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Suzanne Menzel – Goodbyes And Beginnings

Suzanne Menzel
Goodbyes And Beginnings
Label: Frederiksberg Records
Catalog Number: FRB005
Released: 1981, 80's
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A costly vinyl rarity until 2018 when Frederiksberg Records released a reissue, Goodbyes and Beginnings is a cult classic that sounds like the lovechild of 60’s folk and 80’s new age. A few songs in and you might think you are listening to a Celtic folk obscurity from the 60’s – then suddenly the use of electronics by Danish new age pioneer Klaus Schønning reveals the record’s actual timestamp: 1981. The album’s eclectic mixture of ambient, new age, synth-pop, and folk is tied together with an ornate, wintry feel, and the delicate, sweet voice of Danish singer-songwriter Suzanne Mendel, a voice as high, cheery, and maternal as Vashti Bunyan’s – the type of soothing, hospitable voice that makes you want to visit their cottage for a cup of tea. The avant-garde album was Menzel’s first and only album, self-funded and originally self-released, made possible by the boost of courage Schønning gave her.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A5 I Feel It Starts Again, B6 The Advertising Song, A3 What A Winter’s Day

Tags: Cosmic / Cult Classic / New Age
Tracklist:

A1 Farewell, Nancy
A2 Goodbyes And Beginnings
A3 What A Winter’s Day
A4 Under The Surface
A5 I Feel It Starts Again
A6 This Is Not Your Life
B1 She Was A Really Beautiful Lady
B2 The Ghost
B3 Winter Comes
B4 On The Corner Of July
B5 Summer Rain
B6 The Advertising Song

Credits:

Vocals, Arranged By, Acoustic Guitar – Suzanne Menzel
Arranged By, Organ, Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Stringmachine], Clavinet, Piano, Accordion, Melodica, Slide Guitar, Autoharp, Kalimba, Drum Programming [Rhythm Computer], Percussion – Klaus Schønning
Mixed By, Engineer – Tom Andersen
Producer – Klaus Schønning
Reissue Producer – Andreas Vingaard
Remastered By – Greg Reierson
Design – Mette Hertz
Design (Restoration) – Josh Dunn

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