FOREIGN TALENT

August 10, 2012 – 4:35 am

Born in Santa Barbara, California and exported to the United Kingdom.

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JULIE FELIX
Bremen 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Uni-Mensa, Bremen, Germany, April 13, 1976. Ex FM stereo. From Nordwestradio Globale Dorfmusik rebroadcast on March 5, 2012.

Why Julie Felix is a foreign talent.

“She graduated in 1956 from the original high school in Westchester, Los Angeles, California. The same year that she arrived in the United Kingdom, she became the first solo folk performer signed to a major British record label, when she got a recording contract with Decca Records. By 1965, she was a headlining performer, referred to in The Times as ‘Britain’s First Lady of Folk’. By the end of that year, she had filled the Royal Albert Hall for one of her concerts.” - Wikipedia.

By the mid-’70s, Felix was striving to be a singer-songwriter rather than a folk interpreter. Her first albums were all filled with other people’s songs but because she was among the first to interpret them, Felix was able to make them her own. As this concert shows, her own songs sound weak by comparison. With the short program time, this must be an incomplete recording but complete broadcast. Go to the link below to order her first three albums.

Felix is 74 and still performing. What a trouper. Thanks to tomyoungster for capturing the rebroadcast and sharing.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. I Can’t Touch The Sun (Shel Silverstein) (3.7MB)
Track 02. Dirty Old Town (Julie Felix) (4.9MB)
Track 03. My Electric Angel (Julie Felix) (6.5MB)
Track 04. Song For Spring (Julie Felix) (7.7MB)
Track 05. Let Me Loose (Julie Felix) (8.6MB)
Track 06. I Remember The Good Times (Julie Felix) (3.9MB)
Track 07. La Malaguena (Agustin Lara) (5.0MB)
(TT: 25:16m)

In 2008, indie label RPM released a 2CD set of Felix’s first three Decca albums, First, Second & Third: The Complete Three Decca LPs 1964-1966. It’s an excellent starter for new fans. Beware though that these are the mono versions. Buy it here.

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  1. One Response to “FOREIGN TALENT”

  2. The credits here are incorrect. “Dirty Old Town” is the well-known song by Ewan McColl, not written by Felix.

    Incidentally, while the Decca reissue is welcome, her best work (including probably the only song ever released in praise of trepanation) is on her Fontana albums, which sadly remain unavailable on CD.the

    By Rod Parkes on Oct 1, 2012

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