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BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND is a Pop Time Capsule
Imagine yourself in a 1960's egg chair. Across the room from you, the turntable on your living room Hi Fi spins a record. It's a lazy evening in 1969, and the airy pop styling of Roslyn Kind's vocals gently caress your ear drums. Just months before, shortly after graduating high school, she was recording music for her debut album GIVE ME YOU. Later in 1969 she also released THIS IS ROSLYN KIND. Now, with Masterworks Broadway's release of ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND, a remastered re-release of these two albums, you can find yourself transported back to this bygone era again.
I must admit, I had never heard of Roslyn Kind or any of the songs contained on this release before the press release announcing this album landed in my inbox. Listening to the recordings, my mind instantly filled with images of mod dresses and platform go-go boots. While several of the songs have their roots in Broadway, the contemporary pop styling of the songs hides the trappings of the theatrical.
In essence, with ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND, Masterworks Broadway has unearthed and re-released a time capsule of interesting music recorded by Barbra Streisand's lesser-known half-sister. They have reintroduced existing fans and even introduced a whole new generation of listeners to Rosyln Kind's charming voice. Unfortunately, the names of that era, such as Shirley Bassey, are still a cut above what is captured on this re-release.