Picks and Pans Review: Judy Collins: from the Heart

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

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The two women who were the most popular female folk singers of the 1960s, Collins and Joan Baez, were really too formal to deserve the folkie designation. With the passing years, Collins's style has grown even more stately, as this benefit concert for leukemia research reveals.

Her phrasing is so elegant and her diction so fastidious that they keep putting her a beat or more behind the band on such well-known selections as Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" and Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle." The singer sounds best on an a cappella rendition of the traditional Scottish ballad "Wild Mountain Thyme," with her voice pouring out pure and pellucid.

Collins fans may be enthralled with this prissy performance, but to the casual viewer, her manner is too regal and frosty to capture the interest.

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