Favourite Female Vocalist?

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  1. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

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    I mentioned her above.

    Oops, I missed that one. Great minds think alike...
     


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    chronoaug Boston Hipster (Dropkick Murphy)

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    For me, it all starts and ends with Edith Piaf. Incredible pipes and delivery. Anyone else listen to her?
     


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    As of late: Goldfrapp

    For sheer purity: K.D. Lang
     


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    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Off the top of my head:
    Iris Dement; Shemekia Copeland; Mahalia Jackson; Ella Fitzgerald; Edith Piaf; Billie Holiday; Nina Simone; Dusty Springfield; Lucinda Williams; Margo Timmins; Mavis Staples; Emmylou Harris; Claire Torrey makes it solely for her spine-tingling backing vocals on "Great Gig In The Sky"; Chrissie Hynde.
    And lately, the woman who sings lead vocals for the Heartless Bastards.
     


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    wEstSidE Senior member

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    Justine Suissa. Ohhh how I yearn for her sweet voice whispering my ear.
    Sarah McLachlan gets runner-up.
     


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    Quirk Senior member

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    For me, it all starts and ends with Edith Piaf. Incredible pipes and delivery. Anyone else listen to her?

    Occasionally, in doses. She was an original, for sure.

    Just heard Allison Krauss again for the first time in a long while, on a tribute to James Taylor that aired on PBS. Fantastic.
     


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    Full Canvas Senior member

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    A few days ago, I found a dusty cache of old CDs. They probably sat hidden away for the last eight or nine years. The little treasures among them all were three Shirley Horn classics. Here's to Life, You Won't Forget Me, and I Love You, Paris were never better than when I rediscovered them.

    I am surprised that I didn't see Shirley Horn's name mentioned in the earlier posts. I even neglected to mention her in my prior post on the thread. Some of us are a little more seasoned than others and seasoning plays tricks on the memory. [​IMG]


    I know there aren't a lot of classical fans here, but I urge you to listen to Gundula Janowitz singing Strauss's Four Last Songs, check out Beim Schlafengehen if you can only listen to one. It's available on I-tunes as a stand-alone under "vier letzte lieder"...(#3 song out of 4) Berliner Philharmonic/Janowitz, 6 minutes 18 seconds. Spend 99 cents and 6 minutes doing nothing but listening to that song. Find the (very moving Hesse poem) lyrics on Google and check it out.

    Nice call, Mr. Checks. However, Sylvia Sass is my favorite for those Strauss songs. I don't know that you can find it to download. You might be able to find that CD new, but likely used on eBay or Amazon. The CD is on Hungaroton and was issued in about 1979 or 1980. In the 1970s, Sass was being often being reviewed as that era's Maria Callas.

    Sylvia had no shortage of offers to sing at the very best venues. In fact, she did sing in the best opera houses. For whatever reason, though, she toured infrequently and stayed in Budapest more often than not. These days she's more of a footnote even though she still gives recitals and has a successful voice school.

    By the way, you may remember that Beim Schlafengehen was used with great dramatic effect in Peter Weir's Year of Living Dangerously. Linda Hunt (in a fantastic gender bending portrayal of the male photojournalist, Billy Kwan) put the music on an old Victrola and the scratchy, crackling version of the song does the rest. The movie credits were not correct; they wrongly said the song was September.
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    Neko Case
    Kelly Hogan
    Feist
    Emmylou Harris
    Sarah Harmer
     


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    How about Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins?

    For those of you who like the Sundays, I bet you'd like Cocteau Twins as well.
     


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    How about Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins? For those of you who like the Sundays, I bet you'd like Cocteau Twins as well.
    And don't forget Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson of Lush, and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.
     


  11. gamelan

    gamelan Senior member

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    Eva Cassidy
    think this one's been mentioned already, Alison Krauss.

    -Jeff
     


  12. Full Canvas

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    Eva Cassidy
    think this one's been mentioned already, Alison Krauss.

    -Jeff


    That's another very good call. Eva Cassidy's voice is truly lovely. Her story is a very sad one. It is ironic that I didn't hear of this fabulous American talent until well after her death.

    The first time I heard her sing, it was on BBC radio in England around 1999. Her cover of Sting's Fields of Gold was then, and still is, otherworldly. I didn't hear her on American radio until around 2001.

    When we visited with friends in Ireland, we heard the Irish singer Chris de Burgh in Dun Laoghaire. He said that his song, Songbird, was dedicated to Eva.
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    Ella Fitzgerald
    Mary J.Blidge
    Nina Simone
    Aretha Franklin
    Lauryn Hill
     


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    Ella Fitzgerald
    Mary J.Blidge
    Nina Simone
    Aretha Franklin
    Lauryn Hill

    oh, that's right. white girls can't sing.[​IMG]
     


  15. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    That's another very good call. Eva Cassidy's voice is truly lovely. Her story is a very sad one. It is ironic that I didn't hear of this fabulous American talent until well after her death.

    The first time I heard her sing, it was on BBC radio in England around 1999. Her cover of Sting's Fields of Gold was then, and still is, otherworldly. I didn't hear her on American radio until around 2001.

    When we visited with friends in Ireland, we heard the Irish singer Chris de Burgh in Dun Laoghaire. He said that his song, Songbird, was dedicated to Eva.
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    I hadn't heard much about Eva Cassidy until your post, FC. Thanks for the reccomendation, her voice is divine.
     


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