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Most recent release, "Will Peace Come in Time for Christmas" (single, 2015); most recent full-length release, Ever Since You Never Heard of Me (2010)
Grace Slick, Janis Ian
Mostly own, but also covers
She was an acquired taste. That particular song ["Lay Down"] was quite anthemic with gospel overtones, partly because she was backed up by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, a large r&b/gospel group who are a long way from Melanie's regular sound. (She never used her last name on her albums.) Her voice was something between a screech and Janis Ian. She targets Pop as opposed to Protest or Folk; the album "Candles in the Rain" was released 3/70. The alternative press (which included Rolling Stone, then) just hated everything she did. In terms of positioning her in the female singer/songwriter (she did write some of her songs) pantheon now it would be very hard to say. Not as teenybopper as Tiffany but targeting the then-equivalent of that market; not a lightweight yet talented (in my opinion) pop singer like Kylie Minogue or Sheryl Crow; she's too quirky and original for that. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Probably one of the greatest hits or other compilations would be the best starting point. The Silver Anniversary / Unplugged might be a good beginning.
1989—Food for Thought (UK)
Currently out of print
High if you like a little of the rough edge
Melanie Safka—vocals, guitar
Judging from this album, Melanie definitely has a place in an Ectophile's collection, but I don't know how this album stacks up against her others. Melanie's voice isn't very pretty, she's almost hoarse, but her music works very well. (email@example.com)
Recommended for fans
Melanie—vocals, backing vocals
Micheal Beuchard—backing vocals
A pleasant album, nothing earthshattering, but kinda nice to hear her voice again after a 10-year absence. Hubby Peter Schekeryk once again produces and her now-teenaged kids are on it. She's still a hippie. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a two-disc set in U.S. called Silver Anniversary and a 1-disc album in Europe called Unplugged.
Thanks to Jens P. Tagore Brage for work on this entry.
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