1st July, 2013

Australia’s ‘First Lady’ Of Song Celebrates Her 70th Birthday!

Listen to a medley of tracks from Judith’s new album on Soundcloud:

History records 3 July 2013 as Judith Durham’s 70th birthday – Australia’s first international pop princess is now a reigning monarch when it comes to the world’s top female vocalists.

This ‘platinum’ milestone is one to truly celebrate for Australia’s ‘first lady’ of song, and Decca Records / Universal Music Australia is proud to mark this occasion with the release of The Platinum Album.

This beautiful birthday anthology features 23 standout tracks from the past 50 years, judged simply on their artistic merit. They span Judith’s earliest studio performances in 1963, to two gems recorded in recent months.

All tracks were personally selected by Judith when the project commenced in July last year, at the conclusion of her Colours Of My Life solo tour of Australia.  She immensely enjoyed the process of selecting material from her entire career, before she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during The Seekers’ Golden Jubilee Tour.  Presently, she remains in the care of Epworth Private Hospital in Melbourne where she continues an intensive rehabilitation program.

The Platinum Album includes one of her very first recordings (before she joined The Seekers) Jelly Bean Blues, two of the biggest Seekers hits – The Carnival Is Over and Morningtown Ride – tracks from her solo albums ‘Gift Of Song’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘Hold On Your Dream’, ‘Epiphany’ and ‘The Australian Cities Suite’, along with her most recent recordings, Forever And Ever and (When You Come To The End Of) A Perfect Day, both being released for the first time.

The Platinum Album also features several rarities, including Memories (the B-side of her second solo single in the 60s, co-written by Judith with David Reilly) and Bonny Face, a 1970 single released only in Brazil, along with her 1997 ARIA Top 20 hit “I Am Australian”, recorded with Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) and the late Mandawuy Yunupingu.

Reflecting on her 70 years – and the 50 of those that she has devoted to music – Judith says, “Music can pull us through anything. Music has taken people of all nations through wars and famines, grief and poverty, sickness, heartbreak and romance, and music takes us all closer to God.”

Her Universal label-mate André Rieu says, “Ever since I first heard Judith Durham’s radiant voice, I knew that there was something very unique, individual and powerful about the way in which it affected me – and does so for many people around the world … thousands, millions, will appreciate the power and beauty and honesty of her once-in-a-lifetime artistry.”

By any standard, the repertoire of the one and only Judith Durham is arguably the most musically diverse across the century divide. The Platinum Album is a testament to Judith’s astounding vocal craft, which is honed to fit every stylistic and artistic demand.

Providing a unique opportunity to fully appreciate Judith’s lifelong commitment and devotion to music, The Platinum Album should be treasured as another enchanting chapter of the Judith Durham story.

“I hope you enjoy The Platinum Album”, says Judith.  “How truly wonderful that I can sit back with you all and relax while songs from all my musical chapters, like a mirror, spring to life as a magical meal of musical memories.”

 Track Listing:

  1. After You’ve Gone
  2. Always There
  3. Australia’s Canberra
  4. Bonny Face
  5. Clancy
  6. Forever And Ever
  7. Gift Of Song
  8. Gloryland
  9. He Will Remember Me
  10. I Am Australian (with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu)
  11. I Love You
  12. If You Go Away
  13. It’s Goin’ To Be A Beautiful Day
  14. Jelly Bean Blues
  15. Memories
  16. Morningtown Ride (The Seekers)
  17. Northern Lights
  18. The Carnival Is Over (The Seekers)
  19. This Is My Song
  20. Wailing Of The Willow
  21. We Must Teach Our Children
  22. What Could Be A Better Way?
  23. (When You Come To The End Of) A Perfect Day

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