Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Front cover image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Back cover image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Inner gatefold (left) cover image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Inner gatefold (right) cover image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Front inner sleeve image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Back inner lyric sleeve image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Jackie DeShannon, "To Be Free" LP (1968). Record label sticker image. Folk, pop, pop-rock, sixties.
Modern Soul Records

Jackie DeShannon "To Be Free" LP (1968)

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Details: Promo cutout in top right corner of gatefold, some wear, but in great condition and a fun find with lots of beautiful artwork framing the DeShannon ‘70s vibe!

Description: In the late 1960s, Jackie DeShannon had reestablished herself as a chart presence with the singles "What the World Needs Now" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," and impressed critics with her album Laurel Canyon, and 1970's To Be Free seems to have been intended to consolidate these successes. DeShannon wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's 11 songs, and the themes often reflect the guarded optimism of those singles as well as the hipster pastoralism that was a growing part of pop culture at the time, while the arrangements and production are at once glossy and tasteful, merging top-notch studio craft with just enough restraint to keep the musicians from overwhelming DeShannon's vocals. To Be Free is a superb showcase for DeShannon the singer; many of the tracks find her reaching back to her rhythm & blues influences, and though the music doesn't quite follow the same path, her best moments here are superb. blue-eyed soul, balancing sweetness and grit with the grace of an acrobat. As a songwriting showcase, the album isn't quite as impressive; the opener "Livin' on the East Side" is a bit too cloying, "Child of the Street"'s celebration of a homeless hippie gal sounds woefully naïve four decades later, and "What Was Your Day Like" may make DeShannon's life sound enviable, but ultimately it doesn't have much to say. But "Sooner or Later," "Francoise," and "When Morning Comes Again" display a literacy and emotional depth that ranks with her best work; the good stuff more than compensates for the relative misfires, and her cover of Leonard Cohen's " "Bird on a Wire" is splendid. To Be Free isn't the triumph DeShannon and her collaborators seem to have been reaching for, and that reach often seems to be its greatest failing, but there are far too many good things in this album for anyone who loves great pop music to ignore it.” —All Music, Mark Deming

Grade: VG (cover/inner sleeve) / VG+ (record)

TRACK LISTING SIDE A:

  1. Livin’ On The Easy Side

  2. What Was Your Day Like

  3. Child Of The Street

  4. Sooner Or Later

  5. Mediterranean Sky

  6. Medley: You Keep Me Hangin’ On / You Hurt So Bad

TRACK LISTING SIDE B:

  1. It’s So Nice

  2. Francoise

  3. When Morning Comes Again

  4. Brighton Hill

  5. Bird On The Wire