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Ronee Blakley: quality folkie debut album that ranks with the best - The Audiophile Man
Title: Ronee Blakley Label: Man in the Moon She was a singer-songwriter but with a decided folk-based style who found a measure of fame with this release, issued in 1972. More attention followed when people like Bob Dylan nodded in her direction. She would even enter into a film career as, in 1975, Robert Altman starred her in his Nashville film as Barbara Jean, a singer who is targeted and badly treated. To be honest, she had already flirted with film by composing the title song to the Jack Lemmon/Catherine Deneuve film, The April Fools in 1969 as part of the band California. Blakley then composed the music for the film, Welcome Home Solider Boys and it was from that that she was recommended to the Elektra label. Jac Holzman (founder/president) stated that, “I heard a tape of her material and was really impressed by her, though she was quite terrific.” The session musicians accompanying her on this album were the cream of the crop and were used to allowing the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Brown and more. The standard of the music on this album draws comparison with the material of these artists while the quality is right …