Thursday, February 10, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 273: Marat/Sade

Marat/Sade - Judy Collins (1966)

Judy Collins' 1966 classic In My Life is in someways the most "Progressive" folk album ever released. She goes from modern masters such as Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Randy Newman to the pre-World War II German theatre world of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. However, what will stop you in your tracks is her medley of songs from Peter Weiss' immortal work The Persecution & Assassination Of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed By The Inmates Of the Asylum Of Charenton Under the Direction Of The Marquis De Sade. Collins captures this landmark and controversial work and places it tightly into her singer/songwriter canon. If you are unfamiliar with the play, you can watch it with The Royal Shakespearean Company cast on youtube as we speak in its entirety. If you are unfamiliar with Collins' medley, sit back and listen for a little over five minutes. You'll really want to see it after the final strings are silenced.

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