1993
UPC: 0020002095729
catalogNumber: 957

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meg Christian   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals
Evelyn Harris   Vocals
Yasmeen Bheti Williams-Johnson   Vocals
Laura Sharp   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Meg Christian   Producer
Holly Near   Contributor
Linda Tillery   Contributor
Teresa Trull   Contributor
Cris Williamson   Producer,Contributor
Mary Watkins   Contributor
Shelby Flint   Contributor
Vaneese Thomas   Contributor
Margie Adam   Contributor
Judy Chilnick   Contributor
Diane Lindsay   Producer,Contributor
Carolyn Mitchell   Contributor
Vicki Randle   Contributor
Jeanette Wrate   Contributor
Bernice Brooks   Contributor
Novi Novog   Contributor
Marilyn Donadt   Contributor
Robin Flower   Contributor
Adrienne Torf   Contributor
Jackie Robbins   Contributor
Amy Taylor Barse   Contributor
Kristin Stanford   Contributor
Avril Adams   Contributor
Lori ?   Contributor
Bay Area Women's String Ensemble   Contributor
Marylee Tyson   Contributor
E.G. Seagull   Contributor
L.J. Gross   Contributor

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The Best of Meg Christian 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a long time ago Meg that we lived and loved your music. Last night I put this album on my MP3 and the world flowed back to me as if we had never left it in San Francisco so many years ago. You are still the best of the best Meg, don't ever doubt that and you will always be in our hearts. We have moved on but in the end the best of what we are still lives in these songs and you are still the concert master. BRAVO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joyous music that celebrates the necessity of women's importance. Meg come back!!!!!