Karen Dalton - In My Own Time [50th Anniversary Edition] [One LP]
This item is scheduled to be released on 11th November 2022.
The same great LITA treatment, but all on a single disc.
Karen Dalton’s 1971 album, In My Own Time, stands as a true masterpiece by one of
music’s most mysterious, enigmatic, and enduringly influential artists. Celebrating
the album’s 50th anniversary, Light in the Attic is honored to present a newly
remastered (2021) edition of the album.
+ Limited LPs are pressed on silver vinyl.
The Oklahoma-raised Karen Dalton (1937-1993) brought a range of influences to her
work. As Lenny Kaye writes in the liner notes, one can hear “the jazz of Ella
Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the immersion of Nina Simone, the Appalachian keen
of Jean Ritchie, [and] the R&B and country that had to seep in as she made her way to New York"
Armed with a long-necked banjo and a 12-stringed guitar, Dalton set herself apart
from her peers with her distinctive, world-weary vocals. In the early ‘60s, she
became a fixture in the Greenwich Village folk scene, interpreting traditional material, blues standards, and the songs of her contemporaries, including Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, and Richard Tucker, whom she later married. Bob Dylan, meanwhile, was instantly taken with her artistry. “My favourite singer in the place was Karen Dalton,” he recalled in Chronicles: Volume One (Simon & Schuster, 2004). “Karen had a voice like Billie Holiday and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed.”
Those who knew Dalton understood that she was not interested in bowing to the whims of the record industry. On stage, she rarely interacted with audience members. In the studio, she was equally as uncomfortable with the recording
process. Her 1969 debut, It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best,
reissued by Light in the Attic in 2009, was captured on the sly when Dalton assumed
that she was rehearsing songs. When Woodstock co-promoter Michael Lang approached Dalton about recording a follow-up for his new imprint, Just Sunshine,
she was dubious, to say the least. The album would have to be made on her own
terms, in her own time. That turned out to be a six-month period at Bearsville
Studios in Woodstock, NY.
Producing the album was bassist Harvey Brooks, who played alongside Dalton on
It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best. Brooks, who prided himself
on being “simple, solid and supportive,” understood Dalton’s process, but was also
willing to offer gentle encouragement, and challenge the artist to push her creative
bounds. “I tried to present her with a flexible situation,” he told Kaye. “I left the
decisions to her, to determine the tempo, feel. She was very quiet, and I brought all
of it to her; if she needed more, I’d present options. Everyone was sensitive to her.
She was the leader.”
Dalton, who rarely performed her own compositions, selected a range of material to
interpret—from traditional songs like “Katie Cruel” and “Same Old Man” to Paul
Butterfield’s “In My Own Dream” and Richard Tucker’s “Are You Leaving For The
Country.” She also expanded upon her typical repertoire, peppering in such R&B
hits as “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “How Sweet It Is.” In a departure from
her previous LP, Dalton’s new recording offered fuller, more pop-forward arrangements, featuring a slew of talented studio musicians.
While ‘70s audiences may not have been ready for Dalton’s music, a new generation
was about to discover her work. In the decades following her death, a slew of artists
would name Karen Dalton as an influence, including Lucinda Williams, Joanna
Newsom, Nick Cave, Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart, Sharon Van Etten, Courtney
Barnett, and Adele. In the recent acclaimed film documentary Karen Dalton: In My
Own Time, Cave muses on Dalton’s unique appeal: “There’s a sort of demand made
upon the listener,” he explains. “Whether you like it or not, you have to enter her
world. And it’s a despairing world.” Peter Walker, who also appears in the film,
elaborates on this idea: “If she can feel a certain way in her music and play it in
such a way that you feel that way, then that’s really the most magical thing [one]
can do.” He adds, “She had a deep and profound and loving soul…you can hear it in
All audio has been newly remastered by Dave Cooley, while lacquers were cut by
Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters.
A newly expanded booklet—featuring rarely seen photos, liner notes from musician
and writer Lenny Kaye, and contributions from Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart—rounds out the CD (32-pgs) and LP (20-pgs) packages.
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Karen Dalton - In My Own Time [50th Anniversary Edition] [One LP] is available for preorder now and has a scheduled release date of 11th November 2022. In the event of any delays to this date, we will try to keep this page updated, specifically in the 'release updates' tab. Sadly, we are seeing a lot of date changes in 2022 so please bear with us.
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