Julie Felix - Starry Eyed And Laughing... (Songs By Bob Dylan) (2002)

Julie Felix - Starry Eyed And Laughing... (Songs By Bob Dylan) (2002)

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FLAC (tracks) / MP3 320 kbps | Pop, Folk, Country | 1h 52 min | 594 / 264 MB

Although she enjoyed stardom and an enduring multi-decade career in the U.K., folk singer Julie Felix never achieved widespread recognition in her native United States. After immigrating to England in the mid-'60s, the Californian was able to capitalize on the country's sudden post-Dylan appetite for American folk music and subsequently became the first solo folk artist to sign a major-label deal there. During her late-'60s peak, Felix's career in England was booming; she had scored a number of hits, sold out Royal Albert Hall, and hosted a popular variety television show. Her popularity continued into the early '70s, after which she spent a period living and recording in Norway -- where she also had several hits -- before returning to California and focusing on humanitarian issues. Moving back to England in the '90s, she revived her career and released a string of original albums on her own label, becoming a much-loved veteran of the U.K. touring circuit throughout the next two decades. Prior to her death in early 2020, Felix had celebrated her 80th birthday with a new album, Rock Me Goddess, in 2018. Felix was born in California, of mixed Mexican and Native American ancestry. A natural singer by inclination, she was drawn to folk music at an early age but was unable to get a career started in America, even amid the folk revival of the early '60s. In 1964, she decided to go hitchhiking across Europe, and instead of heading home at the end of her travels, she made England her destination. She arrived there just in time to catch a fresh wave of enthusiasm for American folk music, fostered by Bob Dylan's emergence internationally as a singer and songwriter. American folk musicians had always found a welcome among England's folk enthusiasts, but just then, thanks to Dylan, the sheer number of folk listeners had ballooned to massive proportions. Felix also found a natural audience for her work -- she had an engaging voice and manner, a distinctive Mexican guitar (a gift from her father), and her combined Mexican and Native American backgrounds, which made her stand out from her other compatriots, who were white and male. Suddenly, Felix had a major career -- the same year that she arrived in England, she became the first solo folk performer signed to a major British label when she got a contract from English Decca. Felix debuted with a self-titled album and a single of Ian Tyson's "Someday Soon," and she also scored a hit on television, on The Eammon Andrews Show. By 1965, she was a headlining performer, referred to in The London Times as Britain's First Lady of Folk. She cut two more LPs for Decca over the next two years, including an album of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie songs, and was also one of the biggest exponents of the work of Leonard Cohen before he'd established himself beyond a small cult of listeners in England. She also began getting recognized for her commitment to charitable causes, and not only raised money for hunger relief but visited several of the more troubled countries in the Third World. By the end of 1965, Felix had filled Royal Albert Hall for one of her concerts, reportedly the first folksinger based in England to accomplish that feat. In 1966, she moved to the Fontana label, for which she cut three albums -- her 1966 album, Changes, is regarded as one of her best, mixing traditional and contemporary material and utilizing the support of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. Meanwhile, on-stage she came under the wing of Brian Epstein, who booked her and Georgie Fame together at the Saville Theatre, with a then-unknown Cat Stevens appearing as the opening act. By 1967, Felix was well established enough to be a featured weekly guest on David Frost's television series, and by 1968 had earned her own television variety series, with guests that included Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, Donovan, and Richard Harris. Her late-'60s recordings included Going to the Zoo, a delightful collection of children's songs on Fontana, and in 1969 she was one of the artists featured at the Isle of Wight Festival. Finally, in 1970, Felix had her first pop hit when she reached the British Top 20 with her version of "El Condor Pasa," recorded under the auspices of producer Mickie Most -- indeed, Felix was the first artist on Most's newly formed RAK label to have a hit record, and she later recorded the album Clotho's Web (1972) for RAK. She also made her long-delayed debut on American television, courtesy of her longtime friend David Frost, who booked her on his Metromedia-produced talk show. Felix scored a second hit for Most with her cover of "Heaven Is Here" before moving to EMI in 1974. The mid-'70s marked a period of extreme change for Felix, who was an unapologetic 1960s liberal with a strong commitment to social issues. She became disillusioned with the direction of the world as the '70s wore on, and with society's more hedonistic orientation. Finding Northern Europe a more agreeable place to live and work, she moved to Norway and subsequently enjoyed hit records both there and in Sweden. Felix returned to California late in the decade and used the time to recharge her social conscience -- by the early '80s, she was heavily involved in the human rights campaign in Latin America. She returned to England in the early '90s and resumed her career, focusing more on writing her own material and directing her activities toward new age philosophy and interests, in addition to political issues. In the mid-'90s, Felix released a series of original albums on her own label, Remarkable Records, including 1995's Windy Morning and 1998's Fire - My Spirit. Heading into the 21st century, she continued to thrive as a live act, touring frequently and releasing a collection of Bob Dylan covers in 2002 called Starry Eyed and Laughing... Songs by Bob Dylan and another set of originals in 2008's Highway of Diamonds. Still going strong into the 2010s, Felix issued what would prove to be her final album, Rock Me Goddess, in 2018, when she was 80 years old. She continued performing throughout England up until her death in March 2020, leaving behind a remarkably durable legacy that spanned six decades.

[5:39] 1. Julie Felix - Chimes Of Freedom
[6:19] 2. Julie Felix - Mr Tambourine Man
[8:14] 3. Julie Felix - Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
[3:14] 4. Julie Felix - Subterranean Homesick Blues
[3:12] 5. Julie Felix - One Too Many Mornings
[5:56] 6. Julie Felix - Romance In Durango
[5:07] 7. Julie Felix - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
[4:59] 8. Julie Felix - The Lonesome Death Of Hattie
[6:28] 9. Julie Felix - Carroll
[4:05] 10. Julie Felix - Gates Of Eden
[5:30] 11. Julie Felix - I Shall Be Released
[4:16] 12. Julie Felix - Masters Of War
[4:49] 13. Julie Felix - Every Grain Of Sand
[4:05] 14. Julie Felix - Love Minus Zero / No Limit
[5:17] 15. Julie Felix - One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
[7:17] 16. Julie Felix - Boots Of Spanish Leather
[5:37] 17. Julie Felix - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
[8:25] 18. Julie Felix - Bllad Of Hollis Brown
[8:16] 19. Julie Felix - Vissions Of Johanna
[6:18] 20. Julie Felix - A Hard Rajn's A-Gonna Fall
[0:08] 21. Julie Felix - Not Dark Yet

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